Ravens Rumors & News

  • Ravens' Smith expected to return vs. Dolphins after missing two games

    ESPN "Jimmy Smith is listed as questionable with a back injury, but the Baltimore Ravens cornerback is expected to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Smith had full practices all week after missing the last two games. "He looks good," coach John Harbaugh said after Friday's practice. "We..." December 03

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Is Ravens coach John Harbaugh's job on the line?

    SI "With just five games remaining in the NFL season, there may not be a team with more on the line than the Baltimore Ravens. There is a standard of excellence in Owing Mills, Md., bred through two Super Bowl titles, 11 winning seasons and 10 postseason berths in the past 16 years. You can feel it..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to SI.com by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • The NFL's best kicker explains why the PAT shanking epidemic won't last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Seinfeld was sitting on the desk of an NFL pregame show, you could pretty much guarantee what he'd be saying these days: "What's up with these kickers? Have you ever noticed that nobody can make a stinking extra point anymore?" It's something of an epidemic, I suppose, especially after..." November 30

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • Ravens propose a bonus point for kickoffs through the uprights

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has tinkered with kickoffs in recent years, attempting to reduce the number of high-speed collisions on returns and make the game safer. But now the Baltimore Ravens are proposing a radical rule change on kickoffs that goes far beyond tinkering. Ravens coach John Harbaugh and kicker..." November 29

  • Ravens coach John Harbaugh wants quarterback Joe Flacco to alter his sliding technique

    Baltimore Sun "John Harbaugh has Joe Flacco’s back in almost every occasion. But if there is one area in which the Ravens coach and quarterback don’t see eye to eye, it is Flacco’s sliding ability. For the second time in four games, Flacco finished a nice scramble with an awkward slide on the brace protecting..." November 29

  • John Harbaugh thrilled with Ravens’ intentional safety

    Pro Football Talk "John Harbaugh was a special teams coordinator before he became the Ravens’ head coach, so he cares more about the ins and outs of the kicking game than most coaches do. And when the Ravens ended Sunday’s win over the Bengals with their punt team taking an intentional safety, Harbaugh was thrilled..." November 28

  • Another cornerback gets into it with Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.

    Baltimore Sun "Another week, another cornerback who fires a shot at Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. A week after Dallas Cowboys rookie Anthony Brown said he no longer had respect for Smith, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick took Smith to task after he recorded four receptions for 20 yards in the..." November 28

  • Vontaze Burfict's ridiculous flop fools ref into penalizing Steve Smith

    CBS Sports "Hey, give Vontaze Burfict credit. The man who has been fined more than $805,000 in his five-year NFL career decided it's more advantageous to his teammates -- and his wallet -- to be on the other end of a penalty flag, even if it means flopping around the field like a fish out of water. Which..." November 27

  • Dumervil's strip allows Ravens to end skid versus Bengals

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh knew linebacker Elvis Dumervil was going to make a huge impact at some point this season. That moment came at the most crucial time to keep Baltimore's playoff hopes alive. Dumervil forced a fumble by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy..." November 27

  • Ravens activate Nick Boyle

    Pro Football Talk "The Ravens have activated tight end Nick Boyle from the reserve-suspended list, the Baltimore Sun reported. Boyle was suspended for the first 10 games of the season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. A 2015 fifth-round pick, Boyle also served a four-game..." November 26

  • Ravens unlikely to have Jimmy Smith on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers beat the Colts on Thursday night, moving them to 6-5 in the season and leaving the Ravens in need of a win against the Bengals to keep pace at the top of the AFC North. It doesn’t look like they’ll have cornerback Jimmy Smith’s help in that effort. Smith has been listed as doubtful..." November 25

  • Steve Smith and Adam Jones are old enough to have mutual respect

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If you pulled something rolling your eyes every time your uncle ranted about millennials on Thanksgiving, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is here to make things better. He’s got a thought or two on millennials as well, but they’re way more entertaining than your uncle’s. Twice this..." November 25

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • Joe Flacco didn't watch Ray Lewis' apology, considers it no big deal

    Baltimore Sun "Joe Flacco insisted he wasn’t offended by former Raven linebacker Ray Lewis saying last week that the quarterback lacked passion, and he was certainly not sitting around waiting for an apology from his ex-teammate. Lewis did apologize Monday, via a video on his Twitter account. Flacco said he..." November 24

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras

    NFL.com "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • Joe Theismann: Kirk Cousins better than Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford

    Sportsnaut "Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann is a huge fan of current Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has been on fire of late. “I think he’s been playing fantastic football,” Theismann said, via TMZ Sports. “The thing about Kirk, and about the position, really, is how..." November 22

  • Talk of one more year for Steve Smith Sr.

    Baltimore Sun "Steve Smith Sr. has vowed that this season will be the last of his 16-year career as a wide receiver. But fellow wideout Mike Wallace said he would love to continue playing with Smith. “Sixteen years is a long time, but if anybody can keep playing, it’s him,” Wallace said Sunday. “It’s just an..." November 22

  • Ray Lewis issues apology for criticizing Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's lack of passion

    Baltimore Sun "In 17 years with the Ravens, Ray Lewis showed a knack for dropping into coverage and became just one of six linebackers to finish with at least 30 interceptions. So it should come as no surprise that Lewis can still backpedal, which he did Monday. Four days after questioning Joe Flacco’s..." November 21

  • Joe Flacco repeatedly says Ravens should have beaten Cowboys: 'I'm not kidding'

    BaltimoreRavens.com "The Ravens aren’t taking any moral victories after a 10-point loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Sure, the Cowboys have the NFL’s best record at 9-1. And, yes, the Ravens were tied with them at halftime. But that just left the Ravens feeling more frustrated as they prepared..." November 21

  • Cowboys rookie CB Anthony Brown on Baltimore WR Steve Smith: 'I have no respect for him anymore'

    Sports Day "Dallas Cowboys rookie cornerback Anthony Brown said he respected Baltimore's Steve Smith coming into Sunday's game. But after it was over, he had lost all respect for the Ravens veteran receiver. Smith was targeted nine times Sunday and caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Smith's..." November 21

  • Prescott's 3 TD passes carry Cowboys over Ravens

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are entering some special territory with each passing win. Not getting caught up it may become their greatest challenge. Dak Prescott threw three touchdowns passes and the Cowboys now own the longest winning streak in franchise history after..." November 20

  • Steve Smith Sr. joins NFL’s exclusive 1,000-catch club

    Sportsnaut "He’s played in 214 career games. He now has 1,000 career catches for 14,349 receiving yards and 78 touchdowns … and counting. The career of Steve Smith Sr. has been nothing short of remarkable. Midway through the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys, Smith Sr. hit an incredible milestone..." November 20

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • Eric Weddle fires back at Ray Lewis over Joe Flacco comments

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Flacco is seemingly always a subject of criticism and was so this week by former teammate Ray Lewis. Current teammate Eric Weddle had his back, though. While on Fox Sports 1’s “Speak For Yourself” on Thursday, Lewis questioned Flacco’s passion for the game. You can see video of Lewis..." November 19

  • Cowboys’ offense running into a great Ravens run defense

    Pro Football Talk "The Cowboys’ running attack has received an enormous amount of attention this season, with the best offensive line in the league opening holes for Ezekiel Elliott, who is a candidate not just for rookie of the year but for league MVP. Less attention has been paid to the Ravens’ run defense, but..." November 18

  • Jimmy Smith, Elvis Dumervil doubtful to face Cowboys

    Pro Football Talk "Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil said Thursday that he was hopeful that he could return to action as “an extra arsenal” against the Cowboys this Sunday, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. The Ravens listed Dumervil, who has missed the last four games because of the foot injury..." November 18

  • Joe Flacco: Ray Lewis can think what he wants

    Pro Football Talk "Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis weighed in on current Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco this week and shared his opinion that Flacco is lacking passion for the game. Lewis, who was part of a Super Bowl winner with Flacco, suggested that it may just be Flacco’s personality to be more reserved..." November 18

  • Ray Lewis says Joe Flacco lacks passion for football

    ESPN "Ray Lewis publicly questioned the passion of Joe Flacco on Thursday when asked why the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback has been so inconsistent this season. "Gifted? Absolutely. Passionate about what he do? I've never seen that," Lewis told Fox Sports 1 on Thursday. "I don't know what that looks..." November 18

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • Joe Flacco admits to ridiculous impulse buy

    Sportsnaut "Baltimore Ravens’ star Joe Flacco believes he’s an elite quarterback, and elite quarterbacks apparently deserve elite massage chairs — or at least a bunch of them. Flacco, who’s statistically a top-15 NFL quarterback this season, fessed up on a recent podcast that he once bought a “handful” of..." November 17

  • Eugene Monroe remains hopeful NFL will change rules over use of medical marijuana

    USA Today "One of the most outspoken proponents of marijuana as an alternative to painkillers for NFL players says he views votes in several states last week to legalize the drug as another sign that stigmas are diminishing and people are taking medical applications more seriously. “I think what it..." November 16

  • Ravens Promote CB Asa Jackson

    Pro Football Rumors "The Ravens announced that they have promoted cornerback Asa Jackson to the 53-man roster. His spot was cleared when Baltimore placed rookie defensive tackle Willie Henry on injured reserve. The Ravens also signed guard Jarrod Pughsley and tight end Austin Traylor to the practice squad while..." November 15

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Ravens, Fracco handle winless Browns 28-7

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The confidence for Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco didn't waver after two interceptions stalled potential scoring drives. Instead, Flacco and the rest of the Ravens' offense bounced back with their most impressive outing of the season. Flacco threw three touchdown passes..." November 11

  • Alex Lewis Leaves Game With Ankle Injury, X Rays Come Back Negative

    BaltimoreRavens.com "The offensive line has suffered another tough blow. Rookie left guard Alex Lewis went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter of Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Browns and was carted off the field with an air cast on his right leg. Head Coach John Harbaugh didn’t indicate how..." November 11

  • John Harbaugh credits all three phases for Ravens’ win

    Pro Football Talk "Ravens coach John Harbaugh said his team played its most complete game of the season in beating the Browns 28-7 on Thursday night. Harbaugh, whose offense has struggled so much that he fired his offensive coordinator during the season, indicated after the game that he was as pleased with the..." November 11

  • Steve Smith says Ravens still searching for improvement, respect

    Pro Football Talk "Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. had his 78th career touchdown reception in Thursday night’s win over the winless Browns, and next week Smith could pass 1,000 career receptions. He’s still doing Steve Smith things, too. Smith showed up on NFL Network set after the game to talk about his..." November 11

  • Steve Smith tells Harrison: Don't take digs at me

    NFL.com "There will be many discussions as to whether Steve Smith will wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday, but there's no question he's in the Football Trash Talk Hall of Fame. On the NFL Network set after Thursday's 28-7 win over the Browns, the Ravens veteran wideout didn't waste any..." November 11

  • NFL may consider fewer commercials to improve ratings

    Awful Announcing "There’s a lot of infuriating things happening in the world and in the world of sports right now. But for me, what has to be near the top of the list, at least in the top five, is this… Commercial. Touchback. Commercial. You know those interminable points in an NFL game after a team goes on a..." November 10

  • Donald Trump victory reportedly creating racial divide among NFL locker rooms

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the most common lessons a parent teaches a child is to not discuss politics with friends you want to keep. The same can apparently be said of NFL players and their teammates. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has spoken with more than two dozen current NFL players since Donald Trump won..." November 10

  • With ratings falling, the NFL may speed up game pace

    Today's Pigskin "Are NFL games just too slow? That’s one question being asked by executives as the rating continue to falter. NFL Media executive VP and NFL Network president and CEO Brian Rolapp was recently asked if the pace of games needed to increase to draw people back in, and he said: “Could [games] be..." November 10

  • NFL not rushing to rewrite marijuana policy amid new laws

    ESPN "The expansion of marijuana legalization across the United States during this week's elections will not spur any immediate changes in the NFL's joint drug policy with the NFL Players Association, spokesmen for both the league and the NFLPA said Wednesday. The NFLPA, however, will continue its..." November 10

  • How the NFL paved the way for Donald Trump's presidency

    Fox Sports "There was an election in America on Tuesday night and business mogul/reality star/Home Alone 2 starrer Donald Trump pulled off one of the great upsets in history to defeat Hillary Clinton and become the President-elect of the United States. And, if you're one of the 49% of people who didn't vote..." November 09

  • Pereira thinks NFL turning to full-time officials would be a mistake

    Pro Football Talk "Since Saints coach Sean Payton said last week on PFT Live that the NFL needs full-time officials, there has seemed to be a groundswell of support for the idea, even including the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino, saying the idea has merit. But a former head of officiating doesn’t..." November 09