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Bernard Pierce Cut by Ravens

Bernard Pierce Cut by Ravens

Scoot Boehm/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens cut running back Bernard Pierce hours after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday.

Pierce was the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, and the Ravens have now cut all three within a day of learning of their off-field incidents.  Pierce failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over near the Baltimore beltway just before 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday and he was arrested, according to Baltimore County police.

Pierce was a third-round pick by the Ravens in 2012, and he has averaged fewer than 4 yards per carry the past two seasons for the team.

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Ngata: Ray Rice would be “Great Addition” To Lions

Ngata: Ray Rice would be “Great Addition” To Lions

National Football League(DETROIT, Mi.) -- Just days after being traded to Detroit, Haloti Ngata has one recommendation to improve the team.

In an interview with WXYT Detroit, Ngata was asked about former Ravens running back Ray Rice and whether he would fit in with Detroit.

"I've never hung out with him off-field, but he's a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him."

Ngata, Rice's former teammate in Baltimore, was traded to the Lions Tuesday for a fourth and fifth-round pick in upcoming NFL draft.

Rice is currently a free agent after winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL.

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Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you can't beat 'em, sign 'em. According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a deal with free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Smith spent the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, where he was also a teammate of current 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Those two helped beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game in 2012.

"I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore," Smith wrote. "I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE. This isn't a goodbye because I will still be around, and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the offseason and when my career is done. I'm on to the next chapter of my life and football career, but I will see you guys later."

In 2014, Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Chargers Sign Jacoby Jones

Chargers Sign Jacoby Jones

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Chargers have signed kick returner Jacoby Jones to a two-year, according to the team.

Jones, 30, was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 25 after he was scheduled to earn $2.5 million for the 2015 season.

The Chargers had a clear need for an impact kick returner as they ranked 28th overall last season with an average return of 22.2 yards. Jones ranked second in the league with 30.6 yards per return.

Jones provided little impact as a receiver last season as he caught a career low nine passes while dropping five. 

The Houston Texans selected Jones in the third round of the 2007 draft, where he spent five seasons.

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Eagles Cut CB Cary Williams

Eagles Cut CB Cary WilliamsScott Boehmn/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles cut cornerback Cary Williams on Tuesday.The 30-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Eagles, playing in all 33 regular season and playoff games for the team.Williams had one year lef...

Ray Rice Apologizes to Ravens Fans

Ray Rice Apologizes to Ravens Fans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice issued an apology to fans in a letter issued to The Baltimore Sun on Friday.

Rice was suspended by the NFL after punching his then-fiancée in an elevator and is trying to find his way back onto an NFL team this season. 

"The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives," Rice said in the letter. "From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you've shown my family and I throughout my football career. We'll always be grateful for the love we've received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl."

"To all the kids who looked up to me, I'm truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it's helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare," the letter continued. "There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people's lives by raising awareness of this issue."

The Sun reported that Rice plans on moving to New York while he waits for the NFL team to come calling.

Rice has played in six NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. During that time he's rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns while also catching 369 balls for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

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Brady Defends Deception Against Ravens

Brady Defends Deception Against Ravens

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- Tom Brady respects Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, but believes the Patriots did nothing wrong in their win over the Ravens in Saturday's AFC Divisional match.

Brady, on his weekly radio appearance on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show, explained that trick plays, deception and misdirection are all part of football.

"Let me say first, I have a lot of respect for him as a coach, and obviously that team is one of the toughest teams we face. It's always a tough match-up," Brady said.

"It was a play that we liked and we thought would work. We had a couple versions of it. It's kind of an alert play for our team, and we made them figure out what to do," Brady continued. "I think that's what it looked like to me. We had to execute it, we had to make the appropriate calls and block it and make the plays, and I was proud of us. That was a good weapon for us. That's part of football. You have to prepare for everything."

The issue lies in the Patriots lining up four offensive linemen and one wide receiver that declares as ineligible. A player that is ineligible cannot cross the line of scrimmage until a pass is thrown or on a running play.  The Patriots did this on three plays.

The Ravens took exception to this because of the difficulty in figuring out whom to cover.  Harbaugh was assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the game when he ran onto the field to alert an official of the issue. 

The NFL ruled that what the Patriots was legal as defined by the rule book.

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Ravens’ Steve Smith Plans to Play Next Season

Ravens’ Steve Smith Plans to Play Next Season

J. Meric/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- After completing his 14th NFL season, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith plans to come back next season. He'll be 36 years old.

In his first season in Baltimore, Smith proved he can still be a number on receiver as he led the team in receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,065). It was the most receiving yards in a single season by a player 35 or older since Rod Smith had 1,105 yards in 2005.

"It was a GREAT season this old man played for you and my teammates," Smith said in post on Instagram. "I've enjoyed every moment and couldn't have asked for a better fan base. Look forward to a better season next year and watch us go WIN IT ALL."

On Saturday, Smith became the 13th player in NFL history with 1,000 career receiving yards in the playoffs.

After 13 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, the team let Smith go despite being the best receiver in team history.

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Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak Will Return Next Season

Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak Will Return Next Season

National Football League(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- Despite the chance to become a head coach once again, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will return next season.

"It is flattering and humbling to be invited to interview for a number of NFL head coaching positions, and I greatly appreciate these opportunities, but I have decided to stay with the Ravens," Kubiak said in a statement released by the team.

Kubiak had spent eight seasons as the head coach of the Houston Texans from 2006-2013, but was fired following a 2-14 season. He came over to Baltimore and led the Ravens to their highest offensive ranking in 17 years.

"This is a special organization and we, like [Head] Coach [John] Harbaugh says, are building something great," Kubiak said. "I want to be a part of that and contribute in whatever ways I can."

The Ravens set a franchise record for points scored in a season (409) in 2014.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/10/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/10/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: New England Patriots 35 - Baltimore Ravens 31

Seattle Seahawks 31 - Carolina Panthers 17

NCAAM: (1) Kentucky 70 (15-0) - Texas A&M 64 (9-5)(F/2OT)

(3) Virginia 62 (15-0) - (13) Notre Dame 56 (15-2)

(18) North Carolina 72 (12-4) - (5) Louisville 71 (14-2)

(6) Gonzaga 79 (16-1) - Santa Clara 57 (7-10)

(8) Villanova 81 (15-1) - DePaul 64 (9-8)

Oklahoma State 69 (12-3) - (10) Texas 58 (12-4)

(11) Maryland 69 (15-2) - Purdue 60 (10-7)

(12) Kansas 86 (13-2) - Texas Tech 54 (10-6)

Kansas State 66 (9-7) - (16) Oklahoma 63 (11-4)

(19) Seton Hall 68 (13-3) - Creighton 67 (9-8)

(20) VCU 89 (13-3) - St. Joseph's 74 (6-8)

(21) Baylor 66 (12-3) - TCU 59 (13-3)

Indiana 69 (12-4) - (22) Ohio State 66 (13-4)

(23) Arkansas 82 (13-2) - Vanderbilt 70 (11-4)

Western Kentucky 72 (10-5) - (25) Old Dominion 65 (13-2)

NHL: Nashville Predators 3 (28-9-4, 60 pts) - Minnesota Wild 1 (18-17-5, 41 pts)

Boston Bruins 3 (22-15-6, 50 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 1 (16-19-7, 39 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (25-10-6, 56 pts)- Montreal Canadiens 1 (26-12-3, 55 pts)

Ottawa Senators 5 (17-16-8, 42 pts) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (16-21-4, 36 pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (22-11-8, 52 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (22-11-9, 53 pts)

New York Islanders 5 (28-13-1, 57 pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (18-19-3, 39 pts)

Calgary Flames 1 (22-18-3, 47 pts) - Vancouver Canucks 0 (23-14-3, 49 pts)

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 110 (15-24) - New York Knicks 82 (5-35)

Los Angeles Clippers 120 (25-12) - Dallas Mavericks 100 (26-12)

Philadelphia 76ers 93 (7-29) - Indiana Pacers 92 (15-24)

Detroit Pistons 98 (13-24) -  Brooklyn Nets 93 (16-21)

Toronto Raptors 109 (25-11) - Boston Celtics 96 (12-23)

 Chicago Bulls 95 (26-12) - Milwaukee Bucks 87 (20-19)

Houston Rockets 97 (26-11) - Utah Jazz 82 (13-25)

San Antonio Spurs 108 (23-15) - Minnesota Timberwolves 93 (5-31) 

Portland Trailblazers 103 (29-8) - Orlando Magic 92 (13-27)

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Joe Flacco: Need a Fast Start Against Patriots

Joe Flacco: Need a Fast Start Against Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens will have the tough task of beating the New England Patriots on the road Saturday in the divisional round.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco stressed the importance of getting off to a fast start.

"It's great when you can score a touchdown and then put another on top of that," Flacco said of quieting the home crowd. "I don't think I'm always thinking about that, but it is pretty cool."

The Ravens have yet to beat the Patriots in the playoffs on the road, but Flacco is looking forward to the opportunity of going up against Tom Brady.

"Tom was playing for who knows how many years before I got in here," Flacco said. "I was in high school, sitting there watching him watching those guys win Super Bowls."

"It's not really about me outdueling Tom or him outdueling me," Flacco continued. "We're not playing against each other. I think these guys on defense present more challenges then they normally do."

This will be the fourth postseason meeting between the two teams. The Patriots are 18-8 in the playoffs since 2000.

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Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- With just over eight minutes to play, Terrell Suggs intercepted a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass. On the next play, Joe Flacco hooked up with Crockett Gillmore for a 21-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach as the Baltimore Ravens go into Heinz Field and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Saturday, in the AFC wild-card playoff game.Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was on point all game, completing 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.Meanwhile, the Ravens defense got after Roethlisberger all game, pressuring him ten times, five of those ending up in sacks.The Ravens sealed the game with under three minutes to go when Roethlisberger threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Darian Stewart.The No. 6 seed Ravens will now make a trip to Foxborough where they'll take on the No. 1 seed New England Patriots at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday with the winner earning a trip to the AFC Championship game.

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Ravens Head of Security Charged with Sex Offense

Ravens Head of Security Charged with Sex Offense

National Football League(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- Baltimore Ravens head of security Darren Sanders was charged Tuesday night with a fourth degree sexual offense, according to law enforcement.

Sanders, a former Baltimore police homicide detective who has been a member of the Ravens organization for more than ten years, is accused of groping a woman and pressing against her inside the stadium after a December game.

ESPN reports that Sanders has been put on paid leave, which is in line with the NFL's personal conduct policy. He also won't travel with the team when they head to Pittsburgh for the team's first playoff game against the Steelers on Saturday.

If convicted, Sanders could face a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. His lawyer denies the claims. A hearing is set for Feb. 9.

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Falcons Hold Off Browns 20-10, Clinch Playoff Berth

Falcons Hold Off Browns 20-10, Clinch Playoff Berth

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years after a 20-10 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Baltimore needed the Chiefs to beat the Chargers for them to get in and Kansas City handed San Diego a 19-7 loss.

Joe Flacco tossed two touchdown passes and threw for 312 yards in the victory.

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Ravens Preparing for ‘Physical’ Game Against Texans

Ravens Preparing for ‘Physical’ Game Against Texans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Ravens enter Sunday's game against the Texans holding onto the final spot in the AFC playoffs.

With the Chiefs and Chargers right behind them, Baltimore understands the importance of getting a win against Houston.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he expects it to be a tough game on the body. "Every time we play Houston, it's always extremely physical," he said Wednesday.  "They're always committed to running the football; they have one of the best backs in football [Arian Foster]."

Baltimore is 4-3 on the road this season and Houston is 3-3 at home.

"We've played down there a good amount," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said.  "It's not going to be a new scene, we've played against most of those guys, how much that really matters, I don't know."

Houston Pro-Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt has recorded seven sacks in the last three games for a season total of 16 1/2, which is third in the league.

When asked what will happen if Watt gets to him on Sunday, Flacco said, "I'm going to pick myself up off the ground. I don't know who hits me; I hope it's not him. I hope it's not any of them."

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Report: Ravens Bring in CB Antoine Cason

Report: Ravens Bring in CB Antoine Cason

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(BALTIMORE) -- The Ravens are bringing in free agent cornerback Antoine Cason to add depth to the secondary, according to the Baltimore Sun. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Ravens have lost five players in the secondary to injury this season, and two others were cut because of poor performance. Cason entered the season as the starting cornerback for the Carolina Panthers. The seven-year NFL veteran was released last week after being benched for the second time this season. He has 58 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games this season. The Ravens rank 15th overall in the NFL on defense. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

 

Ravens Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata Suspended 4 Games by the NFL

Ravens Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata Suspended 4 Games by the NFL

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- The Baltimore Ravens will be without one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL for the rest of the regular season. Haloti Ngata has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Ngata will be eligible to return to the field if the Ravens make the playoffs, but he will lose $2.1 million because of the suspension.

"I made a mistake, and I own this," Ngata said in a statement. "I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this. I am deeply sorry and broken up over this. I let down my family, my teammates, Ravens fans and myself. My hope is that the Ravens make the playoffs, and I believe they can do this. And, then I can come back and help us win."

The 30-year-old Ngata has been with the Ravens for his entire nine-year career and is a five-time Pro Bowler.

Ngata is eligible to return on Monday, Dec. 29.

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Rivers Helps San Diego Stun Baltimore for Victory

Rivers Helps San Diego Stun Baltimore for Victory

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(BALTIMORE, Md.) -- Eddie Royal's one yard touchdown catch with 38 seconds left gave San Diego a 34-33 lead as the Chargers (8-4) stunned the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon. San Diego scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and were able to keep pace with Kansas City and Denver in the AFC West.

The Ravens (7-5) opened up a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter, 30-20, with less than seven minutes to play in regulation. Philip Rivers then marched San Diego 77 yards in just over two minutes, finding Keenan Allen on a 23-yard strike to pull his team within three.

Baltimore added a field goal, one of four by Justin Tucker on the day, to lead by six with 2:22 remaining in the game. Once again, it was Rivers leading the Chargers down the field. With under a minute to go and the ball on the Ravens 24-yard line, Rivers launched a deep ball to the endzone intended for Royal. The pass was incomplete by a pass interference call on Anthony Levine put the ball on the 1-yard line. San Diego then ran a bubble screen to the left where Royal walked into the endzone untouched.

San Diego's defense held on the final possession, not allowing Baltimore to get within field goal range. Rivers finished the day with 383 passing yards and three touchdowns, also throwing one interception. Joe Flacco tossed for 225 yards and a pair of scores while Justin Forsett rushed for 106 yards for the Ravens.

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Rice Wins Appeal, is Reinstated

Rice Wins Appeal, is Reinstated

(NEW YORK) --  Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal of an indefinite suspension from the NFL and has been reinstated into the league.

The 27-year-old Rice is now free to sign with any NFL team.

"I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends and fans -- but most importantly, my wife Janay," Rice said in a statement released by the NFLPA on Friday. "I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions.

"I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes."

Rice received an indefinite suspension from the league on Sept. 8 when it was found he violated the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-fiancée Janay Palmer.

Rice was originally suspended two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the incident. That prompted Rice to appeal the indefinite suspension saying the NFL couldn't suspend him a second time for conduct the league already knew about.

Rice has played in six NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. During that time he's rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns while also catching 369 balls for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

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Forsett Powers Ravens to Win over New Orleans

Forsett Powers Ravens to Win over New Orleans

Scott Boehem/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

It was Forsett's second touchdown of the night that helped the Ravens (7-4) pull away while on the road.

"The offensive line did a great job of making those lanes open for me," Forsett said. "I just tried to seize the moment."

The game took on a competitive mood from the start, before ultimately turning combative late. Baltimore opened the scoring in the first quarter when Joe Flacco and Steve Smith, Sr. connected for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

New Orleans (4-7) countered with a scoring drive of their own, capped off by Drew Brees' 10-yard strike to Jimmy Graham.

After Forsett's first touchdown scamper gave the Ravens another lead, the Saints scored 10 straight points to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.

However, Baltimore received the second half kickoff and promptly tied the game on Justin Tucker's 31-yard field goal. The game then took a turn as Brees was picked off by Will Hill, who returned it 44 yards for a touchdown, allowing the Ravens to regain the lead.

A Shayne Graham field goal got New Orleans within one possession, but Forsett broke a 20-yard run off the left side to make it a 34-20 lead with less than three minutes to play. The Baltimore defense would hold strong, only allowing a last minute touchdown pass from Brees. 

Both teams remained at, or near, the top of their division standings. The Ravens are a half game behind Cincinnati (7-3-1) in the AFC North while New Orleans is tied with the Atlanta Falcons (4-7) in the NFC South.

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