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Lamar Jackson out vs. Eagles, expected to sit rest of preseason

Lamar Jackson out vs. Eagles, expected to sit rest of preseason

It appears that the Ravens have seen enough from Lamar Jackson this preseason, as their second-year quarterback will remain sidelined until Baltimore faces Miami in Week 1 of the regular season.

Jackson was not in uniform during warmups for Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles. The Ravens fourth and final preseason game will take place next Thursday, and if past seasons are any indication, very few starters on both sides of the ball will play for either squad.

In two preseason games, Jackson impressed. He finished a combined 10-of-16 for 117 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. Additionally, he carried the ball twice for 14 yards, not including an impressive touchdown run that was called back due to penalty.

With Jackson not in uniform and backup Robert Griffin III still out with a broken thumb, it will be rookie Trace McSorley and Joe Callahan at the helm for the next two contests.  These two games could be vital in terms of who will be the backup QB until Griffin returns, should RGIII not be ready for Week 1.


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Ravens lead all teams in Pro Bowl votes, but still have bigger aspirations

Ravens lead all teams in Pro Bowl votes, but still have bigger aspirations

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The unique aspect of the Pro Bowl is that no player on a contending team actually wants to play in the game. 

That’s the position the Ravens are in, as they top the league with six players on the roster currently leading in Pro Bowl voting. 

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, fullback Patrick Ricard, tackle Orlando Brown Jr., guard Marshal Yanda, kicker Justin Tucker and cornerback Marcus Peters all lead their position groups in voting. 

Jackson leads all vote-getters by nearly 30,000 votes, ahead of second-place quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

But the Ravens, while flattered by the voting, aren’t ready to concern themselves with the Pro Bowl.

“Yes, I've seen it, but I'm not really worried about the Pro Bowl voting or Pro Bowl,” Jackson said. “I'm trying to win games. That's all I can say. I'm trying to win, trying to get to the Super Bowl. Pro Bowl, if it comes, it comes, but I want to go to the Super Bowl. That's my goal.”

Jackson is currently an MVP candidate in an apparent two-quarterback race between Russell Wilson and him. 

Ricard, Brown and Yanda are part of perhaps the NFL’s best offense, while Tucker has missed just one field goal and one extra point all season. Peters has two defensive touchdowns in four games with the Ravens.

“Obviously it's a blessing, but what's important to me is making it to the Super Bowl,” Brown said. “And obviously, that's a long way away. I understand that individual accolades come with winning, but ultimately, I want to do what's best for this franchise and this team and bring home a Super Bowl.”

Since the Pro Bowl is played the weekend before the Super Bowl, players on Super Bowl teams don’t participate in the game. 

So while the Ravens might add to their list of six with players like Mark Andrews, Marlon Humphrey and Ronnie Stanley, the goal is to have them not play at all.

“I think at the end of the day it’s cool, it’s definitely cool for guys to be getting voted in,” Andrews said. “I think it speaks to the team, it speaks for everybody in the locker room being able to play. It’s a team game. For me, I think it’d be awesome to be voted to the Pro Bowl, no doubt about it. But at the end of the day, there’s only one goal in my mind and that’s to win a Super Bowl.”


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Eric Weddle claims he won’t give up Ravens’ secrets to Rams

Eric Weddle claims he won’t give up Ravens’ secrets to Rams

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Eric Weddle, at least publicly, claims he won’t give up intel about his old team. 

Weddle spoke with ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry and said he won’t give up any of the Ravens’ secrets to the Rams. Weddle played for the Ravens for three seasons prior to leaving for Los Angeles last offseason. 

"I could tell them a lot of stuff, but that's just not who I am," Weddle told Thiry. "So we're going to play it on the field, and the best team is going to win."

Weddle has a good relationship, even still, with Ravens players and coaches. But for at least this week, there’s been radio silence.

John Harbaugh isn’t concerned about whether or not Weddle will give up information either way. 

“I don’t think it’s that big a deal,” Harbaugh said. “Everything is on tape. It’s not anything that they can’t figure out just by watching the tape.”

In Baltimore, Weddle was praised for his ability to put the defense in the right spots and was known as one of the smartest players in the secondary. 

Weddle, a 13-year veteran, signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract with Los Angeles after being released by the Ravens in March. Weddle was replaced with Earl Thomas. 

On the other side, the Ravens have new cornerback Marcus Peters, who was traded from the Rams to the Ravens in October. Peters was vague about if he’d make the same commitment Weddle did.

“I’m just focused on us,” Peters said when asked about giving intel to the Ravens. “We’re going to go down there. We have a game to play on Monday night and we’re just going to go out there and do our best.” 

As for how much his knowledge would help the Rams defense, Harbaugh said he’s more concerned with Weddle the player than Weddle the informant.

“Eric is a great guy,” Harbaugh said. “Much ado about nothing, to be honest with you. It’s more of a story than it is an issue. Eric is a great guy. He knows a lot of football. Just watch him play.”