When ravens travel, they normally do so through the air. That's true for both the real birds as well as the NFL team.
Or, at least, that's what Baltimore wanted you to think.
On Saturday — April Fools' Day — the Ravens tweeted a video and story that featured John Harbaugh claiming his team would be sailing to their Week 3 game in London as opposed to flying.
Give credit to the coach, too, as he came across very serious in the mock interview where he details his thought process for taking a boat instead of a plane across the pond.
"We try to be on the cutting edge," Harbaugh told Ravens.com, citing the potential health benefits that sailing would present to his players.
The idea that an NFL team would look for any advantage that may them help win a game isn't a stretch, which makes the story feel real at first. But other outlets confirmed with the Ravens that they were indeed joking, which also became apparent once they started touting the boat with a full-size football field that they were planning to ride.
Besides, if a franchise was actually going to do this, everyone knows it'd be Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.
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According to Ian Rappoport, the Ravens will be without one of their most important players for the 2017-2018 season.
Running back Kenneth Dixon underwent surgery Tuesday for a torn meniscus. Dixon was expected to be out for a few weeks with a "trim", but it turned into a full repair that will require a four-to-five month recovery. The full repair is more beneficial for his long-term health. This is Dixon's third knee injury in 12 months.
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Dixon was set to miss the first four games of the season for violating the leagues PED policy. In 2016, he had 382 rushing yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 12 games.
Upon losing one of their top RB's, the Ravens are planning to bring back Bobby Rainey who was with the team in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He will be an addition to Terrance West and Danny Woodhead who will be the teams' staple running backs. Also up for the job is Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and undrafted rookie Taquan Mizzell.
Dixon is the third Raven to suffer a season-ending injury. Cornerback Tavon Young is out for the season after tearing his ACL and tight end Dennis Pitta was waived after suffering a hip injury.
The NFL announced today that tight end Darren Waller of the Baltimore Ravens would be suspended for a year or longer for his second violation of the substance abuse policy.
Waller was a 2015 sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech who served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for a substance abuse violation. After returning from his suspension last year, he posted 10 catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a limited role.
After his 2016 violation, he was quoted as saying [via Ravens.com]:
“There were other personal issues, and [marijuana] was the one thing I always turned to,” Waller said. “It was just about finding more positive outlets for me to do, like talking to people about it and things like that. I’m definitely at a better place with that now.”
Unfortunately for the Ravens, he will miss the 2017 season and potentially longer after the latest violation. It leaves the Ravens down two tight ends from last year after Dennis Pitta was released earlier this month after re-injuring his hip.
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