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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
I am so angry right now, I should get a two-game suspension. The National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens have sacrificed running back Ray Rice on the altar of their public image. His firing was cynical and expedient and has absolutely nothing to do with domestic abuse. As soon as video from inside the casino elevator was made public - confirming what we already knew from the police report, that Rice hit his then-fiancee hard enough to knock her unconscious - the team terminated his contract.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
For the second time since a graphic video surfaced of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching Janay Rice in a casino elevator, retired linebacker and ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis has commented on the domestic-violence incident. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens on Monday. He has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL. "This is a tragic situation what Ray Rice did was inexcusable," Lewis said Sunday morning on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. "There's no room in our world for what we've seen.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
A day after he was indicted on charges of third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly knocking his fiancée unconscious, Ravens running back Ray Rice and Janay Palmer got married. Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said today that he visited Rice and Palmer after Friday's ceremony and they are "in a good place. " "Everyone knows that we're tight. I'm tight with Ray, I'm tight with Janay. He is like a brother to me and she's like a sister to me and my wife as well," Smith said at his charity basketball game.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
As a band played during his New Orleans-themed 45th birthday party Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course, Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance smiled as he enjoyed the festivities. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerocis in 2007, the retired former Ravens linebacker is upbeat about the success of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and the money and awareness it's raising for ALS research. ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
Lukas Foreman, a defensive back-turned linebacker, has been suspended by Maryland for one year for violating the student-athlete code of conduct, the school said. Foreman, 6-3, 205 pounds, entered Maryland last season as a defensive back and redshirted. He switched to linebacker prior to spring practice. He was listed on the depth chart as a backup SAM linebacker. Foreman was recruited from Naples (Fla.) High by former Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown. Maryland has now announced this week that three athletes -- basketball players Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker were the others -- have been suspended for a year.
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Baltimore Sun staff | December 11, 2011
Maryland freshman linebacker Alex Twine was arrested Friday night in Prince George's County. Twine, who turned 18 on Friday, has been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order. Maryland's student newspaper, The Diamondback, first reported Twine's arrest . The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Gaithersburg is scheduled to make a court appearance Jan. 30 at 1:15 p.m. in Hyattsville. Twine appeared in 11 games as a freshman, starting four.
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By Matt Vensel | March 7, 2012
Unless you count Mario Williams , a defensive end who can also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, there won't be any marquee lineback ers available in free agency this offseason . But there are a handful of solid start ers -- including a pair of Ravens -- scheduled to be available in a deep class of free agent lineback ers. Jarret Johnson, who has spent nine years with the Ravens, is among the top outside linebackers this...
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By Matt Vensel | February 16, 2012
The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 22. In advance of the annual meat market in Indianapolis, staff writer Matt Vensel will examine each position and give Ravens fans the 4-1-1. In this post he looks at inside linebackers . The top prospects: Boston College's Luke Kuechly is the consensus top inside linebacker in this class. He is projected to go in the middle of first round, way before the Ravens are on the clock at No. 29. Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict, who has been linked to the Ravens in mock drafts and who has been compared to Ray Lewis by some analysts, is a first-round pick who should wow scouts at the combine.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 12, 2014
Virginia linebacker Isaiah Davis, the younger brother of Maryland standout safety Sean Davis, verbally committed to the Terrapins Tuesday night. Davis said he called offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as Maryland wrapped up practice Tuesday night and later spoke to coach Randy Edsall. “For one, being close to home [was appealing] and having my family being there,” Davis said during a phone interview. “Playing in the Big Ten, there's a lot of competition in that conference, and having the opportunity to play with my brother on the same team [was attractive]
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
With national signing day only a day away, preview the Terps ' class of 2014 with a handy, commit-by-commit guide. Prospect profiles will run all the way through Wednesday (Feb. 5), when players can officially sign a national letter of intent. ( SEE THEM ALL HERE. ) Name: Nnamdi Egbuaba Position: Outside linebacker Measurables: 6 feet 1, 215 pounds High school: St. Frances Recruiter: Mike Locksley Finalists: Virginia, Connecticut Rankings: 247: 3*, No. 101 OLB Rivals: 3* ESPN: 3*, No. 154 OLB Stats/honors: 105 total tackles (17 for losses)
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
The Ravens released center Reggie Stephens and four other players on Friday. Outside linebacker D.J. Roberts, tight end Nathan Overbay and undrafted rookie defensive linemen Levi Brown and Derrick Hopkins were also waived, the team announced. The Ravens also plan to cut undrafted rookie defensive tackle A.J. Patiali'i and hope to sign him to their practice squad, according to a source. Stephens was on the Ravens' practice squad last season. A 2010 Cincinnati Bengals seventh-round draft pick, he previously played with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
A Morgan State defense that finished 2013 ranked eighth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in average yards allowed (391.8) and ninth in average points surrendered (30.6) could be weaker after the departure of five starters. But the Bears return three of four linebackers who earned a majority of starts last season, and that group was cited by rookie head coach Lee Hull as being critical to leading the defense. “We're really counting on those guys to be the anchor of our defense,” Hull said Tuesday during the MEAC's weekly conference call.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 12, 2014
Virginia linebacker Isaiah Davis, the younger brother of Maryland standout safety Sean Davis, verbally committed to the Terrapins Tuesday night. Davis said he called offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as Maryland wrapped up practice Tuesday night and later spoke to coach Randy Edsall. “For one, being close to home [was appealing] and having my family being there,” Davis said during a phone interview. “Playing in the Big Ten, there's a lot of competition in that conference, and having the opportunity to play with my brother on the same team [was attractive]
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Mike Preston | August 11, 2014
When the regular season opens next month, former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott will debut on CBS's NFL Today pregame show as a commentator and analyst. Can't wait. Scott will be provocative, funny, entertaining and knowledgeable, but there also will be times when what he says might appear irrational or as if he's "on medication. " Can't wait. Scott, affectionately known as "The Mad Backer" in Baltimore, will always give you an honest, sometimes emotional opinion, none better than his "can't wait" rant on ESPN in 2011 after his New York Jets upset the New England Patriots.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night, the team announced. The Falcons cut kicker Sergio Castillo to create a roster spot for Drakeford. Drakeford previously tried out for the New York Jets this year. After going undrafted last year, Drakeford had practice squad stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts last year. At Maryland, Drakeford recorded 171 tackles, 19 for losses, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles and one interception. He played in high school at Thedore Roosevelt High in Washington.
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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 | December 26, 2012
Ray Lewis will not play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals but the Ravens kept alive his hope of returning for the playoffs. The Ravens activated the veteran linebacker from the injured reserve with a designation to return list on Wednesday, a procedural move that makes him eligible to play in the opening round of the playoffs next week against either the Bengals or Indianapolis Colts. To make room for Lewis, the Ravens placed wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly, University of Maryland)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Veteran strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil arrived at his second training camp with the Ravens last week bigger than he did the previous year, but said Thursday that he's adapting to his added bulk well thus far. “It was a little adjustment, but I think I'm on the right track, so I feel good about it,” Dumervil said Thursday. “[I'm] just trying to maximize every opportunity in practice, in training camp, so by Week 1, we'll be hitting and ready to roll.” Dumervil said he added weight - he's now listed at 253 pounds - for physical and mental reasons.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Ravens starting middle linebacker Daryl Smith and special teams ace Albert McClellan aren't practicing Wednesday. Smith is expected back as soon as Thursday after experiencing general soreness. The Ravens' leading tackler from last season, Smith practiced Monday night without incident. McClellan, a reserve linebacker, was in and out of the practice, with an irritated heel that's still bothering him. Meanwhile, starting cornerback Lardarius Webb remains sidelined with a back issue.
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