Ravens Fantasy News

Steve Smith not 'officially' ruled out

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:26pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens coach John Harbaugh clarified that he didn’t officially rule wide receiver Steve L Smith out with his the microfractures in his back suffered on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In a sideline interview while supporting his brother, Jim, and his Michigan team against the University of Maryland on Saturday, Harbaugh told CSN Mid-Atlantic that “they’ve ruled him out for the Cleveland game."

Harbaugh said Monday “nothing’s really changed since then.

“He’s week-to-week,” Harbaugh said. “There’s no official ruling. I saw a place that said I officially ruled him out. I don’t think I’m able to do that, to be honest with you. That has to be on the injury report. But he had a tough injury. Steve’s a tough guy, so he’ll be back as soon as he can.”

When asked a follow-up question about that prognosis he gave Saturday, Harbaugh clarified:

“The injury report rules people out,” he said. “That’s how it works. There’s a process to that. We’ll just follow the process on that. I’ve got my own thoughts on it, as I stated, but I’m just telling you there’s a process to it, as far as the official process.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like Smith is out, but Harbaugh probably wasn't supposed to make such an announcement without using the injury report. We'll continue to monitor but all signs points to Smith not being able to play in Week 5

Martavis Bryant returns from suspension

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:20pm

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

Martavis Bryant rejoined his teammates Friday after serving his four-game drug suspension, and it’s not a moment too soon for the Steelers, whose anemic passing game was one of the many reasons they fell to the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night, 23-20, in overtime at Heinz Field.

New quarterback Mike Vick, subbing for injured Ben Roethlisberger, threw for just 124 yards, the fewest in a game for the Steelers since September 19, 2010, when they managed just 21 in a 19-11 victory in Tennessee. Backups Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon played quarterback for the Steelers that game while Roethlisberger was serving a four-game suspension.

Bryant, who had 26 receptions for 549 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie in 2014, should help Vick immensely. The Ravens double-teamed All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown and held him to five receptions for 42 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Vick and Bryant didn’t play together much in the preseason, but when they did it was spectacular, the story claims. In Vick’s first game with the Steelers against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth preseason game, his first pass was a 63-yarder to Bryant. Later in the drive, Bryant drew a pass-interference penalty in the end zone that set up a touchdown. In one half, Bryant finished with three receptions from Vick for 138 yards. The hope is Bryant's presence could also prevent double teams on Brown. Overall, Bryant's return should mean good news for the Steelers offense.

Steve Smith already ruled out for Week 5

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve L Smith has been ruled out for next Sunday's game against the against the Cleveland Browns, coach John Harbaugh told Comcast SportsNet on Saturday.

This is a major loss for the last-place Ravens (1-3), who are looking to build momentum after winning their first game of the season.

Smith has "some small micro fractures in his back," according to Harbaugh. There is hope that Smith will play after the Browns game, Harbaugh said.

"I think he's going to be OK in the long run," said Harbaugh, who was interviewed at the Michigan-Maryland game where his brother Jim was coaching.

The Ravens can't afford to lose Smith for an extended period because he's their only consistent playmaker on offense. Smith is Baltimore's leading receiver with 29 catches for 373 yards and two touchdowns. The other Ravens receivers have totaled 25 receptions for 292 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith was called week to week earlier Saturday but has now been already ruled out for Week 5. His prognosis seemed a lot more positive earlier Sunday but is trending down. It's good news the team thinks he may be able to play beyond Week 5 but his situation is going to have to be monitored.

Steve Smith officially week-to-week

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 4:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Baltimore Ravens, amid speculation about Steve L Smith's back injury, issued a statement Saturday saying the veteran wide receiver is "week to week."

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Ravens are unsure about Smith's availability for the team's next game against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 11.

"He's going to be fine," the source said. "Just a little ginger."

Smith was speared in his lower back by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons late in the third quarter of the Ravens' 23-20 overtime win in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. He did not return to the game, and the Ravens announced the injury as a lower back contusion.

"He does have a back injury," Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said in a statement Saturday. "It is not a surgical issue. His status is currently week to week."

Fantasy Impact:

We likely won't know more about Smith's back and his status for Week 5 until later next week. The Ravens host Cleveland in an early game.

Steelers cut Josh Scobee, sign Chris Boswell

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 4:23pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Josh Scobee's miserable fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens cost him his job.

The Steelers cut the veteran kicker on Saturday, less than 48 hours after a pair of late missed field goals by Scobee helped the Ravens rally for a 23-20 overtime victory.

Pittsburgh replaced Scobee on the roster with Chris Boswell, who has spent time with the Houston Texans and New York Giants but has never kicked in a regular season game.

The Steelers acquired Scobee from Jacksonville on Aug. 31 in exchange for a sixth pick in the 2016 draft following injuries to Shaun Suisham and Garrett Hartley in the preseason. Scobee, the leading scorer in Jacksonville history, made just 6 of 10 field goals and also missed an extra point.

Fantasy Impact:

Like all those before him, Boswell should have fantasy value given the talent on the Pittsburgh offense and its ability to move the ball. Of course, the offense takes a bit of a hit with Michael Vick at QB, but Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return which will given everyone a boost. Boswell is at least worth considering if you're in need at the position.

Report: Steve Smith has 4 broken bones in back

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 11:13am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

There’s a reason the Ravens traded for receiving depth, and there was a reason Steve L Smith was so angry the other night.

According to Chick Hernandez of CSN Mid Atlantic, the veteran wide receiver has four broken bones in his back.

Fantasy Impact:

The team is actually considering Smith day-to-day, so the exact nature of the injury is obviously not known and owners should hold tight until we do know more. Without Smith, and Breshad Perriman's status up in the air, the Ravens are in trouble at the position and perhaps on offense as a whole. The Raven traded for Rams Chris Givens to partly fill the need. Michael Campanaro was also placed on injured reserve today. That leaves Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and Darren Waller as the rest of the team's WRs. The Ravens may have to turn more to the run with Justin Forsett and even Lorenzo Taliaferro. Forsett may become more of a weapon in the passing game than he has been so far this season.

Ravens trade for Chris Givens

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:06am

Turf Show Times - [Full Article]

The Rams have reportedly traded WR Chris Givens to the Baltimore Ravens on the back of the news that WR Brian Quick is set to make his 2015 debut after three weeks among the inactives and the addition of an extra WR on the practice squad in recently signed Nick Toon.

With Givens the seeming impediment ahead of Quick on the depth chart, who knows what has gone down inside the front office in dealing with the wide receivers over the last month.

Givens was a fourth-round selection for the Rams in the RGII trade-boosted 2012 NFL Draft who was in his contract year with free agency looming in the 2016 offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens need WR help with the news Breshad Perriman is considered out indefinitely. Givens will challenge Marlon Brown and Kamar Aiken for playing time. Michael Campanaro, who had a TD on Thursday night, was placed on IR.

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:06pm

Ravens Inactives
Christo Bilukidi DE
Chris Canty DE
Crockett Gillmore TE
Rashaan Melvin CB
Eugene Monroe T
Breshad Perriman WR
Tray Walker CB

Fantasy Impact:

Maxx Williams should see starter's snaps and a decent amount of targets with Gillmore sidelined. The Ravens are in desperate need of playmakers in the passing game so Williams is a Sneaky Start.

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman 'out indefinitely' after PCL scope

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 2:56pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman reinjured his PCL pregame on Sunday, source said. Dr. Andrews did the arthroscopic surgery. Out indefinitely.

Fantasy Impact:

Perriman was close to a return after re-injuring the knee in warm-ups in Week 4. He's droppable at this point.

TNF Injury Report: Ravens vs. Steelers

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5:59pm

NFL Media

Baltimore Ravens

DE Chris Canty (calf), TE Crockett Gillmore (calf), T Eugene Monroe (concussion), WR Breshad Perriman (knee)

Pittsburgh Steelers

DT Daniel McCullers (knee), QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (shoulder), TE Matt Spaeth (hand)

CB Cortez Allen (knee)

LB James Harrison (thumb), C Cody Wallace (illness)

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens will be without Crockett Gillmore, so Maxx Williams is a Sneaky Start against the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger and Breshad Perriman are out, as expected.

Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm

Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3. Taliaferro got more touches than expected in Week 2, and if he’s active on Sunday then he’s worthy of a desperation start for those owners with issues at running back.

Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3. Green should be fine to face the Ravens. Throughout his career he has been a stud at home, but he’s even better on the road.

Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee, out) took limited practice reps again Friday and is out for Week 3. He’s expected to return in October, but the return to practice is a good sign. The Ravens desperately need help at receiver and he’s a player who could contribute in the second half of the season.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm

Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Taliaferro got more touches than expected in Week 2, though he isn’t looking good for Week 3.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Green should be fine to face the Ravens. Throughout his career he has been a stud at home, but he’s even better on the road.

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