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Lewis tells Harbaugh 'nothing to' report

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Lewis tells Harbaugh 'nothing to' report

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ravens coach John Harbaugh says star linebacker Ray Lewis assured him ``there's nothing to'' a magazine report linking him to a company that makes deer-antler spray containing a banned performance enhancer.

Harbaugh said Wednesday morning he spoke with Lewis. The coach said Lewis ``knows there is nothing to it. He understands it's something he's never been involved in.''

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported that Lewis sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis missed 10 games with the injury.

``He laughed about it,'' Harbaugh said, referring to Lewis. ``He told me there's nothing to it. He's told us in the past and now that he has never taken any of it.''

Baltimore plays the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday in the final game of Lewis' career.

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Ravens' Breshad Perriman eager to play Thursday, though decision up to coaches

Ravens' Breshad Perriman eager to play Thursday, though decision up to coaches

OWINGS MILLS – Wide receiver Breshad Perriman is eager to make his Ravens debut Thursday night against the Saints, saying he is fine physically, and not thinking about his knees during practice.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been coy about his plans for preseason playing time, but Harbaugh said Monday that he hoped Perriman would play.

After more than a year of dealing with knee injuries, Perriman is understandably pumped to see action.

“Very exciting,” said Perriman, after doing extra work after practice Tuesday. “I’ve been waiting for a long time. It’s finally coming.

“It’s up the coaches. I’m ready to go.”

Perriman was the Ravens first-round pick in 2015 (25th overall), but missed his entire rookie season with a partially-torn PCL in his right knee. Then Perriman suffered a partially torn ACL in his left knee in May, which kept him out of action until Aug. 18, when he was activated off the PUP list.

Perriman’s combination of size (6-foot-2, 218 pounds) and sprinter’s speed could make the Ravens a different-looking offensive team if he can stay healthy. In his final college season at Central Florida, Perriman averaged 20.9 yards per catch, had 1,044 yards receiving, and had nine touchdown catches.

The immediate plan is for Perriman to finally take the field Thursday, shed some rust, take a few hits, and gain more confidence heading into Week 1. Returning to practice has already given Perriman a better feel for working with starting quarterback Joe Flacco.

“Me and Joe getting the chemistry back,” Perriman said. “It’s real good.”

Perriman hopes his serious injuries are a thing of the past. And why he hasn’t been able to play, Perriman setbacks have made him a stronger person.

“When you go through all the stuff that I’ve been through, this year, and last year, it definitely makes you stronger mentally,” said Perriman. “You just can’t let things break you.”

MORE RAVENS: Ravens trim roster to 75, send RB to reserve PUP

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Lorenzo Taliaferro goes to reserve PUP as Ravens trim roster to 75

Lorenzo Taliaferro goes to reserve PUP as Ravens trim roster to 75

OWINGS MILLS – Third-year running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was placed on the reserve PUP list, backup kicker Wil Lutz was waived, and offensive lineman Stephane Nembot and rookie defensive end Bronson Kaufusi were both placed on the injured list, the Ravens announced Tuesday.

Those four moves brought the Ravens down the 75-player active player limit by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Taliaferro has not practiced during training camp, still recovering from a knee injury. Moving Taliaferro to the regular season PUP list means he will not be eligible to play until at least Week 7.

The Ravens have four other running backs on the 53-man roster – Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon, although Dixon will be out four to six weeks with a knee injury.

Putting Taliaferro on PUP gives him more time to recover, and more time for the Ravens to decide if he will have a future role with them.

Kaufusi broke his ankle during training camp, while Nembot’s injury has not been disclosed.

Lutz looked good as a kicker, but the Ravens have one of the league’s best in Justin Tucker, and Tucker recently signed a new contract. Perhaps Lutz will get an opportunity elsewhere.

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Lutz, Nembot expected to be among four roster cuts Tuesday

Lutz, Nembot expected to be among four roster cuts Tuesday

OWINGS MILLS – Backup kicker Wil Lutz and offensive lineman Stephane Nembot are likely two of the four roster moves the Ravens will make to reach the 75-player limit by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Neither Lutz nor Nembot were at practice Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Ravens continued to deal with injuries as they prepared for Thursday’s preseason finale against the Saints in New Orleans. Left guard John Urschel was not at practice, along with running backs Kenneth Dixon and Lorenzo Taliaferro, tight ends Dennis Pitta and Maxx Williams, defensive backs Kendrick Lewis, Shareece Wright, and Jerraud Powers, linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Za’Darius Smith, and defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Wright and Dumervil were new absences.

The Ravens hope to have Pitta (fractured finger) and Maxx Williams (undisclosed injury) back at practice next week, as they prepare for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the Bills. The Ravens lost tight end Ben Watson to a season-ending Achilles injury on Saturday, and backup tight ends Darren Waller and Nick Boyle will both begin the regular season on the suspended list.

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