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Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property and public drunkenness case has been dropped by prosecutors.

Taliaferro didn't even have to attend his court hearing Thursday. The fourth-round rookie is competing with Justin Forsett and Cierre Wood for time behind Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice.
Jul 31 - 10:58 AM

Ravens fourth-round DE Brent Urban has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.

Urban, a classic five-technique prospect out of UVA, was expected to provide depth behind Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty. Instead, he'll spend his rookie season on injured reserve.
Jul 31 - 10:17 AM

Ravens OT Jah Reid says he is down 20 pounds since last season.

"I’m a little lighter than I’ve been in the past, so I feel good," Reid said. "I feel faster." Reid shed the weight in an effort to become a better fit in new OC Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. Reid is competing with Rick Wagner to be the starting right tackle.
Jul 30 - 4:30 PM

Tests conducted on Ravens CB Lardarius Webb's ailing back revealed no structural damage.

Webb hurt his back in Friday's practice. It's apparently a muscular issue. Rest and rehab are the prescribed treatment, and Webb will be evaluated day-by-day and week-by-week. He's fully expected to be fine for the opener.
Jul 30 - 10:14 AM

According to the Baltimore Sun, suspended RB Ray Rice "sure has looked good in training camp."

Per beat writer Mike Preston, Rice had two long runs over the weekend where he "looked like the Rice of old," and "his cuts were excellent." It's hard to get overly bullish about Rice following a miserable 2013 campaign and now entering 2014 on suspension, but he'll be someone to track closely this preseason.
Jul 29 - 11:00 AM

Ravens CB Lardarius Webb injured his back in Friday's practice and will have it evaluated in the next few days.

Per the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens' "level of concern" has increased. After tearing his ACL in 2012, Webb started all 16 games last season and was a top-23 corner at Pro Football Focus. He'll line up as the starter opposite Jimmy Smith in the Ravens' base defense and cover the slot in sub-packages.
Jul 29 - 10:09 AM

Contract talks are not heating up between Torrey Smith and the Ravens.

Smith's value may be difficult to figure out as he's been more of a play-making deep-threat than true No. 1 receiver, and has yet to go to a Pro Bowl. But he's clearly ascending at 25 years old, hasn't missed a game in three seasons and is set to be new OC Gary Kubiak's Andre Johnson this season. We're expecting Smith to set career-highs in both catches and yards, so agent Drew Rosenhaus could make a savvy gamble by putting off negotiations as long as possible.
Jul 28 - 9:25 AM

Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension.

Rice is clearly in no position to try to get his ban shortened after the NFL let him off with a slap on the wrist. He'll miss Week 1 against the Steelers and Week 2 against the Bengals before getting back with the team on the Monday of Week 3. Bernard Pierce will handle feature back duties in the meantime.
Jul 28 - 8:54 AM

Dennis Pitta said his hip feels 100 percent as training camp opens.

Pitta did return for the final four games of last season, but lacked some agility and explosiveness as he came off a hip dislocation. Now 100 percent and a focal point of Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly offense, Pitta is a solid candidate to lead the Ravens in receptions. He's expected to play a "versatile role" in which he's "routinely" split out wide.
Jul 27 - 9:08 PM

Bernard Pierce revealed that his weight ballooned to 248 pounds following January shoulder surgery.

The good news is Pierce has dropped into the 217-222 range, and recovered fully from the surgery. "I definitely feel lighter and quick," he said Sunday. Pierce just turned 24 in May, and is the favorite to open the season as the Ravens' feature back. He could run away with the job during Ray Rice's two-game ban.
Jul 27 - 6:56 PM

Ravens placed CB Aaron Ross on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon, ending his season.

It's a procedural move after Ross tore his Achilles' on a conditioning test earlier this week. He's done for the year and will struggle to attract interest next offseason as a 32-year-old coming off a major injury. Dominique Franks will compete for Baltimore's No. 5 corner job.
Jul 26 - 6:19 PM

Updating a previous item, Bernard Pierce reported to Ravens training camp at 217 pounds.

Pierce played in the 230 range last season, which he came to regret en route to a plodding 2.86 YPC. His 2012 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot, 218. "I’m very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh insisted. "He's a heck of a player. He’s worked very hard, he’s 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 1:25 PM

Ravens signed suspended S Will Hill, formerly of the Giants.

GM Ozzie Newsome may be getting a steal here. Hill, 24, was one of the better safeties in the league last season, racking up 77 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles as a ten-game starter. However, he was slapped with a six-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. It's his third suspension since entering the league. Hill will be eligible to return in Week 7. He should then push Darian Stewart for the starting free safety job.
Jul 25 - 10:25 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley observed that OLB Courtney Upshaw looked even bigger than he did in the spring when he reported to the team overweight.

Reporting to camp overweight is becoming an annual thing for Upshaw. His normal playing weight is in the 270-275 pound range, and he's likely knocking on the door of 300 at the moment. Upshaw is entering his third season and will be counted on to set the edge as a run defender on early downs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 9:32 AM

Ravens CB Aaron Ross tore his Achilles' tendon during a conditioning test.

He'll be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Ross missed most of last season due to a back injury. Going on 32, he's nearing the end of the line. Ross wasn't a lock to make the Ravens' roster anyway, as he would have fought for a depth job behind Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson.
Jul 24 - 11:44 AM


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