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Why injury may mean final game in Baltimore for Ravens WR Brown

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Why injury may mean final game in Baltimore for Ravens WR Brown

OWINGS MILLS – Has wide receiver Marlon Brown played his last game with the Ravens?

Another disappointing season for Brown has ended. Coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday that Brown, who has not played since Week 11, would not be in the lineup for the season finale against the Bengals. Brown had just 10 catches for 142 yards and no touchdowns, and has been struggling with a back injury.

“His back is just not responding,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “He’s had back spasms, then they found a little bit of a disc issue. About two weeks ago I could just tell he wasn’t going to get back, so I kind of gave up hope and I think he did to.

“He’s going to have to take the offseason and get it right. It’s no major, blown-out back or anything like that. We tried different things and it just didn’t respond.” 

Why wasn’t Brown placed on injured reserve? That also remained an unanswered question. Brown was kept on the active roster, while young players with potential like running back Raheem Mostart and offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson were waived.

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“I’m not sure why (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) didn’t put him on IR,” Harbaugh said Monday. “It would be a good question for Ozzie, probably just didn’t have a roster move to make would be my guess.”

So where does that leave Brown? Not in the strongest position. Brown hasn’t scored a touchdown since his promising rookie season in 2013 (49 catches, 524 yards, seven touchdowns). The Ravens will have stiff competition at the wide receiver position, regardless of what happens in the draft, and even if Steve Smith retires.

Brown’s size (6-foot-5) figured to make him an effective red zone and third-down receiver, but that has not materialized. Brown will be a restricted free agent after the season, leaving his future with the Ravens uncertain.

“Marlon’s one of my favorite guys,” Harbaugh said. “He works really hard at it, has a great attitude, and to my eyes (is) very talented. But it just hasn’t worked in the last two years like we all expected after his rookie year. It’s going to be a really important offseason for him, and it’s going to be a critical season for him when he comes back.”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a recap of the first day of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Yesterday, (Monday) was the first day of the Ravens' OTAs. OTAs continue today (Tuesday) as the Ravens work on developing a new offense. Check out some of the highlights here. 

2. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jaxson Hayes

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jaxson Hayes

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jaxson Hayes

School: Texas
Position: Center
Age: 19
Height: 7-0
Weight: 219
Wingspan: 7-4
Max vertical: 34.5 in.

2018/19 stats: 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 2.2 bpg, 72.8 FG% (3.8/5.3), 00.0 3PT% (0.0/0.0), 74.0 FT%

Player comparison: Jarrett Allen, John Henson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 10th, NBADraft.net 9th, Bleacher Report 10th, Sports Illustrated 9th, Ringer 10th

5 things to know:

*Hayes is considered the best center prospect in this year's class. He is athletic, plays with energy and measured in at the combine at about 7-feet in shoes with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He can run the floor and play above the rim.

*The skill that stands out most for Hayes is rim protection. He averaged 2.2 blocks in only 23.3 minutes per game. That extrapulates to 5.7 blocks over 100 possessions. He has long arms and appears to have good instincts tracking the ball in the lane. He is following in the footsteps of fellow Texas shot-blockers before him like Myles Turner and Jarrett Allen. The latter may be the best player comparison for Hayes in today's NBA.

*Hayes is not considered a very good rebounder. He averaged 5.0 per game and only once reached double figures. It could be that he just needs to add some weight, an issue that is correctable but would hurt him even more at the NBA level initially. The worst-case concern is that he is soft and won't do the necessary dirty work.

*At this point, Hayes offers nothing in the way of an outside shot. He didn't attempt a single three-pointer in college and didn't do much on offense outside of dunks and putbacks. In order to justify being taken with a high draft pick, he will either need to develop a post game, an outside shot or be extremely good on defense. His lack of an all-round game will certainly give some teams pause in evaluating him.

*Hayes comes from a family of impressive athletes. His father played 12 seasons in the NFL and recently served as the tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. His mother played basketball at Drake University and later coached in college, including a stint as an assistant at Oklahoma. Hayes followed his father's footsteps by playing wide receiver in high school before a growth spurt made it clear basketball was the path to go.

Fit with Wizards: Hayes is one of the best fits for the Wizards among the players who could be available with the ninth pick. He does what they arguably lack the most, which is play defense and more specifically protect the rim.

The Wizards allowed the most field goals within five feet of any team this past season and the third-highest field goal percentage in that range. They desperately need someone who can block and alter shots.

Hayes would likely be the Wizards' best shot-blocker Day 1. But whether he can help them in other ways is a question at this point.

Hayes would represent a bit of a project for the Wizards and may not have All-Star potential because of his offensive limitations. Still, he remains one of their best options in the first round. Long-term, he could transform their defense and form a strong pick-and-roll partner for John Wall.

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