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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
During his decade playing for the Ravens, gritty defensive lineman Kelly Gregg anchored the nose tackle position in a fairly revolutionary way. Gregg did more than just clog up the middle and prevent blockers from touching star middle linebacker Ray Lewis. As one of the most underrated players in the NFL -- he was never selected to a Pro Bowl -- Gregg was uncommonly active in pursuit and frequently penetrated the backfield as he recorded 548 tackles and 20.5 sacks in his career.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Inside the Ravens' locker room late Thursday night, wide receiver Kamar Aiken broke into a smile as he reflected on how to handle the anxiety of waiting to learn whether he has made the team. With Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline for the 53-man roster closing in on the Ravens, Aiken and his fellow wide receivers likely made one decision even more difficult with their performances in the team's preseason finale, a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith is expected to inject toughness and productivity into the Ravens' offense. The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is also providing confidence, predicting that the Ravens will be difficult for opposing defenses to game-plan against considering the amount of options new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has to choose from. That includes wide receivers Steve Smith, Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown, tight ends Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels, running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce and fullback Kyle Juszczyk.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been fined $8,268 by the NFL for kicking Washington Redskins offensive guard Shawn Lauvao, according to a league spokesman. The fine is for unnecessary roughness. Ngata wasn't penalized on the play. Ngata kicked Lauvao after Lauvao crushed Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks toward the end of a 19-yard run by Redskins running back Alfred Morris in the first quarter. "When I saw Lauvao do that, I kind of was just [upset]
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
As the Ravens hit the practice field Tuesday, one of their AFC rivals was putting the finishing touches on a significant trade. The New England Patriots sent six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick. Could the Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome also have a deal up their sleeves before they have to set their final roster at 53 on Saturday? Ravens coach John Harbaugh certainly sounded receptive to the idea, but he learned long ago to temper his expectations when it comes to trades at this time of year.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
Ravens rookie free safety Terrence Brooks chased Robert Griffin III toward the right sideline on the Washington Redskins' first drive in the first quarter. Brooks accelerated as he pursued Griffin and fought through a stiff-arm attempt to shove the quarterback out of bounds for a sack and a loss of 4 yards. "RGIII tried to outrun me, he tried to stiff-arm me, and I take a lot of pride on playing fast and not letting anyone do that to me," Brooks said. "I wasn't even paying attention to who it was. I know what type of player he is, but you can't get caught up in names like that.
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August 21, 2014
We hereby call upon the editor of The Sun op-ed page to suspend Susan Reimer two weeks for violating the rules of rational thinking ( "Ray Rice decision appears to prompt new NFL policy," Aug. 17). She is worried that the NFL "seeks to punish not only behavior that affects play on the field but behavior not even found criminal under the law. " Her first example: "Bullying in the locker room, for example. " As a former sportswriter, Ms. Reimer should know that what happens in the locker room most definitely does affect play on the field, including when it leads a bullied player to quit the team.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
For a decade in the NFL, fullback Vonta Leach built a reputation as of the most intimidating lead blockers in the game by delivering punishing hits that rattled linebackers' heads. Leach displayed uncommon pop as a blocker and was able to regularly jolt defenders out of the way with his superior strength and leverage. Now, the former Ravens and Houston Texans All-Pro fullback is a free agent hoping to play another year or two in the NFL after being cut by the Ravens in February.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Kyle Juszczyk trudged off the Ravens' practice field as a rookie fullback a year ago, thoroughly frustrated after a training camp blocking drill in which he was stonewalled repeatedly by linebackers and safeties. In the middle of Juszczyk's unconvincing audition as an inexperienced lead blocker, veteran rush linebacker Terrell Suggs shouted that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome needed to bring back Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. Three days later, Leach was signed to return as the Ravens' starting fullback.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata can likely expect to hear from the league office in the near future. Ngata kicked Redskins offensive guard Shawn Lauvao after Lauvao crushed Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks toward the end of a 19-yard run by Redskins running back Alfred Morris in the first quarter. Ngata retaliated to stick up for his teammate after Lauvao stuck Franks a bit late. "When I saw Lauvao do that, I kind of was just pissed that he was doing that and just nudged him," Ngata said.
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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 Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
The Ravens dug further into the process of reducing their roster by cutting five players Friday. However, the heaviest lifting commences today when the Ravens have to get down to a maximum of 53 players. That will require more challenging decisions than this latest round of subtractions. None of the Ravens' transactions Friday were surprising as center Reggie Stephens, outside linebacker D.J. Roberts, tight end Nathan Overbay and defensive linemen Levi Brown and Derrick Hopkins were released.
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Mike Preston | August 29, 2014
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has to be a little nervous these days. The Ravens are a few players away from being a good football team, and Newsome has several days remaining before the team begins preparation for the season opener here against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7. So, I suspect Newsome's fingers are busy calling around the league in an effort to find a cornerback or a guard or tackle in exchange for his team's surplus of receivers and linebackers. There is a fine line between being a serious contender and being average in the NFL, and the Ravens want to take it to the next level.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Now that the preseason is finally over, the next order of business for the Ravens is finalizing their 53-man roster, which will have to be done by 4 p.m. Saturday. The Ravens are currently at 75 players, so they'll need to make 22 moves over the next 36 hours or so. Two of the moves have already been made for them, as running back Ray Rice (two games) and safety Will Hill (six games) will start the season on the suspended list. That will save - at least temporarily - two players' jobs.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
NEW ORLEANS --  Attempting to convince the Ravens to keep three quarterbacks on the roster, rookie Keith Wenning saved his best performance of the preseason for the final game. Wenning completed 8 of 13 passes for 117 yards for a 90.9 quarterback rating Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints during a 22-13 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. "It was fun to be out there," Wenning said. "I wasn't nervous. I was just trying to make a play. I am pleased. I feel like I made some plays.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
A month after suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice two games for domestic violence, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged he "didn't get it right" and announced significantly harsher penalties for players who commit abuse or sexual assault, including possible lifetime bans for second offenders. The league released its tougher stance the same day the House of Ruth Maryland and the Ravens revealed a three-year partnership that will include a $600,000 donation from the team, training for the players and staff and promotional work on behalf of the centers for abused women and children.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancee were arrested over the weekend after a fight at a casino in Atlantic City, according a statement from the Atlantic City Police Department. Casino security called officers to the Revel Casino at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday after a domestic dispute between Rice and Janay Palmer that was recorded by video surveillance, according to a statement from police. Footage appeared to show both parties involved in a physical altercation.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who is due to be inducted in the team's Ring of Honor late next month, was arrested and charged with child abandonment Tuesday night. Lewis, 32, was booked in the Clayton County (Ga.) jail just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, and released shortly after midnight Wednesday, according to the report. Lewis, who retired in 2009 after playing nine seasons in the NFL, including six in Baltimore, has had no contact with his son for more than a year, according to court documents.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 28, 2014
Baltimore Ravens fans might have another reason to cheer for a sack of the opposing teams' quarterbacks this season -- free Big Macs. McDonald's is offering the promotion through its McD App mobile app. Mac for Sacks kicks in when the Ravens defense makes a sack for the first time in the game. All McD App users in the Baltimore area will be notified and get a digital coupon to redeem for a Big Mac the next day. The promotion applies at participating McDonald's restaurants and is valid through 11:59 p.m. the day after the game.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL personal-conduct policy Thursday, writing in a letter to NFL owners obtained by The Baltimore Sun that discipline for domestic violence incidents will increase significantly. The NFL will suspend first-time offenders for six games. A second violation would result in a lifetime ban, though players could file for reinstatement after one year. "Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline," Goodell wrote in the letter.
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