Ravens to open preseason against Redskins, will face Ryan, Jets

March 31, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

The Ravens will open their preseason schedule at home against the Washington Redskins on Aug. 13, followed by a game against the New York Jets, also at M&T Bank Stadium. They will then face the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, both on the road.

The game against the Redskins is a Thursday night matchup at 7:30.

The Ravens' next game is 11 days later, on Aug. 24, and will be a nationally televised ESPN Monday night appearance at 8. It will also mark the return of former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, now the Jets' head coach.

"It's a good schedule against quality teams," coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. "We know our fans will like playing the Redskins because of the regional rivalry. Getting the chance to play on national television against the Jets is something that will excite the players."

The date for the game against Carolina hasn't been set but will be between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30. The final preseason game in Atlanta will be Sept. 3, with the time to be determined. BILL ORDINE

Giants: Plaxico Burress will return to court Tuesday in his gun possession case as his lawyers and prosecutors haggle over a plea deal and what punishment the wide receiver should face for accidentally shooting himself in a crowded New York nightclub last year. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that Burress and prosecutors have been in active discussions about a plea deal but remain at odds over the terms. Attorney Ben Brafman said Burress will appear in court but the hearing will be adjourned.

Bengals: Quarterback Carson Palmer considers his throwing elbow fully healed as he begins offseason workouts with his teammates. Palmer chose to rest his right elbow instead of having reconstructive surgery for a partially torn ligament and tendon.

Texans: Running back Ryan Moats said he accepts the apology offered by a Dallas police officer who stopped him with a drawn gun in a hospital parking lot while his mother-in-law was dying inside the building. Moats said on Good Morning America that he hopes Officer Robert Powell was sincere.

Et cetera: The Saints re-signed backup quarterback Joey Harrington. ... Offensive tackle Marvel Smith signed a two-year deal with the 49ers.

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