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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Courtney Upshaw was hoping to salvage a disappointing preseason with a good performance against the St. Louis Rams. Instead, the rookie linebacker left the Edward Jones Dome on Thursday night with more questions about his health and more doubts about his availability for the Ravens' Sept.10 regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Upshaw, who was bothered throughout training camp by a sprained right shoulder, reinjured it in the second quarter of the Ravens' 31-17 loss.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2014
The Ravens could ill afford another injury at cornerback, but that's exactly what they got barely three minutes into their game tonight against the Dallas Cowboys . Jimmy Smith , their top healthy cornerback, came down hard on his back defending a long sideline incompletion to Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant . Smith got up after the play and slapped himself on the helmet but then he went immediately down to his knees. Flanked by the team's medical staff, he ultimately walked gingerly back to the sideline, where he was spitting out blood before he was ultimately taken to the locker room.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2012
In his NFL debut, Ravens rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw immediately got his legs chopped out from under him when he tried to penetrate the Detroit Lions' backfield. And the former Alabama star's frustration mounted during the same play when he rose to his feet only to get knocked down again. It was a painfully quiet NFL debut for the Ravens' top draft pick during a 27-12 defeat Friday night at M&T Bank Stadium, a game where he got manhandled at times by the Lions' offensive line.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Setting the scene: Initially scheduled for 7 p.m., the Ravens' open workout at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium got underway about a half hour earlier than expected. On a sticky night in Annapolis, the practice lasted about 2 1/2 hours, ending at approximately 9 p.m. After two straight days in full pads, the players wore shells. There was no official attendance kept, but one side of the stadium was relatively full. Giving credit where it's due: Chykie Brown's struggles in training camp have been well-documented, but the cornerback does appear to be improving each day. The fourth-year corner may have had his best practice yet, intercepting a deflected Joe Flacco pass and then on the very next play, cutting in front of a wide receiver to knock the ball away.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
The last time Courtney Upshaw played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, he showered in confetti after the game, hoisted a crystal ball and was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the BCS national championship game. A penchant for making big plays in the biggest of games at the University of Alabama got him selected by the Ravens in the second round of the NFL draft, though general manager Ozzie Newsome's affinity for his alma mater probably didn't hurt. Now, just over a year since winning a national title with the Crimson Tide, Upshaw's second in four years in Tuscaloosa, the Ravens rookie linebacker has returned to New Orleans, the site of Sunday night's Super Bowl.
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By Aaron Wilson | August 13, 2013
Criticized by Ravens coach John Harbaugh in the spring for his poor eating habits after bulking up to 295 pounds, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has engineered a major turnaround. Now, Upshaw is firmly out of the coaches' doghouse after dropping  roughly 20 pounds over the summer under the supervision of Eldersburg trainer Troy Jones. The 2012 second-round draft pick from Alabama has continued to drop weight and upgrade his mobility since reporting to training camp and has been splitting time with Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil with the first-team defense at strongside linebacker.
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By Matt Vensel | July 25, 2013
On Wednesday, Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, the two men whom the Ravens hope will become the most productive pass-rushing duo in the NFL, met the media together on a day in which no camp practice was held. Dumervil was asked four questions about what it will be like to chase quarterbacks with Suggs, the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Suggs tackled three about Dumervil, the three-time Pro Bowler who could end up being the kind of elite pass rusher that Suggs has been yearning to play with during a decade with the Ravens.
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Kevin Cowherd | August 22, 2012
Courtney Upshaw is a man under the microscope right now. And he knows it. The Ravens' top draft choice in April looked heavy and slow in training camp. And tentative, too. In practice the other day, he often came off the snap like a man wading against a swift current. Thus far, it's safe to say the big outside linebacker from Alabama has not exactly wowed the Ravens. "I feel I can produce and make plays," he said after the workout. "I've just got to go out there and prove it to them on game day. I can do whatever out here in practice.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
Ravens rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw says that he's back at practice after passing his conditioning test yesterday. Upshaw was initially placed on the non-football injuy list and missed the Ravens' first walk-through practice yesterday, but he said that he passed the test and practiced later in the day.  Upshaw said on Twitter: ""Yes I missed 1st walk through because of condition test but went back and passed it the same day to...
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2012
When Terrell Suggs went down with a torn right Achilles tendon in late April, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that second-round draft pick Courtney Upshaw would start at one of the outside linebacker spots for the Ravens in Week 1. That belief was reinforced this spring when the rookie linebacker from Alabama worked almost exclusively with the first-team defense. But Upshaw arrived last month at training camp still several pounds above his target weight of 270 pounds. And after he sprained his right shoulder, which forced him to miss more than a week of practice and the preseason opener, he lost ground to second-year linebacker Albert McClellan.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Standing at his locker Monday night after a practice spent chasing down running backs and quarterbacks, Courtney Upshaw brooded about a few plays that had eluded him. Visibly tired, Upshaw shook his head. “I've got to do better,” he said. “We all know I've got to improve. Every year, I want to get better. That's what it's all about.” Quiet and introspective, Upshaw is keenly aware of his NFL reputation - but looking to burnish it. The Ravens' burly strong-side linebacker is known as a stout run stopper whose toughness keeps running backs from scampering outside for first downs.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots. Heading into training camp, which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on Thursday, the Ravens' front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
During his rookie season last year, one of the toughest adjustments for Ravens outside linebacker John Simon was learning the nuances of pass coverage. At Ohio State, the gritty former Big Ten Conference Player of the Year lined up at defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker while operating primarily as a pass rusher and run-stopper. Simon rarely was asked to drop back in pass coverage in college. So, playing in reverse has become a major point of emphasis for Simon following a quiet rookie year in which the fourth-round draft pick played on special teams.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
At the end of their Super Bowl XLVII-winning season, the Ravens were feeling pretty good about their 2012 draft class. Their first pick, strong-side linebacker Courtney Upshaw , who was taken early in the second round, played in all 16 games and started nine, made 55 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks and forced a fumble in the Super Bowl that led to a second-quarter touchdown drive for the Ravens. Second-rounder Kelechi Osemele started all 16 regular-season games at right tackle and then moved to left guard, where he was dominant at times during the Ravens' Super Bowl run. Third-round selection Bernard Pierce , Ray Rice's primary backup at running back, also picked up his game in the playoffs, averaging 5.2 yards per carry after a regular season in which he gained 532 yards and scored a touchdown.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The most pleasing sight for Ravens officials during the first week of organized team activities had to be Kelechi Osemele popping off the ball and running around the field like a guy who was truly happy to be healthy again. There's not enough contact in these OTAs to determine how healthy and strong Osemele is after his back surgery in November, but the third-year guard certainly looked the part, sprinting from drill to drill and to and from the huddle. There is a lot of talk about the competition at right tackle, and that's understandable.
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Mike Preston | May 10, 2014
The Ravens were stuck in no man's land when they selected Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick. But they made the best of the situation. Mosley was a great linebacker last season and one of the top players in college football. But, unfortunately, there is a stigma that comes with Alabama defensive players these days. A few of the Crimson Tide players taken early in recent drafts haven't lived up to high expectations. There have been quite a few - Rolando McClain, Kareem Jackson, Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
After fielding a few questions about whether Terrell Suggs is playing better than he ever has and another about the effect that Elvis Dumervil has had on his pass rush, defensive coordinator Dean Pees wanted to make sure Baltimore media and Ravens fans knew about the dirty work being done by Courtney Upshaw. The second-year strong-side linebacker has made just 10 tackles in five games and recorded his first sack of the season last weekend against the Miami Dolphins. But Pees said Upshaw “does a lot of little things behind the scenes,” like picking offensive linemen to free up his teammates to sack the quarterback.
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Mike Preston | August 31, 2012
Rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has struggled with weight and shoulder problems, but he still should be more impressive than what he has shown in the preseason. When former Pro Bowl players Peter Boulware and Terrell Suggs started as rookie outside linebackers for the Ravens, you could see the talent right away. Boulware had a great first step and could dip his shoulders to get inside most offensive tackles when rushing the passer. With Suggs, he could change direction in almost full stride, but also had enough power to toss any linemen that got into his body or overextended.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | May 6, 2014
From now until Thursday, the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. The Ravens have eight total picks in the three-day draft: one in each of the first, second, fifth and sixth rounds, and two each in the third and fourth rounds. Today we'll examine linebacker: Current linebackers under contract: Outside- Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw, Pernell McPhee, John Simon, Adrian Hamilton, D.J. Bryant; Inside - Daryl Smith, Arthur Brown, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Despite re-signing left tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Jacoby Jones, adding veteran playmaker Steve Smith and hiring a new coordinator, the Ravens still have work left to do this offseason to improve an offense that plummeted to 29th in total yards and 25th in scoring in 2013. The only offensive position where they don't need to add talent and depth appears to be quarterback. So might the Ravens use their top pick on offense? It's been a quite a while since they have done that.
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