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Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Urban is done for the season after tearing his right ACL in practice. The injury occurred during practice Wednesday. Coach John Harbaugh confirmed Thursday that the fourth-round pick from Virginia was lost for the year.
Impact: Urban is no stranger to injury. He tore the ACL of his left knee before and had a bad ankle injury during his senior year at Virginia. This injury occurred when Urban was trying to shake off a block. The 6-foot-6, 298-pound Urban signed a four-year, $2.52 million contract in May that includes a signing bonus in excess of $300,000.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taliaferro's misdemeanor case has been dropped, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Taliaferro, who was arrested in May on a trio of misdemeanor charges related to public drunkenness, hinted at this outcome last week. In any case, the incident likely wouldn't have been significant enough to warrant discipline from the NFL or team. Though his first headlines with the Ravens were negative, Taliaferro is still expected to compete for touches with Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett while Ray Rice serves a two-game suspension to start the season. Pierce is the favorite to start and take most of the carries, but the fourth-round rookie out of FCS Coastal Carolina may have an immediate role in the offense.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Rice says his actions against his then-fiancee were "totally inexcusable" and insisted he had never been a part of any domestic violence incidents before.
Impact: Rice was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped. He received a two-game suspension from the NFL and a fine in excess of $500,000. He said he never intended to appeal the punishment.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Urban reportedly tore his ACL on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Urban, who had reportedly been impressive in training camp, was expected to be part of the Ravens' defensive line rotation, but Wednesday's injury obviously dashes those hopes for the fourth-rounder.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webb has no structural damage in his back, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Webb has been sidelined since the second practice of training camp Friday after having issues with back spasms. The Ravens have said they are going to treat the injury with a cautious approach by evaluating Webb's status on a week-by-week or even day-by-day basis as to prevent the injury from becoming a long-term problem. He is coming off of a great 2013 season, where he recorded 74 tackles, 22 pass deflections, and two picks.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the season, Taliaferro is expected to see playing time working in tandem with Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Taliaferro, a fourth-round draft pick out of Coastal Carolina, initially made headlines with the Ravens for a May arrest on a trio of misdemeanor charges. He expects the charges to be dismissed or otherwise resolved favorably, and the incident likely won't have much impact on his status with the team. Pierce figures to start and garner most of the touches while Rice serves a two-game suspension to open the season, but Taliaferro and Forsett are both candidates for added playing time. Pierce, who served as Rice's primary backup the past two seasons, wasn't effective in 2013 and isn't much of a receiving threat. With the Ravens likely hesitant to hand Pierce a starter's workload, both Taliaferro and Forsett have excellent opportunities.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webb's back injury is lingering, and the Ravens plan on looking into the issue.
Impact: Webb missed yet another practice Monday, and while there's no need for the Ravens to panic just yet, the team seems to be considering the possibility that the injury is something more serious than back spasms. Health permitting, Webb is locked in as the Ravens' top cornerback, with Jimmy Smith starting on the other side. The team has solid depth at nearly every other position on defense, but the cornerback group behind Webb and Smith is a major question mark.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice didn't appeal the two-game suspension handed down to him by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: While Rice is permitted to participate in training camp and in the Ravens' preseason slate, he'll sit out the team's first two regular season contests and is thus eligible to suit up for the squad's Week 3 contest against the Browns on Sept. 21. As a result, look for Bernard Pierce to lead the Ravens' ground game out of the gate, though once he returns, Rice will presumably have an opportunity to reestablish his position atop the team's RB depth chart.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce, who left practice early Saturday, practiced Sunday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Pierce, who is bouncing back from offseason rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder, downplayed his early exit Saturday, with his presence at practice Sunday supporting the notion that he hasn't experienced any notable injury setbacks. With teammate Ray Rice facing a two-game suspension to start the season, a healthy Pierce is in line for an expanded role in the Ravens' backfield out of the gate.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Despite walking out of practice early with a team doctor Saturday, Pierce said he is not injured, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Pierce relayed the information in a since-deleted tweet, so the whole situation was managed a bit oddly, but offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak also said that he heard nothing regarding an injury to Pierce. Pierce remains the likely starter during Ray Rice's two-game suspension, health permitting.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce walked out of practice with a team doctor Saturday for undisclosed reasons.
Impact: The Ravens have yet to provide an update on Pierce's situation, but as one of the league's more injury prone runners it's a story to monitor for now. We'll keep a lookout for more information.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webb missed Saturday's practice with back spasms, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Webb has suffered a pair of torn ACLs during his career, but has otherwise been quite durable. The current issue seems like a minor one, and he's locked in as the Ravens' top cornerback. While always a candidate to pile up interceptions and pass defenses, Webb has never recorded more than the 74 tackles he had last season. He was tested more often than usual in 2013, after suffering a torn ACL the year before. With the Ravens lacking depth in the secondary, opposing quarterbacks may want to target other players this season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hill signed with the Ravens on Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Hill will serve a six-game suspension to start the year due to a repeated violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and will be just one failed test away from a likely year-long ban. Under the current penalty, Hill will be eligible for reinstatement October 13. The 24-year-old played in 12 games for the Giants last season, racking up 77 combined tackles and two interceptions. After serving his suspension, he'll compete for reps in the Ravens secondary.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the upcoming campaign, Pierce (shoulder) is in line to temporarily take over the Ravens' starting RB role early on, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Pierce, who is coming off offseason shoulder surgery, is expected to be a go for training camp and assuming his health, he is in a position to fill in for Rice for the first couple of weeks of the 2014 season. Veteran back Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro are also candidates for expanded duties out of the gate, but for the time being it looks like those who draft Pierce should get at least a couple of starts out of him. While Rice figures to be given the opportunity to reclaim his starting job upon his return, a strong effort on Pierce's part in his stead could lead to Pierce remaining a key cog in the Ravens' ground game beyond Week 2.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Impact: The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged. Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franks, who signed with the Ravens in June to add depth at cornerback, failed his conditioning test Thursday as Baltimore opened camp, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Franks will be cleared to practice once he passes the conditioning test. While failing the conditioning test is not an end-all-be-all for a player's future with a team, reporting to camp out of shape is a red flag. Franks and fellow veteran Aaron Ross were brought on to compete for the Ravens' nickel cornerback spot in June. With Ross going down with an Achilles injury Thursday, Franks will have one less player to beat out for a roster spot.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross suffered a torn Achilles' while running a conditioning test, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Ross had been brought in by the Ravens to compete for the team's nickleback role, with his injury thus representing a hit to the team's secondary depth.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice will be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season as a result of his Feb. 15 aggravated assault charge, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: After Rice and his wife met with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, the league decided a two-game banishment was appropriate given the contrition the running back had shown since an altercation with his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino. With Rice out of the picture for the first two weeks of the regular season, the Ravens will attempt to get by with either Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett or rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro as their primary runner. However, given Rice's tenure in the Ravens backfield, look for him to reclaim the starting job after he's completed his suspension.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce, who underwent offseason rotator cuff surgery, indicated that he is fully cleared medically, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Moreover, the report indicates that Pierce (who is officially listed by the Ravens at 230 pounds) said that his weight is presently down to 223 pounds. Now healthy and slimmed down, Pierce could be in line for an expanded role early on, with teammate Ray Rice potentially facing discipline from the NFL.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cody (hip) was placed on the physically unable to perform list Friday, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Cody is still recovering from offseason hip surgery, but could return as early as the beginning of training camp. The former second-round pick is currently on a one-year deal with the Ravens after four underwhelming seasons, three of which have seen him start three or fewer games. Cody hopes to participate in training camp, and will need to prove something between camp and the preseason if he wants to make the team.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson will have to battle for a roster spot, the Ravens' official website reports.
Impact: Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Browns are all locks to make the roster, and will likely occupy the top four spots on the depth chart. That leaves a host of wideouts to compete for just one or two roster spots, with Thompson's chief competitors including Michael Campanaro, LaQuan Williams and Kamar Aiken. Thompson may have an advantage due to his blazing speed and ability to return kicks, but the Ravens likely plan on using Jacoby Jones as the primary return man for both punts and kickoffs.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith became the fifth player on the team to be arrested during the offseason after he received a criminal citation Saturday night for failing to follow an officer's orders. The incident occurred after Baltimore County police were called to a Towson restaurant because a woman had reportedly passed out in the bathroom.
Impact: Police arrived and found the woman vomiting into a sink in the bathroom. Police say Smith was with her and refused to obey an officer's repeated orders to leave the bathroom. Smith, 25, was cited late Saturday at a police precinct in Towson and then released. A Ravens spokesman said Sunday that the team is "gathering information" on the incident.