Nov 27, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Josh Jones (79) against the Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens sign veteran OT Josh Jones

The Baltimore Ravens signed Josh Jones to boost their offensive line depth on Thursday.

Terms of the deal with the 26-year-old free agent tackle were not disclosed.

Jones was a third-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2020 and has 24 starts in 60 career games.

He played on a one-year deal with the Houston Texans in 2023 and started three of his 13 games.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2023; London, United Kingdom; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) leaves the field after an NFL International Series game against the Baltimore Ravens at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens rush to trumpet addition of RB Derrick Henry

Running back Derrick Henry is set to join Lamar Jackson in the backfield of the Baltimore Ravens.

A two-year, $16 million deal that can be worth up to $20 million, per reports, brings a clear-cut lead back to Baltimore.

Henry, 30, was named to his fourth Pro Bowl in five years after leading the NFL in carries (280) in 17 games last season with the Tennessee Titans.

He rushed for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns — his fifth season of more than 1,000 yards, including 2,027 in 2020 when he was named a first-team All-Pro.

The Ravens had Henry on their radar last season, however their attempts to acquire the two-time rushing champion prior to the trade deadline were unsuccessful.

Henry will join two-time NFL MVP Jackson on a team that led the league with 2,661 yards rushing last season.

The addition of Henry for Baltimore came after Gus Edwards agreed to a reported two-year, $7 million deal with the Los Angeles Chargers. Fellow running back J.K. Dobbins also is a free agent.

Henry rushed for 9,502 yards and 90 touchdowns on the ground in 119 career games (88 starts) with the Titans.

The 2015 Heisman Trophy recipient was selected by Tennessee in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Alabama. Tennessee agreed to a three-year contract with former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard.

–Field Level Media

Jan 28, 2024; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) passes the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half in the AFC Championship football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs shut down Ravens, book Super Bowl return

Travis Kelce caught a touchdown pass, set the NFL postseason record for receptions and the Kansas City Chiefs are off to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five seasons after recording a 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

Patrick Mahomes completed 30 of 39 passes for 241 yards and L’Jarius Sneed and Deon Bush had critical fourth-quarter takeaways for the third-seeded Chiefs.
Isiah Pacheco rushed for a touchdown for Kansas City, which won on the road for the second straight week.

Kelce caught 11 passes for 116 yards to give him 156 career receptions, claiming the all-time receptions mark from legendary Jerry Rice (151). He also matched the Hall of Famer with his eighth career 100-yard receiving game in the playoffs.

The Chiefs face either the San Francisco 49ers or Detroit Lions in Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas. The 49ers and Lions meet Sunday night in the NFC Championship Game.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was 20-of-37 passing for 272 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked four times. Zay Flowers caught five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown but also lost a fumble reaching for the goal line, resulting in a fourth-quarter touchback.

Roquan Smith racked up 16 tackles for Baltimore, which committed three turnovers while Kansas City didn’t commit any. Baltimore was penalized eight times, five for first downs, for 95 yards.

The Ravens moved within 17-10 on Justin Tucker’s 43-yard field goal with 2:34 left.

Any chance of getting the ball back evaporated when Mahomes lobbed a 32-yard completion to Marquez Valdes-Scantling just before the two-minute warning. The Chiefs took a knee three times to run out the clock.

Baltimore was trailing by 10 when it missed a big opportunity as Sneed forced Flowers to fumble at the Kansas City 1-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Chiefs’ Trent McDuffie recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

On the next possession, the Ravens reached the Chiefs’ 25 but Jackson threw into triple coverage toward tight end Isaiah Likely. Bush, in the game for only one previously play as a substitute for injured safety Mike Edwards, intercepted the pass in the end zone with 6:45 left.

Kansas City outgained the Ravens 221-110 while taking a 17-7 halftime lead.

The Chiefs struck first when Mahomes connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kelce with 7:41 left in the first quarter. The touchdown catch was Kelce’s 19th in postseason play, leaving him three short of Rice’s record.

Baltimore knotted the score less than three minutes later when Jackson tossed a 30-yard scoring pass to Flowers. Jackson avoided a sack attempt by Leo Chanel before spotting Flowers behind the Kansas City defense.

The Chiefs took the lead on Pacheco’s 2-yard scoring run with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter. Kansas City traveled in dominating fashion, moving 75 yards on 16 plays in 9:02.

Harrison Butker tacked on a 52-yard field with four seconds left in the half.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws during the  during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson sitting out Saturday vs. Steelers

Lamar Jackson will get an extended break until the AFC divisional round, as the Ravens plan to sit their quarterback for the regular-season finale Saturday against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

Baltimore clinched the top speed in the AFC along with a first-round bye last week, meaning there is nothing to gain in the playoff race by playing the leading contender for NFL MVP. Jackson will sit, and likely have a break of 19 days, with Tyler Huntley taking over against the Steelers.

Baltimore will host a divisional round game Jan. 20 or 21.

In 2019, the Ravens had secured the AFC’s No. 1 seed before the final game of the season and rested Jackson, along with six other starters. It didn’t work out for Baltimore, which was upset by the Tennessee Titans 28-12 in the divisional round. Jackson finished 31 of 59 for 365 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Jackson, 26, has started every game in 2023 but didn’t finish the last two seasons due to a sprained knee in 2022 and an ankle injury the previous season.

In 16 games this season, Jackson has compiled 3,678 passing yards and 24 touchdowns while completing 67.2 percent of his passes and throwing just seven interceptions. He’s also rushed for 821 yards on 148 carries (5.5 yards per carry) and five touchdowns.

During the Ravens’ current six-game winning streak, Jackson has a 109.8 passer rating while throwing 14 TDs and just two interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws from the pocket during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers fighting for playoff spot, face top-seeded Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff bracket, so why play their starters in Week 18?

Coach John Harbaugh and company are pondering that question ahead of Saturday’s season finale against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, whose own playoff dreams will be on the line.

The Ravens (13-3) thrashed the Miami Dolphins 56-19 last Sunday for their sixth straight victory, clinching the AFC North and a first-round playoff bye in the process. Lamar Jackson threw more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions (three) as public support grew for the quarterback to win his second NFL Most Valuable Player award.

Harbaugh said Monday that the Ravens had yet to decide how much — if at all — to play Jackson and other starters in the regular-season finale. The coach said they’d know by Wednesday and would not “keep it a secret.”

One possible factor at play is the age-old “rest vs. rust” debate. When the Ravens secured a first-round bye in 2019, they held out starters against Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale, but after a long gulf between games, they came out flat in a divisional-round loss to Tennessee.

In Harbaugh’s view, there’s no comparison worth drawing.

“I remember the experience and the choices we made (in 2019), but the decisions we made, we made for certain reasons,” Harbaugh said. “We thought they were the right decisions. What impacted how in terms of us not playing our best football that day, it’s really hard to say what the cause and effect was.”

The Steelers (9-7) surely would love to face Baltimore’s backups in Week 18. After staying in the AFC wild-card hunt with Sunday’s 30-23 win at Seattle, they have five paths to earn a playoff berth.

Three of the scenarios require Pittsburgh to win while getting help elsewhere in the conference. Pittsburgh could also get in with a tie, a Jacksonville loss and the Houston-Indianapolis game not ending in a tie. If the Steelers lose, but Jacksonville loses, Denver beats Las Vegas and Houston and Indianapolis don’t tie, Pittsburgh would sneak in, too.

The Steelers will continue to place their hopes on the shoulders of Mason Rudolph, their third starting quarterback this season. In two starts, both Pittsburgh wins, Rudolph has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 564 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Kenny Pickett was inactive against Seattle while recovering from an ankle injury, but he is now healthy and will be Rudolph’s backup Sunday. Pickett refuted a rumor that he refused to dress against Seattle if the starting job wasn’t returned to him.

“One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity,” Pickett said Tuesday. “Mason played well when he got in there. I have a ton of respect for Mason and everything that he’s done and what our team has been doing. My job now that I’m back healthy is to be the backup.”

“There’s never been an awkward air. Those guys are dear friends and always professional,” Rudolph said of his fellow quarterbacks.

Pittsburgh star T.J. Watt is tied for the league lead with 17 sacks. He recorded two sacks and recovered a fumble when the host Steelers defeated the Ravens 17-10 in October.

Pittsburgh has won six of its past seven games against Baltimore dating back to the 2020 season — all seven decided by seven points or fewer.

Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee) and linebacker Elandon Roberts (pectoral) did not participate in Pittsburgh’s walkthrough Tuesday. Running back Najee Harris (knee) — who had season highs of 27 carries, 122 yards and two touchdowns against Seattle — was limited along with guard Isaac Seumalo (shoulder), defensive tackle Cameron Heyward (groin) and safety Trenton Thompson (neck). Pickett was a full participant.

Baltimore’s estimated injury report listed leading receiver Zay Flowers (calf), linebacker Malik Harrison (groin), cornerback Marlon Humphrey (calf) and cornerback Daryl Worley (shoulder/ankle) as non-participants. Star safety Kyle Hamilton (knee) and linebacker Patrick Queen (shoulder) were among seven Ravens listed as limited.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens  quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens: No decision yet on QB Lamar Jackson’s Week 18 status

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday he hasn’t decided whether to sit quarterback Lamar Jackson, the heavy favorite for NFL MVP, against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

The Steelers (9-7) are fighting for postseason berth going into the regular-season finale, while the Ravens (13-3) already have clinched the AFC North title and the top seed in the AFC playoffs, including a first-round bye.

“I have not made a decision on any personnel yet,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got to kind of work through the injury part of it first, and that will take us probably 24 or 48 hours to get a real handle on that. Then we’ll make those decisions. We’re not going to keep it a secret. We’ll let you know what we’re going to do once we start practicing (Wednesday).”

If Jackson does rest, with backup Tyler Huntley the likely starter, he would not play until the Ravens’ next game Jan. 20 or 21. The Ravens faced this scenario at the end of the 2019 regular season and rested seven starters, including Jackson.

Harbaugh is aware of what happened after, as the Tennessee Titans knocked off the top-seeded Ravens in the divisional round, 28-12. Jackson threw the ball a lot, going 31 of 59 for 356 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

“It’s a different team, different circumstances, different everything except for the record was about the same and the bye,” Harbaugh said. “I remember the experience and the choices we made (in 2019), but the decisions we made, we made for certain reasons. We thought they were the right decisions.”

While Baltimore would like to rest some players recovering from injuries, Harbaugh said he doesn’t have the flexibility of a 90-man preseason roster during the regular season, which consists of a 53-man roster.

“It’s not like the preseason when you have a bunch of guys,” Harbaugh said. “The team we put out there is going to do everything we can to win the game, play our best football game of the season and win the game against a very tough opponent.”

Among the Ravens of note, cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey (calf) and Daryl Worley (stinger) and defensive tackle Michael Pierce (stinger) came out of Sunday’s win over the Dolphins. Safety Kyle Hamilton (knee), starting cornerback Brandon Stephens (ankle) and starting right guard Kevin Zeitler (knee/quad) were inactive.

Harbaugh said it’s too early to comment on any of these players’ availability for the postseason.

–Field Level Media