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By Edward Lee | August 29, 2012
In his first and last season as a full-time starter with the Ravens, nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu made a career-best 70 tackles (including 44 solo), one sack and one fumble recovery in 2005. Since then, Kemoeatu (pronounced mah-AH-kay key-moy-AH-too) has played for the Carolina Panthers and the Washington Redskins, but has never been able to replicate those numbers as he has battled ineffectiveness and injuries. In his first preseason with the organization that signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2002, the 6-foot-5, 345-pound Kemoeatu has evoked memories of the “Kemo” of old. “I do feel like that way because the last time I was at this weight is the last time I was here in 2005,” he said after Tuesday's practice at the team's training complex in Owings Mills.
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September 22, 2014
By now, just about everyone knows how much unwanted publicity the NFL has received recently as it deals with player misconduct. So I want thank reporter Aaron Wilson for choosing to report something positive regarding NFL players. Last month, former Ravens nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu donated a kidney to his younger brother ( "Former Ravens DL Ma'ake Kemoeatu successfully donated kidney to his brother, Chris Kemoeatu ," Sept. 16). Chris had been experiencing kidney pain since he was in eighth grade, but he fought through the pain to play out his dream in the NFL. It wasn't until after the 2011 season that the pain became too much and Chris retired.
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By Edward Lee | July 28, 2012
Not too long ago, Ma'ake Kemoeatu had a knack for swallowing up opposing blockers and running backs with remarkable efficiency. But then the nose tackle was beset by injuries, sitting out two of the last three seasons. Kemoeatu, 33, is eager to revive memories of his past, and his comeback has begun with the Ravens, who signed the free agent on May 2. “I'm trying to prove that I can still play football,” he said after Friday's training camp practice at the team's complex in Owings Mills.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Three weeks after receiving a kidney transplant from his brother, a former Ravens' player, Chris Kemoeatu has heard all of the wisecracks. "Everyone jokes about me having a Ravens' kidney," said Kemoeatu, 31, who played seven years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "But hey, I can live with that. " He'll have to. On Thursday, Kemoeatu (key-moy-AH-too) and his brother, Ma'ake (ma-AH-kay), spoke at the University Of Maryland Medical Center of the unusual circumstances surrounding their Aug. 27 surgeries there.
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By Edward Lee | October 18, 2012
Three defensive starters return to practice In addition to the return of nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu and cornerback Jimmy Smith, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata practiced Thursday, according to an injury report released by the Ravens. Ngata, who did not participate in Wednesday's session and was absent during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, is trying to overcome a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and an injured right shoulder suffered in Sunday's 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Three weeks after receiving a kidney transplant from his brother, a former Ravens' player, Chris Kemoeatu has heard all of the wisecracks. "Everyone jokes about me having a Ravens' kidney," said Kemoeatu, 31, who played seven years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "But hey, I can live with that. " He'll have to. On Thursday, Kemoeatu (key-moy-AH-too) and his brother, Ma'ake (ma-AH-kay), spoke at the University Of Maryland Medical Center of the unusual circumstances surrounding their Aug. 27 surgeries there.
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By Edward Lee | October 17, 2012
The Ravens confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the team practiced without three defensive starters in defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu and cornerback Jimmy Smith. Ngata suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and an injured right shoulder in the Sunday's 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys. Kemoeatu is also dealing with a right knee injury, and Smith injured his groin Sunday. Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie participated on a limited basis due to a thigh injury.
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By Edward Lee | October 17, 2012
The Ravens practiced for the first time since learning that inside linebacker Ray Lewis (torn right triceps) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee) will be out for the remainder of the season, and there were a few more absences on defense. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu and cornerback Jimmy Smith were not present during the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday afternoon. Ngata suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and an injured right shoulder in the team's 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys.
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by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
On the night before most home games, Ravens players favor Sullivan's Steakhouse. And which Ravens roost at Sullivan's? The long list includes Haloti Ngata, Paul Kruger, Terrell Suggs, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Matt Birk, Justin Tucker, Bernard Pollard, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Corey Graham and Michael Oher. Reps for the restaurant say that Ravens flip for chef Ben Erjavec's cheesesteak eggrolls.  The eggrolls are on the regular Sullivan's menu, but you can try making them yourself.
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September 22, 2014
By now, just about everyone knows how much unwanted publicity the NFL has received recently as it deals with player misconduct. So I want thank reporter Aaron Wilson for choosing to report something positive regarding NFL players. Last month, former Ravens nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu donated a kidney to his younger brother ( "Former Ravens DL Ma'ake Kemoeatu successfully donated kidney to his brother, Chris Kemoeatu ," Sept. 16). Chris had been experiencing kidney pain since he was in eighth grade, but he fought through the pain to play out his dream in the NFL. It wasn't until after the 2011 season that the pain became too much and Chris retired.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
As the final round of the 2013 draft began in April and Matt Furstenburg agonized over where his NFL career would begin, the former Maryland tight end got a phone call that eased some of his anxiety. So many people - from friends and former teammates to potential future employers - had already contacted him, but the voice on the other end made this call unique. "John Harbaugh called me and said, 'We have to take a cornerback [here], but we want you," recalled Furstenburg, a three-year starter for the Terps who was one of eight undrafted free agents that survived Sunday's roster cuts.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Lost amid most of the talk about the Ravens' overhaul of their Super Bowl-winning defense is the fact that during the regular season, last year's group was serviceable on its best days and extremely vulnerable on its worst. Before keeping Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts out of the end zone in the wild-card round, before forcing three Peyton Manning turnovers in the divisional playoff matchup, before holding Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scoreless for the second half of the AFC championship game and before a late goal-line stand against the Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers secured a victory in Super Bowl XLVII, the Ravens defense ranked just 17th in the NFL during the regular season.
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By Matt Vensel | May 17, 2013
At 1,992 pounds, the projected front seven of the Baltimore defense will weigh just under a ton, which is about the same as a tiny smart car, a large walrus or the Johnny Unitas statue outside M&T Bank Stadium. It could also be the heaviest front seven in the NFL next season. The folks over at Blogging the Beast recently took the projected depth charts from Ourlads, a reliable source, and totaled the weights of all the front sevens . I'm not sure why they did this, but it is interesting nonetheless.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The Ravens decision to re-sign Bryant McKinnie reverses an offseason trend that has seen the roster get younger at several key positions. Before agreeing to a two-year deal with the 33-year-old left tackle, the Ravens were without eight of their nine oldest players from the team that beat the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3 to capture Super Bowl XLVII. That team had 10 players 31 and over. Even with the return of McKinnie, the Ravens now have only three players 31 and over - McKinnie, cornerback Chris Johnson (33)
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
I mentioned this on my Twitter account, but I wanted to go into a little more detail here. Eight of the nine oldest Ravens - and the six oldest overall - from the team that won the Super Bowl two months ago are no longer under contract with the team. That group includes Ray Lewis (37, retired), Bobbie Williams (36, released), Matt Birk (36, retired), Brendon Ayanbadejo (36, will be released), Ed Reed (34, signed with Houston), Ma'ake Kemoeatu (34, free agent), Bryant McKinnie (33, free agent)
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Mike Preston | March 19, 2013
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is back to his old theme: "right player, right price. " He is hustling around the NFL these days searching flea markets and basements trying to find player bargains to fill out his roster to start the 2013 season. The Ravens, who have little salary cap room, might be able to sign a big-name free agent like linebacker Elvis Dumervil or James Harrison if they cut a veteran or two, but they're basically in the hunt for stop-gap veterans who still might have a year or two left.
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By Edward Lee | October 31, 2012
In the wake of the NFL fining the Ravens $20,000 for failing to list free safety Ed Reed's torn shoulder labrum on injury reports, the team deluged Wednesday's injury report by placing a season-high 15 players on it. Defensive end Pernell McPhee did not practice because of a thigh injury. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (right shoulder), cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) and wide receiver Jacoby Jones (foot) participated on a limited basis. Eleven players practiced fully. Eight are starters, and they are safeties Bernard Pollard (chest)
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By Jeff Zrebiec | May 9, 2012
The Ravens continued to get draft picks signed ahead of Friday's start to a three-day rookie mini-camp as they not only agreed to terms today on a four-year deal with fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski , a guard/center out from the University of Delaware, they also reached an agreement with seventh-round pick DeAngelo Tyson , a defensive tackle out of Georgia.   Tyson, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound run stuffer, was selected with the Ravens' final pick of the draft at No.236 overall.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2013
Long before the Ravens went on their Super Bowl run, coaches and team officials had grown tired of watching opposing ball carriers tear through the middle of the line of scrimmage and pick up yards down the field. The Ravens defense fell from the NFL's elite this past season and the primary reason was its struggles against the run, normally one of the strengths of this group. The Ravens allowed 122.8 yards per game on the ground, the highest total in franchise history. The Ravens had one of the top-10 ranked rush defenses for nine straight seasons before the 2012-13 group ballooned to 20 th , the second worst ranking in franchise history.
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By Matt Vensel | March 13, 2013
The Ravens said a month ago they wanted to strengthen the middle of their defense after winning the Super Bowl. They left out the part about letting more than half of their starting defenders go to accomplish that goal. On Wednesday, the Ravens released starting strong safety Bernard Pollard , a hard-hitting box safety who is a quality run defender. His release came a day after the Ravens lost inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and pass rusher Paul Kruger in free agency and a month after inside linebacker Ray Lewis ended his career with a title.
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