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Tony Jefferson out for the season with a torn ACL

Tony Jefferson out for the season with a torn ACL

The Ravens secondary has taken a beating in the first several weeks of the 2019 season.

The latest casualty? Safety Tony Jefferson.

Coach John Harbaugh confirmed after the Ravens’ 26-23 overtime win that Jefferson suffered an ACL injury, suggesting there could be more damage done to the joint on top of that. Jefferson went down on the same play Earl Thomas picked off the Steelers, but the interception was negated by Jefferson’s defensive holding.

The veteran leader at the back of the Ravens’ defense will miss the rest of the season.

It’s a crushing blow to a unit that has experienced its fair share of hits early on. Slot cornerback Tavon Young was already out for the year, and starting corner Jimmy Smith has missed the past few weeks with a knee injury of his own.

Smith should return eventually, but the war of attrition that is professional football is taking a toll on the secondary. The Ravens’ defense has struggled in a way fans haven’t seen much in the team’s short history, and while they would never admit it thanks to their “next man up” mentality, injuries have played a major role.

The secondary was expected to be not only the best unit on the defense, but the strength of the Ravens’ team entirely. In fact, some thought the group would be the best in the NFL, but they’ve fallen far short of that mark since Week 2.

Jefferson is one of the most respected leaders for the Ravens both on and off the field. His loss doesn’t end the team’s season just yet, but provides yet another obstacle for a scuffling team to overcome.

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Sunday's Steelers-Bills clash will be a special reunion for the Edmunds family

Sunday's Steelers-Bills clash will be a special reunion for the Edmunds family

When the Steelers host the Bills on Sunday Night Football in Week 15, something will happen in the NFL that has not happened since 1927. Yes, actually.

Sunday's game will feature three brothers playing in the same game, Buffalo's Tremaine and Pittsburgh's Terrell and Trey Edmunds.

The 2018 NFL Draft saw two of the brothers go in the first round, Tremaine to the Bills and Terrell to the Steelers. It was the first time in the league's history that two brothers were drafted in the first round of the same draft.

Trey, who went undrafted in 2017, joined the Steelers practice squad in 2018 and was activated to the active roster in October. All three are expected to be active on Sunday.

Both 2018 first-round picks have had solid seasons in 2019. Terrell has started every game for Pittsburgh this season and is second in the team in tackles, trailing only rookie Devin Bush. Tremaine, who's also started every game for the Bills, leads Buffalo in tackles with 97.

Trey, who plays running back, has played sparingly on offense. He has 92 rushing yards this season on 22 carries.

During the 2018 pre-draft process, NBC Sports Washington was able to get an inside look on the Edmunds family in the short documentary E-Boys. The clip shows the growth of the family through their adolescence and chronicles how the brothers put aside their brotherly competition in order to push each other to be the best player and person they could. 

Now, they all are able to celebrate their successes on football's biggest stage. You can watch the whole documentary (Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV) here.

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Jets running back Le'Veon Bell doesn't regret bowling while sick

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell doesn't regret bowling while sick

As the New York Jets visit the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night for their matchup, the Jets are dealing with some controversy surrounding running back Le'Veon Bell. 

Bell, who missed New York's game against Miami on Sunday with the flu, was seen bowling the night before and has since found himself in the middle of discussions about "distractions" and bad public "optics".

Before Sunday's game, Bell's flu forced him to miss two practices and Saturday's walk-through. He was ruled as too sick to play Saturday at 5 p.m., only hours before he was spotted bowling in New Jersey. The next day Bell watched the Jets-Dolphins game from a private box in MetLife Stadium.

The team was unaware of the controversy until late Monday when head coach Adam Gase heard about the running back's outing. 

On Tuesday, Gase said Bell's late-night bowling excursion was a bad look for the team since he was too sick to play. But Bell spoke out later Tuesday, explaining he has no regret for going bowling, only for being spotted in public. 

"I didn't break any rules," Bell said, "and I wasn't a distraction until now that you all see me bowling, so that's it."

Bell explained that he understands how, from a certain perspective, bowling while he is too sick to play can look bad, but that he does not see anything wrong with it.

"I could see, from the outside of it, if I was playing Sunday and they see me bowling [it would look bad]," Bell said.

While Bell is surprised his bowling turned into a "big thing," he's more surprised that he bowled a career-high 251 while recovering from the flu.

Whether Bell's controversy impacts the team or not, the Jets will have a tough opponent to face with, or without, their running back as they face the Ravens on Thursday. The Ravens are seeking their 10th consecutive win and the AFC North title.

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