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Ravens Super Bowl practice report

Ravens Super Bowl practice report

CNNSI.com ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Baltimore Ravens starters Dannell Ellerbe and Dennis Pitta practiced Wednesday in heavy winds at Tulane University, looking sharp despite nagging injuries.
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  • Sandy Hook chorus to sing before Super Bowl

    Sandy Hook chorus to sing before Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    The chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School will sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
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  • Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens, 49ers power their way to the Super …

    Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens, 49ers power their way to the Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    Fans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.
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  • Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson earns big raise in 2013

    Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson earns big raise in 2013

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    Over the last few days, "Shutdown Corner" has reported on some of the base salary increases for the 2013 season. In the first report last Saturday, which was updated on Monday, the highest increase belong to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt M…
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  • Steelers to hire Redskins Danny Smith as special teams coach

    Steelers to hire Redskins Danny Smith as special teams coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    The Pittsburgh Steelers have been searching for a new special teams after Amos Jones elected to join Bruce Arians’ staff with the Arizona Cardinals. A day after receiving permission to interview Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith, it ap
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  • Ray Lewis 'agitated' about deer antler spray story

    Ray Lewis 'agitated' about deer antler spray story

    CNNSI.com Jan 30, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance-enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he "never, ever took" the stuff.
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  • With a Smile, Ray Lewis Denies Extract Allegations

    With a Smile, Ray Lewis Denies Extract Allegations

    The Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis denied that had ever taken a deer antler extract that contained a growth hormone banned by the N.F.L.
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  • Chris Culliver makes homophobic remarks during Media Day

    Chris Culliver makes homophobic remarks during Media Day

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    While Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo is using his Super Bowl platform to advocate for same-sex marriage, it appears 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is working in the opposite direction. Culliver made several disparaging remarks when asked about th…
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  • Chat: Talking Weeden, Modell & Keibler

    Chat: Talking Weeden, Modell & Keibler

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    Here are some highlights from Wednesday's chat: Ravenous128 (Columbia, MD): Given the amount of hype and lip service being paid to Colin Kaepernick, what should the Ravens do to slow him down? I suspect they'll have to play a disciplined zone, but since…
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  • Ravens' returner Jones draws 49ers' full attention

    Ravens' returner Jones draws 49ers' full attention

    CNNSI.com Jan 30, 2013
    Ravens' returner Jones draws 49ers' full attention
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  • Caldwell: Some question legitimacy of minority interviews

    Caldwell: Some question legitimacy of minority interviews

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is one of two minority play-callers in the NFL, in a year when none of the available head coaching jobs went to minority candidates. He’s among the many who think the process needs to change, but admitted Wednes
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  • Ravens will be careful with some penalties

    Ravens will be careful with some penalties

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Ravens don't want to turn Super Sunday into flag day, although they have their limits. Baltimore led the NFL with 1,127 penalty yards this season, an average of 70.4 yards per game. Only the Rams (130) committed more penalties this se…
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  • Eagles expected to sign Dennis Dixon after Super Bowl

    Eagles expected to sign Dennis Dixon after Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    Florio speculated just last week that former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon - currently of the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad - could reunite with college coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. There is now substance to support that speculation. Per G
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  • Hue Jackson to slide over to coach RBs in Cincinnati

    Hue Jackson to slide over to coach RBs in Cincinnati

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    The Bengals aren’t going to look long, or far, to replace retired running backs coach Jim Anderson. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hue Jackson will replace him in that position. Jackson was labeled “assistant coach” last year, sa
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  • Niners' offensive success due to line play

    Niners' offensive success due to line play

    CNNSI.com Jan 30, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- It was not difficult to find the members of the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line on the turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, even though thousands of people were there, including peppy guys dressed as…
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  • Ed Reed could 'definitely' play for Pats

    Ed Reed could 'definitely' play for Pats

    NEW ORLEANS -- It appears that Patriots coach Bill Belichick's bromance with Ravens safety Ed Reed is not a one-sided affair. Reed, who has deflected questions about his future this month, couldn't help himself when a Boston Herald reporter asked if he …
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  • Super Bowl live-blog: Chat with Yahoo! during Sunday’s game

    Super Bowl live-blog: Chat with Yahoo! during Sunday’s game

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    Ingredients for a superb live-blog? Try Beyonce, beer commercials, and the biggest game of the year. Now all we need is you, rambunctious Yahoo! readers. Join us Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Tell u…
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  • Jerome Boger leads Super Bowl officiating crew

    Jerome Boger leads Super Bowl officiating crew

    CNNSI.com Jan 30, 2013
    Jerome Boger will referee the Super Bowl for the first time in hos career.
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  • Ted Monachino respects Chip Kelly but has not talked to Eagles

    Ted Monachino respects Chip Kelly but has not talked to Eagles

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino is aware of the reports that he could be the Eagles’ next defensive coordinator, but he says media reports are all he knows about it. “I haven’t been contacted and neither has the club. I’m doing everything I
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  • Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb headline list of potential cash and ca…

    Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb headline list of potential cash and cap casualties

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    This week is all about Super Bowl XLVII. Beginning next week, however, all 32 NFL teams will be focused on 2013 and will be able to begin subtracting players from their 80-man offseason rosters. Some of those changes will be made for disciplinary purpos…
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  • Ed Reed: Junior Seau knew what he was signing up for

    Ed Reed: Junior Seau knew what he was signing up for

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    Ravens safety Ed Reed hasn’t been shy when it comes to expressing his thoughts about the NFL’s attempts to increase player safety. Reed said earlier this season that the only way to stop concussions it to stop playing football and the topic came up ag
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  • AFC North weekly chat: Super Bowl edition

    AFC North weekly chat: Super Bowl edition

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    This week's AFC North chat isn't like any other this season. It's our Super Bowl chat, and I'll be typing from the Ravens hotel in New Orleans. I'm happy to answer any questions on the Bengals, Browns and Steelers. But I presume most will be focusing on…
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  • Homegrown or imported, 49ers deep in talent

    Homegrown or imported, 49ers deep in talent

    CNNSI.com Jan 30, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching sub-plot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almo…
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  • Ravens’ Ed Dickson: 49ers’ defense has a lot of holes we can ex…

    Ravens’ Ed Dickson: 49ers’ defense has a lot of holes we can exploit

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    Ravens tight end Ed Dickson is watching tape of the 49ers, and he likes what he sees. Dickson said at Super Bowl Media Day that watching the 49ers’ defense give up 24 first-half points to the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, the Ravens became confi
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  • Computer’s pick after 50,000 Super Bowl simulations? San Franci…

    Computer’s pick after 50,000 Super Bowl simulations? San Francisco 28, Baltimore 21

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    Now all that's left is the commercials. No need to watch the Super Bowl for the actual game, at least not with PredictionMachine.com having run 50,000 simulations of Sunday's Super Bowl matchup and determining that the San Francisco 49ers will beat the …
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  • Denver mayor pays off bet by doing Ray Lewis’ squirrel dance in…

    Denver mayor pays off bet by doing Ray Lewis’ squirrel dance in his office

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    First of all, mayor bets on football games are stupid. We don't care if Philadelphia's mayor will ship cheese steaks to Green Bay if the Packers win, and Green Bay's mayor will send cheese wheels to Philly if the Eagles win, or whatever lame local cuisi…
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  • Ray Horton says Browns defense doesn’t need personnel overhaul

    Ray Horton says Browns defense doesn’t need personnel overhaul

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    The Browns finally got around to firing defensive coordinator Dick Jauron on Monday, which meant that they could officially introduce defensive coordinator Ray Horton at a press conference on Tuesday. Horton’s had the job for a little while now, so we”
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  • Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker’s wife: ‘People just make mistake…

    Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker’s wife: ‘People just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes’

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    Because we know you were wondering where the Ray Lewis-Wes Welker's wife feud stood, we're happy to report all is forgiven. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker this week said he forgave Anna Burns Welker, the wife of the New England Patriots receiver who ha…
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  • Juan Castillo thinks he’ll work with Reid again one day

    Juan Castillo thinks he’ll work with Reid again one day

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    When Juan Castillo was fired as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator during the season, you could have won some good money betting that he’d be at the Super Bowl as anything other than a spectator. Castillo is there with the Ravens in a consulting role t
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  • Pride of lions: Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis see the best in ea…

    Pride of lions: Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis see the best in each other

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- The best linebackers resemble jungle cats on the field. Fast, strong, and predatory, they assess their prey with incredible instincts and hunt without mercy. Super Bowl XLVII features two such linebackers. One, an old lion whose career is…
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  • Super Bowl XLVII: Wednesday morning links

    Super Bowl XLVII: Wednesday morning links

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    With Tuesday's "Media Day" over and done with, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers can get down to business and focus on preparing for Super Bowl XLVII. Both teams will practice on Wednesday, with the 49ers using the New Orleans Saint…
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  • Bengals assistant Jim Anderson retires after 29 years

    Bengals assistant Jim Anderson retires after 29 years

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    The Bengals play their home games in Paul Brown Stadium, but they’ll no longer have a coach on the staff who was actually interviewed by Paul Brown when he initially got his job in Cincinnati. Running backs coach Jim Anderson announced his retirement on
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  • Newsome talks contracts for Flacco, Reed

    Newsome talks contracts for Flacco, Reed

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- While it may have been stating the obvious, general manager Ozzie Newsome made it known for the first time publicly that quarterback Joe Flacco isn't going anywhere in 2013. The Ravens will either sign Flacco to a long-term deal or they w…
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  • Ticket requests a hassle for Super Bowl players

    Ticket requests a hassle for Super Bowl players

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    Players on the 49ers and Ravens are finding out one of the down sides of playing in the Super Bowl this week: Your friends and relatives assume you have free tickets to give them. In reality, players in the Super Bowl get two free tickets and the opport…
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  • Wake-up: Possible Harbaugh family dinner

    Wake-up: Possible Harbaugh family dinner

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    One of the fun parts of the job is you never know what is going to happen in a given day, especially at the Super Bowl. Take yesterday. I never thought I would be typing "deer-antler extract" on the blog. My guess is I'd better get used to usi…
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  • Beyond ‘The Blind Side,’ Ravens tackle Michael Oher just wants …

    Beyond ‘The Blind Side,’ Ravens tackle Michael Oher just wants to talk about football

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher is a foundation of an offense that led the way in the franchise's first trip to the Super Bowl since the end of the 2000 season, but that's not his claim to fame, of course. Oher is the subje…
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  • Absence of failed drug tests doesn’t exonerate Ray Lewis from I…

    Absence of failed drug tests doesn’t exonerate Ray Lewis from IGF-1 use

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    The obvious response to the allegation that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used a deer-antler extract containing the banned substance IGF-1 is that Ray Lewis has never failed a drug test. “Every test I’ve ever took in the NFL?  There’s never been a qu
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Alex Smith's Future Still Bright 02:54

    NFL32OT: Alex Smith's Future Still Bright

    Jan 30
    Episode 259: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Alex Smith's future. Eric Mangini breaks down how the Ravens can defend against Colin Kaepernick. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would like on their team; Aldon Smith or J.J. Watt.
  • Video - Reiss' P.A.T. 05:31

    Reiss' P.A.T.

    Jan 30
    In this week's edition of P.A.T., Mike Reiss is joined by Field Yates and Mike Rodak as they look ahead to the futures of Aqib Talib and Wes Welker with the Patriots.
  • Video - How to defend the option 01:37

    How to defend the option

    Jan 30
    Heath Evans explains how the Baltimore Ravens will be able to stop the run-option offense against the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Video - Terrell Suggs behind the scenes 03:26

    Terrell Suggs behind the scenes

    Jan 30
    Experience the week leading up to the Super Bowl with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. For more, go to BaltimoreRavens.com.

Sports Columnists

  • Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens, 49ers power their way to the Super Bowl

    Jan 30
    Fans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.
  • Don Banks: Homegrown or imported, 49ers are loaded with blue-chip talent

    Jan 30
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching subplot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almos…
  • Super Bowl XLVII - Ray Lewis, NFL too popular to be tarnished by performan…

    Jan 30
    Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis is far too big of a brand to be damaged by performance-enhancing drug accusations.
  • Jim Trotter: Behind 49ers' offense, a creative genius who's always thinkin…

    Jan 30
    NEW ORLEANS -- When 49ers players and coaches are asked about the ingenuity of offensive coordinator Greg Roman's game plans, the response is always the same. There is a smile, a chuckle or a roll of the eyes, then a virtual shrug of the shoulders that …