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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
The Ravens were several hours into trying to recruit Ben Grubbs' potential replacement when they learned Thursday morning that their Pro Bowl left guard had reached a long-term agreementon with the New Orleans Saints. Team officials knew his departure was the likely outcome when he hit free agency Tuesday at 4 p.m, and their preparations for life after Grubbs began earlier in the morning when they welcomed free agent guard Evan Mathis to their training facility for a visit. Mathis, who blocked for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, spent the day with Ravens officials, and was expected to have dinner and stay the night in the area.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
The Ravens would like to improve their offensive line during the offseason, but the best move they could make in free agency would be re-signing Ben Grubbs, who could soon be one of the top guards available. The Ravens recently said that they have already offered big money to Grubbs -- and there's no reason not to believe that claim -- but if Grubbs, who turns 28 this month, hits the open market, he could be gone for good. Grubbs is widely viewed as one of the top two or three offensive guards in the 2012 free agent class, which includes Carl Nicks of the New Orleans Saints and Evan Mathis of the Philadelphia Eagles.
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By Edward Lee | January 16, 2012
In the aftermath of the Ravens' 20-13 win against the Houston Texans Sunday, Andre Gurode had a nickname suggestion for Ben Grubbs: “Allstate.” For a company that once ran with the slogan “You're in good hands with Allstate,” the nickname was quite appropriate for Grubbs, whose alertness helped the offense overcome a potential disaster in the AFC divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium. The starting left guard recovered two fumbles by teammates, jumping on a loose ball caused when Texans outside linebacker Brooks Reed sacked and stripped quarterback Joe Flacco in the second quarter.
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By Matt Vensel | December 9, 2011
Ravens center Matt Birk, who injured his shoulder in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, returned to practice Friday after sitting out the previous two and is optimistic that he will make his 93rd straight start. “Yeah, I feel good. We're still 48 hours away, and there's a lot to be done,” Birk said. “But I think it's one of those things where we'll have to see how it feels on Sunday. ... There's so much stress and worry and all those things that you just live in the now and go to the trainer's room and do what they tell me to do.” If for some reason Birk can't go Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Andre Gurode is waiting in the wings.
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By Edward Lee | November 28, 2011
The Ravens announced Monday that they have added two offensive linemen to their practice squad. They are center Cecil Newton and offensive tackle Kenny Wiggins. Newton may be a familiar name to football fans. He is the older brother of Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton. Newton and Wiggins fill vacancies created when the team promoted linebacker Josh Bynes to the active roster on Wednesday and the New York Jets signed offensive tackle Austin Howard on Friday.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2011
Rob Chesson has been running all over his Anne Arundel County opponents this fall, scoring 20 touchdowns in six games. The Old Mill running back rushed for five in last week's 47-10 win over archrival and No. 5 Arundel, carrying the ball 35 times for 216 yards. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior has rushed 139 times this season for 914 yards. He's accumulated 1,261 all-purpose yards to lead the No. 3 Patriots to a 6-0 start. A veteran of the Patriots' 2008 state championship team, Chesson has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and plans to run track in the spring to see if he can lower that time.
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By Edward Lee | September 26, 2011
One of the few criticisms the Ravens have encountered after their 37-7 thumping of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was the decision to have quarterback Joe Flacco run the offense in the last 3 minutes, 10 seconds of the game. Keeping Flacco in a game that had already been decided might put the franchise quarterback at risk to a season-ending injury, but coach John Harbaugh said during his weekly briefing Monday that allowing Flacco to play with reserves like offensive linemen Bryan Mattison and Jah Reid, wide receivers LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss and running back Anthony Allen could provide benefits in the long run. “We did replace as many guys as we could,” Harbaugh began.
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The Washington Post | September 25, 2011
On five occasions in the Washington Redskins game Sept. 18, Rex Grossman dropped back and spotted his receiver. The ball's trek was interrupted midflight, though, batted down by defensive linemen and never coming close to the intended target. "Nothing I can do about that," Grossman said last week. But coaches know that five batted balls is an abnormally high number, and the Arizona Cardinals seemed to know they could disrupt the Redskins' passing game by simply sticking their hands in the air. Entering tonight's game against the Dallas Cowboys, Grossman has enjoyed a good couple of weeks to open the season.
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Mike Preston | September 23, 2011
When I first heard the news of Orlando Brown's death, like most people, I was stunned. Not Zeus. He was too tough to die. There was nothing fierce or mean enough to be able to take Orlando Brown away from here. But as time wore on Friday, I started smiling because Zeus had fooled me again. He always portrayed this image as the toughest guy on the planet, but for those who really knew him, Zeus was a pussycat, one of the nicest people you'd ever meet. He was a huge man with a huge heart.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2011
The Ravens decided to take the cautious route by sitting their starting offensive line for the preseason finale. That means the first time all five starters will play together will be the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starting center Matt Birk (who had been recovering from knee surgery) and left tackle Bryant McKinnie (signed a day before the third preseason game) won't play a snap this preseason. While Ravens coach John Harbaugh's general rule has been sitting starters in the final preseason game, he indicated this week that he might want to get the first-team offensive line some work.
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