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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER | November 29, 2005
A day after the Ravens' troubling 42-29 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Brian Billick said his primary concern rests at running back and not on highly scrutinized quarterback Kyle Boller. A run of injuries has devastated the Ravens' backfield, leaving Jamal Lewis as the only healthy ball carrier heading into Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Backup Chester Taylor, a surprise late scratch Sunday with a foot injury, is considered questionable. Former third-round pick Musa Smith (leg)
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Salisbury's 37-34 overtime upset of then-No. 6 St. John Fisher last Saturday was punctuated by senior fullback J.D. Hook's 16-yard touchdown run. But the running game has been powering the offense all season. The Sea Gulls (2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference) have averaged 289.8 rushing yards thus far, seventh-best in Division III. They compiled 312 rushing yards against a Cardinals defense that had surrendered an average of 288.7 total yards prior to Saturday's contest.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2004
Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson can tell when running back Rudi Johnson is humming because of a high-pitched sound that comes out of his collisions with defenders. Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has a similar sound, and so does the New England Patriots' Corey Dillon. "You judge a running back off that sound they make," Anderson said recently. "They're not going, `Ugh,' they're going, `Bah.' "For a safety or a cornerback, that sound scares them. When a guy has a high sound like that, he usually keeps going forward.
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Mike Preston | September 29, 2014
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce can take his time healing his injured quadriceps. He can hang out in the whirlpool and get a couple of deep tissue massages. Get some more ultrasound treatments. If he wants, take another week or two off. I'm a supporter of the big back club and the Ravens have two of them in rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro (226 pounds) and, when he returns, in Pierce (230 pounds). Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis made a believer out of me. A team can have a home-run hitter at tailback, but there is nothing more demoralizing in football than a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 230-pound running back shoving the ball down your throat.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2006
NEW ORLEANS -- His legs were sore, exhaustion was setting in, and Jamal Lewis never felt better. The Ravens running back posted season highs in rushing yards and carries and played a significant role in the team's 35-22 victory over the New Orleans Saints yesterday at the Superdome. Lewis rushed for 109 yards, gaining 100 for the first time this fall and for only the third time in the past two seasons. His 31 carries were his most since Jan. 2, 2005, when he rushed 34 times for 167 yards against the Miami Dolphins.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2001
ASHBURN, Va. - If you can think of Ki-Jana Carter as a world-class runner who has spent more time on the shelf than on the track, then you can understand why he's ready to turn on Maurice Greene-type speed all the time. But, then, with all the stops and starts he's had in six NFL seasons, it's also logical for Carter, the Washington Redskins' backup running back, to want to employ the marathoner's strategy and save some energy for the final kick, hoping, this time, to finish the race. "Every time I go out there and they call my play, I want to go 100 miles an hour, but you can't because you have to let the game happen for you," Carter said.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER | March 15, 2006
Just like a former Marine, Mike Anderson was a good soldier yesterday. In his introductory news conference, Anderson expressed no regrets about coming to the Ravens, saying he was assured by team officials that he will have the opportunity to compete against Jamal Lewis for the starting running back job. It was assumed Anderson would be the Ravens' featured back when he reached a four-year, $8 million agreement Sunday night. Just a few hours later, he didn't know what to think after the Ravens re-signed Lewis.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1998
If Morgan State's Jay Hinton sticks around long enough, he might just learn how to run. For now, the running back's 4.4 speed has been enough.Despite limited carries in the first two games, the Phoenix native has rushed for 649 yards this season, including a 127-yard effort in a win over Delaware State last weekend, the team's first homecoming victory since 1980.This is Hinton's fifth locale in five seasons (after Maryvale (Ariz.) High School, Arizona State University, Glendale (Ariz.) JC and Arizona)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | November 30, 2004
ASHBURN, Va. - Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs hasn't forgotten about Clinton Portis. So despite the star running back's six-carry, 17-yard showing in Sunday's 16-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gibbs reiterated yesterday the team's appreciation of Portis and his value to the Redskins (3-8). "I'd say Clinton Portis is one of the real pluses for this year," Gibbs said yesterday. "I hope that doesn't get lost in the fact that we're losing games. ... He's somebody we all have great respect for, and we're looking forward to a lot of years with him."
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By GLENN GRAHAM and GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER | October 12, 2005
Atholton senior running back Matt Winger always makes sure to give credit where it's due. He'll talk up his trusted offensive line to no end. He makes certain to point out how senior fullback Patrick Hayden recklessly crashes through anybody who gets in his way. And he shows appreciation to coach Chuck Fales each week for giving him the opportunity to make a difference. It's not until the team gets together in the film room one Saturday morning in mid-September - eating six dozen doughnuts brought in by Winger while reviewing the Raiders' 40-22 win over Rockville - that he reluctantly gets around to giving some due to the guy who runs the ball for Atholton.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Veteran running back Justin Forsett was so frustrated and disheartened following an injury-plagued season with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year that he began contemplating alternate careers and a potential exit strategy from football. Now, the Ravens and Forsett are glad he didn't pursue business ventures or player development options. The diminutive runner displayed his determined, tackle-breaking running style Sunday during a 38-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, rushing for a game-high 66 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
If you think the Ravens are being coy about their running back situation, Lorenzo Taliaferro wants to let you in on a little secret. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak doesn't let the players know in advance how he'll divvy up the carries on game day, either. "He doesn't really tell us who's going to go in during the week," said Taliaferro, the Ravens' rookie running back. "[It's] … whoever they call and put in. We'll all step out there and get the job done. " There remains a shroud of mystery about the Ravens' running game as they face the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Doug Donovan and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ravens officials instructed employees Wednesday to save any documents, texts and emails related to Ray Rice in preparation for the NFL's investigation being conducted by former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III. The Ravens had already been told that team officials would be interviewed as part of the investigation into how Rice's domestic violence case was handled, but they had not been given any specific dates or instructions on what documents to...
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Mervo senior Tyreke Rudolph has been a big part of the Mustangs' quick start on the gridiron this fall. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound tailback has run for 316 yards on 28 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to wins over Patterson (27-0) and Dunbar (14-8). He also has nine tackles at cornerback. A three-sport standout, Rudolph has won two Baltimore City wrestling championships at 152 pounds and was a Class 4A-3A North region finalist last season. He is also city champ in the 300-meter hurdles and finished second in the regional meet.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Terrance West is over the fact that his hometown Ravens did not draft him. Now, the former Towson Tiger is focused on being the featured running back for the upstart Cleveland Browns. That his opportunity continues against a Ravens team that he developed many ties to makes it more special. "It's going to be fun, like playing against another high school," West told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. "Back in high school, I played at Northwestern. It's like playing against Forest Park - guys that you know.
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September 15, 2014
The National Football League received more domestic violence-related bad news last week with the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was charged over the weekend in Texas with reckless or negligent injury to a child. The allegation is that he used a tree branch or "switch" to spank his 4-year-old son, who suffered cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles and legs. Given that this was Texas, a state not normally given to condemning spanking of children as a disciplinary tool, one presumes that the injuries the preschooler suffered — because he allegedly failed to share his video game with a sibling — were pretty harsh.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2001
Jason Brookins' cutback move through the hole, created by the guard and center, froze the linebackers. And maybe a few of the coaches, too. "I thought I showed [the coaches] a few things they didn't expect out of me," said Brookins, whose 9-yard run on that play was part of a 38-yard, six-carry effort in the Ravens' scrimmage Friday night. That is why a week into training camp and 34 days until the season opener against the Chicago Bears, the Ravens have not moved to get an experienced player to back up running back Jamal Lewis.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun Reporter | November 16, 2007
In a season when nothing has seemed to go right for the Ravens, even their offseason decision at running back can be debated. Based strictly on talent, the Ravens made the right call by going with Willis McGahee over Jamal Lewis, who returns Sunday to M&T Bank Stadium for the first time since leaving the Ravens. McGahee has been the more effective runner, averaging 19 yards more a game than Lewis and producing more yards per carry. He is also a more versatile back than Lewis. McGahee can run for power inside but also hit the edges and catch the ball out of the backfield.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 14, 2014
Maryland running back Wes Brown did not play during the Terps' loss to West Virginia on Saturday, something Terps coach Randy Edsall later explained as a “head coach's decision.” However, Brown is “good to go” for Saturday's game against Syracuse, Edsall said Sunday. “I just, as a head coach, decided not to play him yesterday,” Edsall said. “We've got a new week today. … He was out there last week. But like I said, I made a decision that he wasn't going to play.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
A day after running back Ray Rice's contract was terminated, Ravens coach John Harbaugh reaffirmed his belief in Bernard Pierce, who didn't touch the ball after fumbling on his sixth carry in Sunday's season opener. "Bernard has been very good. He has a great attitude, good demeanor," Harbaugh said. "You don't lose faith in a player because of a bad play. Bernard is still on his way to becoming, I would say, a very good player, and I've been saying that all along. "I have the utmost confidence in him. … He's not going to be perfect - none of us are - but Bernard Pierce is a big part of what we're doing, just as are Justin [Forsett and]
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