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Ravens S Reed wins appeal, avoids suspension

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Ravens S Reed wins appeal, avoids suspension

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed avoided a one-game suspension for late hits after an appeal. He instead will be fined $50,000.

Reed was suspended for one game without pay on Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks for his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players. The third violation occurred in Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh: Reed's hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Reed appealed the ruling in phone session Tuesday morning with NFL hearing officer Ted Cottrell. The NFL Players Association represented Reed, who also participated.

Hours later, Cottrell reduced the penalty.

In a letter to Reed, Cottrell wrote: ``I have determined that your actions were egregious and warrant significant discipline. However, I do not believe that your actions were so egregious as to subject you to a one-game suspension without pay. Player safety is the league's primary concern in the formation of playing rules and all players are expected to adhere to those rules or face disciplinary action. I hope in the future you will focus on ensuring that your play conforms to the rules.''

Reed will be in uniform for Sunday's game in San Diego.

``The league has an appeal process to review situations like this, and Ed had his opportunity to answer questions about his play,'' Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. ``I think John (Harbaugh) and his coaches do an excellent job of teaching the right, safe and legal way to play football, and we believe Ed clearly tries to play within the rules on every down.''

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Preview and prediction for Week 3: Ravens at Jaguars

Preview and prediction for Week 3: Ravens at Jaguars

What: Ravens (2-0) at Jaguars (0-2)

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville

Five questions you should ask:

1. Can the Ravens get their rushing attack going?

Jacksonville ranks 25th in run defense, and Melvin Gordon of the Chargers ran for 102 yards against the Jaguars last week. If Justin Forsett and Terrance West can’t combine for at least 100 yards, it will raise more concerns about the state of the Ravens’ running game.

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2. Can the Ravens’ secondary control Jaguars receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson?

Both Hurns and Robinson caught a touchdown pass last year in Baltimore, when the Jaguars beat the Ravens. Expect Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to test Ravens’ corners Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright, looking to strike with some big plays.

3. Will Jaguars running back Chris Ivory be a problem for the Ravens?

After missing the first two games with an undisclosed illness, Ivory is expected back against the Ravens. A 1,000-yard rusher with the Jets last season, Ivory is a physical runner who the Ravens will have to gang tackle.

4. Will the Ravens’ offense have another sluggish start?

The Ravens don’t have a first quarter touchdown yet this season. It hasn’t stopped them from going 2-0, but another slow start, especially on the road, could lead to a deficit from which they don’t escape. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and quarterback Joe Flacco both want to see the offense start faster.

5. Do the Ravens keep banking wins in September, before the schedule gets tougher?

The Ravens haven’t been 3-0 since 2009. No matter how favorable the schedule has been, there’s nothing wrong with stacking wins early. The Jaguars figure to be desperate, and road wins in the NFL are rarely easy. The Ravens may need their best game so far to leave Jacksonville with a win.

Prediction

The Jaguars are more desperate, but I think the Ravens are the better team. I see Justin Tucker winning a close game with a late field goal.

Ravens 23, Jaguars 20 

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Ravens Week 3 Injury Report: Dumervil questionable, did not practice Friday

Ravens Week 3 Injury Report: Dumervil questionable, did not practice Friday

Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil did not practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Jacksonville.

Dumervil missed much of training camp and the first two games after recovering from offseason foot surgery, but he returned to practice on a limited basis earlier this week.  

On the Ravens' official injury report for the game, rookie running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) is out. In addition to Dumervil, guard John Urschel (shoulder) and tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) are questionable.

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Stanley, though, was a full participant in practice Thursday and Friday and he said earlier this week that he intends to play on Sunday. Urschel practiced fully all week but has been inactive in both games thus far.

Dumervil said earlier this week that he hoped to play Sunday.

Before this season, Dumervil had missed just one game in three seasons with the Ravens. The Ravens have struggled to get pressure off the edge in the first two games. Four of the team's five sacks through two games have been recorded by defensive linemen.

One notable absence at Friday's light walk-through practice was starting center Jeremy Zuttah. Coach John Harbaugh did not elaborate on his absence except to say it was not injury-related. Zuttah has struggled at times this year, and Urschel or Ryan Jensen could be options to play center.

Dixon, who suffered a knee injury in the third preseason game, has not returned to practice but was seen running sprints on a far field on Friday. Earlier this week, coach John Harbaugh said Dixon "seems to be on schedule" to return, without giving a specific timeframe.

For Jacksonville, starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum has been declared out with a concussion, as has backup tight end Ben Koyack (knee). Five Jaguars are listed as questionable: cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring), safety Tashaun Gipson (hamstring), running back Chris Ivory (general medical),  center Brandon Linder (knee) and defensive end Jared Odrick (tricep).

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