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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco lived up to his nickname during one unforgettable game day.
At 5:30 in the morning last Sunday, Flacco got a phone call from his wife, Dana. She was going into labor, poised to deliver the couple's second child. Dana was in New Jersey and Flacco n Baltimore, less than eight hours from taking the field against the Cleveland Browns.
''You obviously don't know how you're going to react when you get that call,'' Flacco recalled Wednesday. ''It's always a game-changer.''
Even for a guy known as Joe Cool.
Dana gave birth to a boy around 11:30, 90 minutes before the start of the game.
''The fact that it happened before the kickoff was settling for my mind. I was able to relax a little bit,'' Flacco said. ''I'm usually pretty reserved before the game, and I was walking around the locker room way more fidgety than I normally am. So it was definitely soothing to know she had the baby...
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Without a doubt, Baltimore Ravens fans had to be thinking “Not again!” after the first half of the home opener. The Ravens took on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, hoping to increase the team’s win number against their division rival to 11 consecutive wins. But as the team made their way to the locker room at halftime, it looked as though the Ravens were headed down...
The Baltimore Ravens are set to take the field at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday against the Houston Texans. After a astonishing 43-13 loss to the Texans last season, the Ravens are looking to redeem themselves. But it won’t be easy.
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1. Strong run game
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Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, suffered a strained left hip flexor Sunday during the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ victory over the Cleveland Browns. As Dan Hanzus of NFL.com tells us, the Ravens are extremely optimistic about his possible return. Rice is a big part of the Ravens’ offense and losing him for any length of time would put the black birds’ offense...
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice didn’t practice today after suffering a hip injury this past Sunday.
Not practicing: Ray Rice, Ryan Jensen, Jacoby Jones, Arthur Brown, Chykie Brown, Chris Canty
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 18, 2013
Bernard Pierce will get the start this week if Rice can’t go.
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Ray Lewis, one of the NFL’s greatest linebackers of all time, will return to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to be inducted into the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor.
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During Monday's press conference, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that he expected running back Ray Rice to take Wednesday's practice session off as he recovers from the hip injury that caused him to exit Sunday's contest against the Cleveland Browns. That proved to be true, as Rice was one of several Ravens' players to miss practice yesterday.RB...
Baltimore running back Ray Rice, who is dealing with a strained hip flexor, missed Wednesday's practice.Fantasy Spin:The Ravens are lucky the injury wasn't more serious, but Rice's health is still a big question mark. Bernard Pierce will start if Rice can't and even if Rice plays will likely get a bigger share of the rushing attempts.
If Texans' safety Ed Reed doesn't play against his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, on Sunday, his injury is more serious than anyone thought.
At least that's the theory retired Raven Ray Lewis is telling the media according to the Houston Chronicle.
"I would be (surprised)," Lewis said. "I would be, because then that would tell me that his injury...
Arthur Jones wanted to celebrate after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday.
Jones dropped Weeden for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter and it was particularly satisfying for the Ravens defensive lineman considering his medical ordeal in the weeks leading up to the game.
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Baltimore running back Ray Rice (hip) didn't practice Thursday, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.Fantasy Spin:He's a likely game-time decision. Bernard Pierce will be a legitimate RB1 if Rice misses the game, and if Rice plays fantasy owners can start both as flex plays.
On a day when the Ravens induct linebacker Ray Lewis into their Ring of Honor, another former member of the team's esteemed defense makes his return to Baltimore.
The circumstances will be vastly different.
Lewis retired in February after leading the Ravens (1-1) to their second Super Bowl victory. He will be hailed Sunday for a sensational 17-year career and for spending all...