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Former Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik waived for second time in as many weeks

Former Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik waived for second time in as many weeks

The trade the Ravens made with the Minnesota Vikings revolving around kicker Kaare Vedvik is the gift that keeps on giving.

After two stellar preseason performances by Vedvik for Baltimore, the Ravens shipped the kicker/punter to Minnesota for a fifth-round pick in August.

That might be the trade of the season for the Ravens.

In his preseason debut for the Vikings, Vedvik missed two field goals from 43- and 54-yards out, respectively. Veteran Dan Bailey was perfect on all of his attempts. When it came time for the Vikings to trim their roster, they elected to stick with the veteran, releasing Vedvik on August 31.

One day later, on September 1, the Norweigan kicker signed with the New York Jets and made the roster. Unfortunately, his poor luck in Minnesota traveled with him to the Big Apple. In his Week 1 debut just seven days after being signed, the 25-year-old missed an extra point and his lone field goal attempt in a 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

In games like those, where a missed kick or two can be decisive in determining the final outcome, the Jets expect better.

Vedvik was released by the Jets on Tuesday, the second time he's been cut in as many weeks.

The Jets have signed veteran Sam Ficken to be Vedvik's replacement.

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Hayden Hurst sending signed jersey to fan he headbutted in TD celebration

Hayden Hurst sending signed jersey to fan he headbutted in TD celebration

Ravens tight end and self-proclaimed #HockeyGuy Hayden Hurst is spreading the holiday cheer as he makes amends for a celebration injury he caused a fan in the stands.

Over Week 14 in Buffalo, Hurst caught a 61-yard toss from QB Lamar Jackson and rushed in to the end zone for his second touchdown of the season. With excitement, Hurst leaped in to the stands to celebrate with fans. In the process, there was some helmet-to-head contact.

Shortly thereafter, Hurst found this tweet that was sent out after the Ravens beat the Bills:

Thanks to social media, a connection was made, and the lucky fan with not only get his gloves but a signed jersey as well.

With warning to future fans down front, Hurst has well established that he is, indeed, a Hockey Guy and will continue to "crash the boards" aka leap in to the stands. 

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Ronnie Stanley absent from practice for second day in a row with concussion

Ronnie Stanley absent from practice for second day in a row with concussion

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — While the Ravens appear to have dodged a sticky situation with Lamar Jackson, the same can’t be said for left tackle Ronnie Stanley. 

He missed Tuesday’s practice with a concussion, and didn’t practice on Monday either. Meaning, the odds don’t look great for Stanley's chances to play on Thursday against the Jets. 

“I’m not going to get into injuries,” coach John Harbaugh said Monday when asked about Stanley’s injury specifically. “We just got done playing the game 24 hours ago. We’re going to play a game Thursday night. The guys that are ready to play will play, the guys that aren’t won’t. So, just look at the injury report and take it from there.”

Should Stanley be unable to play, the presumed starter would be James Hurst, a sixth-year tackle. Hurst has played in every game thus far, but hasn’t played meaningful snaps at tackle for a long stretch of time all year. 

Parker Ehringer, on the roster as a guard, played a bit of everything in college at Cincinnati, and could be called upon to be the backup swing tackle on Thursday.

It’s the second injury the offensive line has faced in recent weeks, as former starting center Matt Skura was lost for the season with a knee injury. Because of that, left guard Bradley Bozeman has had new partners on his left and his right in recent weeks.

“Me and James are good, we call each other brothers,” Bozeman said. “Me, Ben (Powers) and James, they say we all look alike...but we work together a lot. We’re good on our combinations, so it’ll be fine. No matter what happens, we’ll be good.”

If the Ravens have a new left tackle in Hurst on Thursday, there’s still a strong level of confidence in the NFL’s best rush offense. 

“That’s part of the O-line,” Bozeman said. “People go down, people get hurt. But it’s next guy up. All these guys are prepared and ready to roll. I’m not worried about a single guy that’s coming into play.”

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