August 6, 2012: Comcast SportsNet's 7-Game NFL Preseason Schedule Kicks Off This Week

August 6, 2012: Comcast SportsNet's 7-Game NFL Preseason Schedule Kicks Off This Week

EXCLUSIVE HD COVERAGEOF REDSKINS AT BUFFALO TO AIR LIVE AT 7 PM; RAVENSAT ATLANTA TOCOMPLETE DOUBLEHEADER AT 11:30 PMCOMPREHENSIVE NEWS, PREGAMEAND POSTGAME COVERAGE TO SURROUND GAMESBethesda, Md. (Aug. 6, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will begin its comprehensive multiplatformcoverage of the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens 2012 NFL preseasonschedules, which is highlighted by seven games and extensive pregame andpostgame shows, by presenting the teams opening games on Thursday, Aug. 9. Thenetwork will surround the two match-ups with a full lineup of news and game-dayprograms, providing more than nine hours of coverage.ComcastSportsNet will provide exclusive HD coverage of Redskins at Buffalo live at 7 p.m., which is expected tofeature the debut of quarterback Robert Griffin III. The award-winning Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live will surround thegame, beginning at 6 p.m. The network will complete its opening-nightdoubleheader with delayed coverage of the Ravens preseason opener at Atlanta at 11:30 p.m.,which will be followed by Ravens PostgameLive. The networks daily news program, GeicoSportsNet Central, is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to provideadditional news and updates.During the 2012NFL preseason, Comcast SportsNet will provide a total of six live Redskins andRavens games, as well as multiple encores of all seven games being televised bythe network. The exclusive HD home of the Redskins preseason, ComcastSportsNet will air live coverage of their entire four-game schedule, whichincludes match-ups at Chicago on Aug. 18 (8p.m.), vs. Indianapolis on Aug. 25 (4 p.m.) andvs. Tampa Bay on Aug. 29 (7:30 p.m.) The networkscoverage of the Ravens also includes live games against Jacksonvilleon Aug. 23 (7:30 p.m.) and at St. Louis on Aug. 30 (8 p.m.) Comcast SportsNets live coverage of Redskins and Ravenspreseason games will feature complete news, pregame and postgame showssurrounding each contest. Redskins Kickoffand Redskins Postgame Live, will air foran hour before and after each Redskins contest. Hosted by Chick Hernandez, the showswill feature analysts Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich, with reporting from RobCarlin and Tarik El-Bashir. RavensPostgame Live will air for a half hour after each Ravens preseason game,with Ravens Kickoff leading into livecoverage of the Ravens final two preseason match-ups.Redskins preseasontelecasts will feature analyst Joe Theismann and sideline reporter AntwaanRandle El. Play-by-play duties will be handled by veteran announcers KennyAlbert (Aug. 9 at Buffalo and Aug. 29 vs. Tampa Bay), KevinHarlan (Aug. 18 at Chicago) and Sam Rosen (Aug. 25 vs. Indianapolis). TheRavens preseason on-air team is comprised of play-by-play announcer GerrySandusky and analysts Qadry Ismail and Stan White.ComcastSportsNets expanded NFL coverage this preseason includes Training Camp Daily, the daily half-hour program that providesup-to-date Redskins and Ravens news and information. The show airs live weekdaysat 6:30 p.m., with multiple encores, through Aug. 24. Extensive NFL coverage isalso featured on the networks full line-up of daily news and entertainmentshows, including Geico SportsNet Central,SportsTalk Live and Redskins Nation. ComcastSportsNet also provides daily coverage of the Redskins and Ravens trainingcamps across its digital media platforms, which are led by CSNwashington.comand CSNbaltimore.com. The networks stable of local reporters supply extensive teamcontent throughout the preseason.Comcast SportsNet 2012 NFL Preseason Coverage:
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Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Nats make the traded they needed

Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Nats make the traded they needed

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On this week's episode of 'Baseball in the District,' Tim Murray and I began by breaking down the Nats' recent trade for lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski, how he will fit in their bullpen and how much they potentially miss Max Schrock, the prospect that they gave up.

We then discussed Katie Ledecky's appearance at Nationals Park and her interview with the media. That got us talking about the most awkward experiences we've ever had with famous people.

Also in this week's episode was talk about Trea Turner's impact this season and whether he is currently the Nats' most complete player. Mixed in is our thoughts about the Beltway Series and why the O's have had the Nats' number.

Feel free to share your opinions with us on Twitter @ChaseHughesCSN and @1TimMurray.

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Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott spotted at marijuana dispensary in Seattle

Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott spotted at marijuana dispensary in Seattle

Football players are expected to scout opponents before a game, but Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott scouted much more than that on the team's strip to Seattle.

The Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason game on Thursday in Seattle and Elliott took in a bit of the local scenary. TMZ reported Thursday that Elliott was seen at a Seattle marijuana dispensary hilariously named "Herban Legends" earlier in the day. Elliott was seen on video and even posed for a picture with a fan. He did not appear to buy any items.

Marijuana is legal in Washington state and it is not unusual for tourists to visit local dispensaries even if they do not intend to buy anything. Marijuana is still banned in the NFL, however, and the Cowboys were not thrilled with Elliott's day trip.

"It's just not good," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "That's a part of just really getting the big picture here."

That's the same Jerry Jones who tirelessly defended Greg Hardy last season.

On the field, Elliott looked great. He received high marks (pun intended) for his performance against the Seahawks, rushing for 48 yards on seven carries. He even ran over safety Kam Chancellor on one play, bouncing off the bruising safety with relative ease.

Now he just has to be a bit more careful for how he spends his time off the field.

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How big is the Ravens' roster bubble?

How big is the Ravens' roster bubble?

With two preseason games left and a little more than a week until the 53-man roster has to be set -- the first cut from 90 to 75 players must be done by Tuesday, with the final cut to 53 by Saturday, Sept. 3 -- the bubble is about to burst for many Ravens.

There has been speculation all camp about players landing on the right side or the wrong side of the roster bubble, but how big, exactly, is that bubble?

The hard truth is it's not very big at all. This isn't the case of 90 people competing for 53 jobs. By our count, 47 spots on the team can be considered locks, which leaves just six open spots. And one of those is at quarterback.

Here's how my colleague Clifton Brown and I view the Ravens roster bubble with two games left, although an injury could send one of these locks to IR and make the bubble just a bit larger.

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QUARTERBACK:

Locks (1): Joe Flacco

Bubble: Ryan Mallett, Josh Johnson

The Ravens will keep just two quarterbacks, but Johnson has done enough to warrant consideration for the job and put Ryan Mallett on the bubble.

RUNNING BACK:

Lock (5): Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Kenneth Dixon, Terrance West, Kyle Juszczyk

Bubble: Lorenzo Taliaferro

With an outstanding camp West moves to the 'lock' category, and Taliaferro could begin the year on the PUP list, which will buy him some time to get healthy. But that doesn't guarantee Taliaferro will play for the Ravens again.

TIGHT END:

Lock (4): Dennis Pitta, Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams

Bubble: Daniel Brown

Pitta is still out with a broken finger but he will be on the active roster, something few expected four months ago. Maxx Williams has also missed time recently, so this group at the moment isn't nearly as deep as once thought. Darren Waller (four games) and Nick Boyle (10 games) will begin the season on the suspended list but could be heard from later in the year.

WIDE RECEIVER:

Lock (6): Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore.

Bubble: Jeremy Butler, Chris Matthews, Keenan Reynolds

This group is deep but also loaded with injury concerns. If healthy, the top six will all make the 53-man roster. Given the injury questions surrounding Perriman, Campanaro, Moore and Smith, it makes sense to keep a seventh receiver, and Butler is well ahead of the other two.

OFFENSIVE LINE:

Locks (7): Rick Wagner, Marshal Yanda, Jeremy Zuttah, John Urschel, Ronnie Stanley, Alex Lewis, Ryan Jensen.

Bubble: Vladimir Ducasse, James Hurst, De'Ondre Wesley

Lewis could be the starter at left guard if Urschel remains sidelined, giving the Ravens an all-rookie look on Joe Flacco's blind side. Jensen had a rough night at Indianapolis but can play anywhere on the line. They love that versatility. The Ravens will likely keep an eighth lineman, and they usually stash a couple of others on the practice squad.

DEFENSIVE LINE:

Locks (5): Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Lawrence Guy, Carl Davis, Brent Urban

Bubble: Willie Henry, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Michael Pierce

Henry earned coach John Harbaugh's ire with a penalty that gave the Colts a chance to attempt a potential game-winning field goal last week, but the Ravens rarely cut draft picks, let alone fourth-rounders. He is pretty close to a lock. The season-ending injury to Bronson Kaufusi opens the door for someone.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER:

Locks (5): Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Za'Darius Smith, Albert McClellan, Matt Judon

Bubble: Chris Carter, Victor Ochi

With Kamalei Correa also playing outside, the Ravens probably keep only the top five.

INSIDE LINEBACKER:

Locks (4): C.J. Mosley, Zach Orr, Kamalei Correa, Anthony Levine

Bubble: Arthur Brown, Patrick Onwuasor

Levine remains one of the Ravens top special teamers and can play safety in a pinch. His move to linebacker spells trouble for Brown.

CORNERBACK:

Locks (4): Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Jerraud Powers, Tavon Young

Bubble: Sheldon Price, Will Davis, Kyle Arrington, Maurice Canady

Rookie sixth-rounder Canady has missed time with an injury but returned to practice this week. Arrington remains out and his spot on the 53-man roster is looking more tenuous by the day. Ozzie Newsome likes to say that "you can never have too many corners," but it remains to be seen how many the Ravens will keep.

SAFETY:

Locks (3): Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Kendrick Lewis

Bubble: Terrence Brooks, Matt Elam

Elam is sidelined by arthroscopic knee surgery, which could open the door for Brooks. Levine's ability to play safety could factor here. Don't rule out the Ravens signing a veteran safety once other teams make cuts; that's when they landed James Ihedigbo a few years ago.

SPECIALISTS:

Locks (3): Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, Morgan Cox

Bubble: None

All have been to the Pro Bowl and all are back. No questions here.

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