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By Matt Vensel | April 25, 2011
Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski improved to 4-0 in his professional boxing career with a first-round technical knockout of Blake Warner on Saturday night. Zbikowski landed an uppercut at the 2:20 mark and the fight was called after Warner dropped to the canvas. “This was my best win since coming back from a five-year layoff,” he told The Daily Oklahoman . Here's video of the fight (and audio if you speak Spanish):
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By Edward Lee | August 22, 2012
When Tom Zbikowski - and to a lesser extent, Haruki Nakamura - left the Ravens, the team wasted little time signing Sean Considine to a free-agent deal. And after offseason workouts and training camp, Considine is listed as starting strong safety Bernard Pollard's backup on the defensive depth chart. “It's kind of what I had in mind, and as far as contributing on special teams and doing things in that area, that was definitely the idea when I came here,” said Considine, an eighth-year vet who has also played with the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars.
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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 16, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is safety Tom Zbikowski, who has intercepted a pass in each of his past two games - which also happen to be the first two starts of his two-year pro career. Zbikowski, who has boxed as an amateur and professional, talked about replacing five-time Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed, studying film in the NFL and remaking Notre Dame. Question: Has there been an enormous amount of pressure on you to fill in for Ed Reed?
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By Matt Vensel | March 17, 2012
Former Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski officially joined the Indianapolis Colts today. Zbikowksi's agent, Ralph Cindrich tweeted today that his client has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Colts, who are coached by former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. Former Ravens defensive end Cory Redding signed with Indianapolis on Wednesday. There was some confusion Friday evening about Zbikowski's situation. After The Chicago Tribune reported that Zbikowski had agreed to terms and the safety Tweeted about how he was headed to Indianapolis, Cindrich said on Twitter that there was no official agreement with the Colts.
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By MIKE PRESTON | June 17, 2008
As an amateur boxer, safety Tom Zbikowski had more than 70 fights, but none like the one he is about to enter when the Ravens open training camp July 21. The Ravens return two starting safeties, Ed Reed and Dawan Landry, and they really like Jim Leonhard, a fourth-year free agent added during the offseason. The Ravens usually keep four on the roster, and if they had to start the season now, sixth-round draft pick Haruki Nakamura would probably beat out Zbikowski for the final spot. But, because a final decision won't be made for several months, that gives Zbikowski time to prepare.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | October 20, 2011
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that safety Tom Zbikowski has not been cleared for contact yet. Zbikowski suffered a concussion Oct. 2 against the New York Jets. Because of the concussion symptoms, Zbikowski has been wearing sunglasses while he is out at practice. With him sidelined, Bernard Pollard has been starting at strong safety. Wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) also did not participate in the morning walk-through practice. He hasn't played since Week Two against the Tennessee Titans.
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By Jamison Hensley | December 25, 2009
1 Santonio Holmes hurts the Ravens again. The wide receiver has scored a touchdown in six straight games against the Ravens, reaching the end zone a total of seven times. 2 The Ravens' pass protection struggles in Blitz-burgh. Tackles Michael Oher, Oniel Cousins and possibly Jared Gaither have to protect quarterback Joe Flacco from James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. 3 The Steelers go deep on the Ravens' secondary. In seven wins this season, Roethlisberger has completed 34 passes of 20 yards or more.
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By Matt Vensel | August 9, 2011
The Ravens signed strong safety Bernard Pollard to compete with Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura for a spot in the starting lineup. If dancing is the tiebreaker in this competition, Pollard will have it locked up. Check out this video of Pollard, who used to play for the Chiefs, from when “Hard Knocks” was in Kansas City in 2007. From what I'm told, his moves would put some of the girls on the Block to shame. I wouldn't know.
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By Edward Lee | October 22, 2011
Tom Zbikowski is back again after being off. The starting strong safety returned to Saturday's practice after sitting out Friday's session. Zbikowski, who is dealing with symptoms stemming from the concussion he sustained in the Ravens' 17-point win against the New York Jets on Oct. 2, practiced on a limited basis Thursday, and although he was dressed, Zbikowski did not take part in a few defensive drills. Cornerbacks Chris Carr and Jimmy Smith were active during the portion of practice open to the media.
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By Edward Lee | November 21, 2011
Inside linebacker Ray Lewis and right guard Marshal Yanda were two of several Ravens players absent during the portion of Monday evening's practice open to the media. Lewis sat out Sunday's 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals with a toe injury. Yanda was not reported to have suffered an injury after the game. Wide receivers David Reed and LaQuan Williams, defensive tackle Arthur Jones and rookie cornerback Chykie Brown were also not present. Wide receiver Lee Evans (left ankle)
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By Edward Lee | December 29, 2011
Bernard Pollard was a surprise addition to the Ravens' injury report on Thursday, missing practice because of an illness. But despite Pollard's absence, Tom Zbikowski said he doesn't anticipate starting at strong safety in Sunday's regular-season finale at the Cincinnati Bengals. “No, I don't think so,” he said. “I think it's just late in the year with sicknesses and that kind of stuff. I'm not expecting him to miss anything. He'd have his shoulder popped out or bad thumbs, and he'd play.
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By Edward Lee | December 16, 2011
In the aftermath of losing two fumbles on kick returns in the Ravens' 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13, David Reed was instructed to work with running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery on addressing his issues with ball security. On Thursday, special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg provided an update of Reed's progress in that department. “The drills have been really productive,” Rosburg said during his weekly media briefing Thursday. “Wilbert is really good at this, and he's been grinding on David.
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By Edward Lee | December 15, 2011
Despite cornerback Lardarius Webb's appearing to miss his second straight day of practice because of a toe injury on his left foot, Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg isn't ruling Webb out on punt returns. Webb is tied for 10th in the NFL with a 10.7-yard average on punt returns, but his absence in practice would seem to throw some doubt on his availability for Sunday night's clash with the San Diego Chargers. Still, Rosburg clung to the possibility that Webb could contribute in some manner despite the toe injury.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2011
It was only about six hours after the team charter had touched down from Seattle when Tom Zbikowski, who still hadn't gotten any extended sleep, drove to the Ravens' complex in Owings Mills, and headed to the practice field. The kick return job wasn't yet his, but after David Reed fumbled twice and got a costly penalty after another return, Zbikowski figured that he better be prepared for anything. "He took about 100 kickoff returns because he knew he was going to be back there and if he wasn't going to be back there, he wanted the coach to know that he was ready to take some kickoff returns the ensuing week against the [Cincinnati]
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By Edward Lee | November 23, 2011
If the Ravens' 31-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday was any indication, Tom Zbikowski could be the first to get a shot at returning kicks on Thanksgiving night when the San Francisco 49ers visit M&T Bank Stadium. Zbikowski isn't confirming that scenario, but he said that's his mindset. “It might be like last week where we've got multiple returners,” Zbikowski said after Wednesday's practice. “You've just got to be prepared for anything and be prepared for everything.
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By Edward Lee | November 22, 2011
Unlike last Sunday, there were no blatant miscues on kick returns in the Ravens' 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. Tom Zbikowski returned one kick for 26 yards, and Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb split four touchbacks. While not earth-shattering, those results were much better received than David Reed's two lost fumbles in the 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13. For Zbikowski who got drilled by Bengals safety Taylor Mays on his lone return, returning a kick for the first time in about a year was about regaining a feel for the assignment.
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By MIKE PRESTON | December 20, 2009
Bears TE Greg Olsen vs. Ravens safeties Dawan Landry and Tom Zbikowski Olsen, a third-year player, has 463 yards on 51 completions. He is Jay Cutler's primary target in the middle of the field. Either Landry or Zbikowski will be responsible for the deep third of the field, but the other can't allow Olsen to roam the middle on short- to mid-range routes. Edge: Olsen: Bears CB Charles Tillman vs. Ravens WR Derrick Mason Tillman usually plays the left side in the Cover 2 scheme, but the Bears have been lining him up against the top receiver when necessary.
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By Edward Lee | November 21, 2011
Inside linebacker Ray Lewis and right guard Marshal Yanda were two of several Ravens players absent during the portion of Monday evening's practice open to the media. Lewis sat out Sunday's 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals with a toe injury. Yanda was not reported to have suffered an injury after the game. Wide receivers David Reed and LaQuan Williams, defensive tackle Arthur Jones and rookie cornerback Chykie Brown were also not present. Wide receiver Lee Evans (left ankle)
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By Edward Lee | November 2, 2011
Just in time for a rematch with arguably one of the most explosive wide-receiving corps in the NFL, the Ravens are getting healthier - and more effective - in the secondary. Cornerbacks Chris Carr and Jimmy Smith and strong safety Tom Zbikowski saw a decent amount of time in Sunday's 30-27 win against the Arizona Cardinals, and their presence bolsters a defensive backfield that has relied heavily on starting cornerbacks Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb and starting safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard.
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