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Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Excited Ravens re-sign Marshall Yanda

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After the Ravens re-signed OL Marshal Yanda on Tuesday, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh could hardly contain his excitement.

“We got Marshall Yanda! That’s great news,” Harbaugh said, via the Ravens official site.

“He told us he wanted to be a Raven and he understood the business part that he had to go through. I’m beaming, you see Ozzie smile and is there anyone more excited than [offensive line coach] Andy Moeller right now? We’re a better team than we were one hour ago.”

It wasn’t cheap, though. According to Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson, the contract is somewhere in the five-year, $32 million range.

Yanda was a huge part of the team last season, moving to RT in place of injured Jared Gaither and starting 16 games, and with Yanda, Gaither, Chris Chester and Tony Moll all Ravens OL in unrestricted free agency, the signing obviously is a huge sigh of relief for Baltimore.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Where does Michael Oher fit in?

M. Oher (US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Michael Oher has one heck of a story of how he got to where he is today. But now that he’s there, how good a left tackle can he be? And, more urgently, will the Ravens give him a chance to find the answer?

You’ll recall that, after a strong rookie year, Oher moved to the left tackle spot, and when Baltimore’s Jared Gaither, who was moved to right tackle, couldn’t take the field because of a bad back, Oher’s new position became permanent. That prompted the coaching staff to shift Marshal Yanda from right guard to right tackle, and the team inserted Chris Chester into the right guard spot.

But after an inconsistent performance by the offensive line this year, the Ravens fired OL coach John Matsko following their playoff loss to the Steelers.

Oher was good at times and bad at others this season. He had a propensity to false-start, and when matched up against speed rushers, he struggled.

So, what to do about Oher? Well, if Baltimore brings back Gaither, which is no sure thing, Oher could shift back to right tackle and move Yanda back to right guard. That’s where coach John Harbaugh would rather have Yanda play anyway, because, in Harbaugh’s eyes, he’s a dominant puller.

There’s also this question: is Oher even suited to play tackle in the NFL?

“Oh yeah, he can do it,” Harbaugh told the National Football Post. “I think Michael Oher can play either tackle. What side Mike winds up playing depends on who else is in the mix. I think he had a very good second year. I think the sky’s the limit for Michael.”

For now, that sky includes the left side of the line. Unless the Ravens can find somebody better to fill that role, Oher will continue to protect the blind side.*

*Ugh, I hate myself for doing that. Please don’t judge.

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:42 pm
 

Harrison thinks he was victim of cheap-shot

J. Harrison feels like he was cheap-shooted during last Sunday's game with Baltimore (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For once, Steelers LB James Harrison is playing the victim card, and he might have a point.

As the Pittsburgh Post Gazette writes, his teammates think Ravens G Chris Chester – a guy not known as an especially dirty player – tried to cheap-shot Harrison during last Sunday’s Baltimore win.

During an extra point attempt, the Ravens were flagged for a false start, but Chester fired on Harrison anyway, leading to both teams pushing and shoving each other (Harrison wisely backed away from the tussle).

From the story:

"Of course it was deliberate," Harrison said today in the Steelers locker room. "There's no way that happens on an extra point because [offensive linemen] don't shoot out. It's obvious it was blatant. It was on purpose."

Asked if it was a cheap shot, Harrison said, "Yeah it's cheap, but when it comes down to it, it's only a 5-yard penalty, they move back to the 7 and re-kick. It's not going to hurt them."

"It was a dirty play," said inside linebacker James Farrior.


Chester Chester might have been upset, because Harrison ran him over earlier in the game. though it sounds like the Steelers think this was planned-out on the Ravens side. After the near brouhaha, Harrison said he later ran over Chester again.

One interesting part of this equation is the fundamentals involved. Offensive lineman are taught not to fire out on extra points and field goals, because it leaves gaps in the blocking wall that could allow a defender to sneak through and block the kick.

So, maybe Chester forgot that he wasn’t supposed to do that. Or he wanted to teach Harrison a lesson. Or he’s got a nasty twitch.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.30.10: Henry story keeps inspiring

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • According to the Mark Washburn of the Charlotte Observer, 76 people in Charlotte have signed up to become organ donors since the touching story of Chris Henry's mother and the people who received his organs aired on The NFL Today. This doesn't even include the number of folks who registered through the DMV, which is typically the easiest way to become an organ donor. Very cool stuff.
  • Tom Brady didn't practice Tuesday. In other news, taxes are still due sometime in April and the sun will come up tomorrow.
  • Interesting nugget that slipped through the cracks in Peter King's MMQB yesterday -- the 49ers KNEW that the Broncos were going to be videotaping the walkthrough in London. Which means that someone in the Broncos organization told them, or it's common knowledge that the Broncos do this. The former seems most likely, I suppose, based on everyone else getting tipped off, but it's a pretty interesting little factoid that seemed like it deserved a little attention. Just. Saying.
Posted on: November 27, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings at Redskins

Two of Minnesota’s top receivers, Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian, are questionable. It looks like Rice will play, while Berrian will be a gametime decision. Rice returned last week to play in his first game this season, and he didn’t appear to have any complications with his hip. Meanwhile, Berrian has missed the past two weeks with a bad groin, and he missed practice Thursday (he was limited Wednesday and Friday).

Washington will be without RBs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis – the former is out this week, and the latter was placed on IR this week – so Keiland Williams will get the start and will be backed up by James Davis.

Making matters (potentially) worse, No. 1 WR Santana Moss is questionable with a knee injury. Coach Mike Shanahan held him out of practice Thursday and then said he felt better Friday. He’ll still be a game-time decision, though.

Eagles at Bears

The big loss to Philadelphia is that CB Asante Samuel, who originally was listed as questionable, has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. Samuel was trying to shake off a sprained MCL, and earlier in the week, he talked about trying to play. But he missed all three practices this week and was ruled out today. Look for Joselio Hanson to take his place in the starting lineup.

The Bears have nobody listed on their injury report. Which seems kind of amazing. But true.

Packers at Falcons


Atlanta DE John Abraham, after missing last week with a groin injury, is questionable this week. If he doesn’t play, the Falcons should be OK in the run defense game (Atlanta ranks sixth in the NFL, while Green Bay’s running game is No. 21), but Abraham’s pass-rushing ability surely would help against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Abraham, in his 11th season, is having a solid year, recording eight sacks.

Of the nine Packers on the injury, seven – including WR Donald Driver, LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson – are probable. Green Bay is a little beat up, though, in the secondary. Atari Bigby is out, and S Anthony Smith is doubtful with an ankle.

Buccaneers at Ravens

G Chris Chester, who missed last week with a bad case of cellulitis, is questionable and still could play. One reason Baltimore might not need to rush him back: Tony Moll was adequate while replacing Chester at right guard last week. Although Chester didn’t practice at all this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude him from playing if he’s healthy enough.

Backup S Tom Zbikowski is listed as questionable with a heel, but with Ed Reed healthy, his absence isn’t as big a deal.

Tampa Bay should be relatively healthy. Four of the five players listed on the injury are probable (DE Kyle Moore is definitely out).

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 12:01 pm
 

AFC Inactives, Week 11

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Steelers TE Zach Miller, Bengals RB Cedric Benson, Texans QB Matt Schaub.

And here are those who are NOT active:

Dexter McCluster, Chiefs, WR/KR: With his bad ankle, this will be the fourth-straight game the explosive McCluster will miss. It won’t help Kansas City that TE Tony Moeaki won’t be in action either.

Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars, WR:
He hurt his ankle in the second quarter of last week’s game, but he returned to the game. Despite practicing Friday, he’s just not ready to go today. Tiquan Underwood will take Sims-Walker’s place.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills:
Luckily for Buffalo, RB Fred Jackson is coming off a 25-carry, 133-yard, one TD performance vs. the Lions.

Shawne Merriman, LB, Bills:
Well, this signing has worked out quite well so far, eh?

Joshua Cribbs, WR, Browns:
You know how Cribbs broke all the toes on his right foot except for the big one? Yeah, that will keep him out this week.

Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Raiders: You think this is good news for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger? I bet Roethlisberger would emphatically say yes.

Brett Keisel, DE, Steelers:
You think this is good news for Raiders RB Darren McFadden? I bet McFadden would emphatically say yes.

Chris Chester, G, Ravens: Baltimore's starter still is being bothered by a skin condition. Tony Moll will take his place at right guard.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Week 11 injury report analysis Part I

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ravens @ Panthers
M. Schaub (US Presswire)
Ravens guard Chris Chester is questionable with a skin infection. If he’s unable to go, utility backup Tony Moll would fill-in. That would be a downgrade in terms of run-blocking mobility, though Baltimore would survive.

The Panthers are without pretty much any offensive player worth watching. QB Jimmy Clausen is out (concussion). RB Jonathan Stewart is also concussed and won’t play. Same goes for rookie WR Brandon LaFell. RB DeAngelo Williams is done for the season with a foot injury. With backup RB Tyrell Sutton also out (ankle), the run game will fall on the shoulders of Mike Goodson. Against this Ravens defense it will be tough for the second-year pro to match his 100-yard output of a week ago.

Texans @ Jets

Matt Schaub is expected to play after being hospitalized midweek with a bursa sac problem. Schaub won’t have Owen Daniels (hamstring) to throw to, though.

The Jets are in a similar situation. QB Mark Sanchez (calf) was less than 100 percent all week but will play. But he won’t have arguably his favorite inside target, WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin). Expect TE Dustin Keller to play a more prominent role, especially given that Houston has no safeties who are adept in coverage and two linebackers who are questionable (Zach Diles, illness; Xavier Adibi, hamstring).

The only other injury of note here is Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery, who is out with a head injury.

Bills @ Bengals

No C.J. Spiller (hamstring) for the Bills, which means they’ll have to find someone else to dance along the outside running lanes and distrust the run-blocking. Hamstring injuries struck Buffalo’s defensive line, with Spencer Johnson out and Kyle Williams having been limited in practice this week.

The Bengals could list half their team as questionable with a bad attitude, but that would only be an admission of their failed personnel moves. Thus, they’ll stick to listing traditional injuries. Included in those injuries are both starting defensive ends being on the shelf (Antwan Odom, wrist; Jonathan Fanene, hamstring), backup DE Frostee Rucker likely joining them (knee, no practice all week) and DT Tank Johnson very doubtful with a bum knee. Slot CB Morgan Trent also has a bum knee and won’t play. If that’s not enough, LB Rey Maualuga (thigh) and S Chris Crocker (calf) were limited in practice and are both questionable.

Of course, we’re talking about two teams with a combined three wins, so really, besides Bills’ and Bengals’ friends and family, is anyone really that concerned about who takes the field Sunday?

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Bal G Chris Chester hospitalized with skin issue

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ravens guard Chris Chester missed practice and was hospitalized Friday with a skin infection. C. Chester

"It's not serious but it was something that was causing a lot of pain," head coach John Harbaugh said, according to the Baltimore Sun. "They're going to work on the infection and make sure it's OK."

Chester, who offers significantly mobility to Baltimore’s interior run-blocking efforts, has started all nine games this season. Harbaugh expects him to play Sunday against the Panthers. If he’s unable to go, however, utility backup Tony Moll will fill in.

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