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Mike Anderson | Running Back

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (41) / 9/21/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230
College: Utah
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Howard Balzer of The Sports Xchange reports that free agents Mike Anderson and Shane Olivea have both been suspended by the NFL.
Anderson's suspension spans a full year. He would be 36 if he played in 2009, so we definitely don't expect to see him again. Olivea's is only for four games and because he is young and has starting experience, he'll likely still find work. A team could sign him, keep him on the reserve/suspended list through Week 4, then drop another player and activate Olivea in-season. Fri, Jun 20, 2008 05:57:00 PM

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Ravens released RB Mike Anderson.

The move saves $1.3 million in cap room and leaves Willis McGahee without a backup. Anderson will be 35 before the upcoming season, but doesn't have the mileage on his tires players his age normally do. He could land in Houston to replace Ron Dayne as a short-yardage back.
Wed, Feb 27, 2008 03:34:00 PM

Mike Anderson (thigh) was "extremely limited" in Ravens practice Friday.

Anderson is listed as questionable on the injury report and will be a game-time decision Sunday. Expected starter Musa Smith would see all the carries in the Ravens' backfield against Pittsburgh if Anderson is sidelined.
Fri, Dec 28, 2007 03:59:00 PM

Mike Anderson (thigh) was limited in practice Thursday.

If Anderson is well enough, he's slated to be Musa Smith's backup against the Steelers. If he isn't, usual return man Cory Ross will assume that role.
Thu, Dec 27, 2007 04:38:00 PM

Mike Anderson (thigh) was limited in Ravens practice Wednesday.

Anderson is expected to back up Musa Smith in Week 17 vs. Pittsburgh.
Wed, Dec 26, 2007 07:14:00 PM

Ravens RB Mike Anderson went out in the second half with a hamstring injury.

Anderson was effective and the most carries in relief of the injured Willis McGahee, but if he is out, Musa Smith could end up being the Week 17 starter.
Sun, Dec 23, 2007 10:16:00 PM

Mike Anderson rushed eight times for 44 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards. He also had a fumble in Week 16.

Anderson entered the game with only seven total attempts, but he was surprisingly quick to the line, though his fumble was returned for a touchdown. He was more efficient than Musa Smith, who had seven attempts for 25 yards, but the duo will likely split carries if Willis McGahee is out for Week 17.
Sun, Dec 23, 2007 08:29:00 PM

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun suggests that Mike Anderson should take over short-yardage carries from Willis McGahee.

It’s pointed out that Mike Anderson was a solid short-yardage runner in Denver and McGahee tiptoes too much inside the red zone. Anderson should be fresh at this point in the season and McGahee’s fantasy value would take a hit if he started to lose carries.
Mon, Oct 29, 2007 09:28:00 AM

Ravens declared RB Mike Anderson, K Rhys Lloyd, RB Cory Ross, LB Edgar Jones, QB Troy Smith, DE Trevor Pryce, CB Samari Rolle, and LT Jonathan Ogden inactive for Week 4.

Dwan Edwards takes Pryce's place and Corey Ivy moves into the lineup for Rolle. Musa Smith continues to back up Willis McGahee.
Sun, Sep 30, 2007 11:53:00 AM

Ravens declared RB Mike Anderson, RB Cory Ross, TE Daniel Wilcox, LT Jonathan Ogden, K Rhys Lloyd, CB Samari Rolle, DL Trevor Pryce, and QB Troy Smith inactive for Week 3.

Anderson has fallen behind Musa Smith on the Ravens' depth chart and can be dropped in all leagues. Dwan Edwards takes Pryce's place on the end. Usual nickel CB Corey Ivy will make his first start since 2005 in place of Rolle, which helps the cause of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.
Sun, Sep 23, 2007 12:04:00 PM

Ravens declared RB Mike Anderson, LB Edgar Jones, K Rhys Lloyd, T Jonathan Ogden, DB David Pittman, RB Cory Ross, QB Troy Smith and TE Daniel Wilcox inactive for Week 2.

Musa Smith will once again see action as the Ravens backup running back behind Willis McGahee.
Sun, Sep 16, 2007 03:20:00 PM

Backup running back Mike Anderson has returned to the Ravens after missing Week 1 due to a personal issue.

Musa Smith will likely now move back into his customary No. 3 role.
Fri, Sep 14, 2007 10:07:00 AM

Ravens declared RB Mike Anderson, K Rhys Lloyd, QB Troy Smith, WR Yamon Figurs, DB Ronnie Prude, and rookie LBs Antwan Barnes, Prescott Burgess, and Edgar Jones inactive for Monday night's bout with Cincinnati.

Anderson is dealing with personal issues; Musa Smith will back up Willis McGahee againt the Bengals. B.J. Sams will be on returns over Figurs.
Mon, Sep 10, 2007 06:19:00 PM

Mike Anderson missed his second straight day of practice Saturday because of personal issues. He may miss Monday night's game.

Musa Smith would be Willis McGahee's backup against the Bengals if Anderson is out. The Ravens only carry three tailbacks.
Sat, Sep 8, 2007 01:25:00 PM

Mike Anderson has outplayed Musa Smith in their competition to be the Ravens' top backup running back during training camp.

Smith still should have a role on third downs, but Anderson is the favorite to start if Willis McGahee gets hurt. Anderson also may help in short yardage and should benefit from Baltimore's implementation of more zone-based blocking schemes, which he ran behind in Denver.
Sun, Aug 12, 2007 01:52:00 PM

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