Ravens HC John Harbaugh weighs in on injury situation with Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh weighed in on the injury situation with Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

The Baltimore Ravens faced off against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 of the 2022 season, losing 42-38 in a game where Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 469 and six touchdowns in a 21-point comeback effort. While Tagovailoa then led the Dolphins to a Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills, there was controversy over how the team handled the quarterback after he seemingly suffered a concussion. The team cleared him and allowed him to return to the game, and in Week 4 Tagovailoa suffered a concussion on a scary looking play.

Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh was asked about the situation with Tagovailoa on Friday following practice. He expressed his shock with what happened, and also shared his appreciation for the Ravens’ organization, including the doctors, owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Eric DeCosta.

“Right, thanks for asking that. I just, like probably most people, I couldn’t believe what I saw last night; I couldn’t believe what I saw last Sunday. It was just something that was astonishing to see. I’ve been coaching for 40 years now in college and the NFL – almost 40, not quite – and I’ve never seen anything like it before. It just was really something that I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. So, I really appreciate our doctors, I appreciate our owner, I appreciate our general manager from the standpoint that there’s two things that you have to keep in mind; one of them is the player’s … A lot of times, players want to play. They want to go out there, and they want to play, and sometimes you just have to tell them, ‘No.’ You have to say, ‘No.’ No has to be the answer, and I appreciate that. We had Devin Duvernay a couple weeks ago with his situation, and he didn’t really have much in terms of symptoms and stuff like that, but he was out. He was out for the game, and he was out for most of the week. He never had a symptom, and he didn’t practice the whole week until Friday, I think, when he was finally cleared. I think that’s the approach you take. Sometimes, guys might be there physically where they’re sound, but they’re not confident yet. They’re not quite there yet, and we’ve had this year. So, we’ve had both those situations this year. You don’t put them out there until they’re ready, until they’re ready in their minds. The game is too hard, the game is too tough for a player not to go out there who’s confident in his own ability to protect himself and play well. So, I just appreciate our docs, I think they would probably call themselves conservative, but that’s what they should be. The other part of it, that last night, was not something you want to see.”

UNC QB Drake Maye left off USA TODAY Sports’ Top 10 QB rankings

UNC football quarterback Drake Maye was snubbed on the list of top quarterbacks by the USA TODAY.

Drake Maye has had a big year for the North Carolina Tar Heels, leading the offense as they are 3-1 through four games. That lone loss came last Saturday at home to Notre Dame, in a game where UNC’s defense let them down again.

Maye won the starting job this offseason and has thrown for 16 touchdowns and just 1 interception so far.

That was good enough for him to make the CBS Sports list of top quarterbacks this season, however, he was not listed in Paul Myerberg’s updated rankings.

Instead, it was just Sam Hartman as the lone ACC quarterback on the list, joining C.J. Stroud (Ohio State), Bryce Young (Alabama) Hendon Hooker (Tennessee) , Caleb Williams (Southern California), Stetson Bennett (Georgia), Sam Hartman (Wake Forest), Jalon Daniels (Kansas), Michael Penix Jr. (Washington), J.J. McCarthy (Michigan) and Todd Centeio (James Madison).

That’s a little disappointing, seeing that Maye has been among the top quarterbacks so far this season. All there is left for Maye to do is continue to play better and force Myerberg’s hand to include him in the list eventually.

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Arch Manning tops uncles Peyton and Eli for Isidore Newman all-time passing records

Move over, Peyton and Eli. Newman has a new Manning atop the passing hierarchy.

Only one Manning holds the all-time touchdowns and passing yards records at Isidore Newman (La.) — and that distinction now belongs to Texas commit Arch.

The Greenies’ 5-star playcaller came into Friday night’s game against Pearl River (La.) on the legendary heels of his uncles, nearing the 7,268 career passing yards mark held by Eli while needing one touchdown pass to break the tie with Peyton (93).

And while the buildup to such a monumental achievement would probably make for a two-thumbs-up, feature-length film, Arch had other plans against the Rebels, taking care of the one record-setting milestone before the second quarter.

Newman went up 24-0 at that point and eventually headed into halftime with a commanding 38-7 lead. And when the scoreboard ticked down to zero in the fourth quarter, the Greenies found themselves with a solid 52-22 victory — a nice bounce-back win from last week’s loss to Many (La.).

And of course, Arch had his spot atop the Newman quarterback hierarchy, finishing the night with 356 yards passing, which topped Eli’s record.


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Bleacher Report says this Ravens rookie has earned more playing time during 2022 season

Bleacher Report says this Ravens rookie has earned more playing time during the 2022 season

The Baltimore Ravens had a phenomenal 11-player draft class that has already made an impact during the 2022 season through three weeks. They’ve seen offensive, defensive and special teams players come through when they’re needed, which has been a very encouraging sign.

When listing out rookies from the 2022 class that have earned more playing time during the season, Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report named Baltimore safety Kyle Hamilton as one of his choices. When explaining his reasoning, Ballentine talked about the rookie’s recent good play, including a punch-out on New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

“Hamilton has started to show why he was so highly ranked coming out of Notre Dame. He’s PFF’s seventh-highest-graded safety in the league which includes a coverage grade over 90 against the Patriots in Week 3…He also forced his first turnover, punching the ball out of Nelson Agholor’s hands…Hamilton has showcased the range and play-making ability that made him a first-round pick. Now it’s time for the Ravens to reward that with more runs.”

Ravens release final injury report for Week 4 matchup vs. Bills

The Ravens released their final injury report on the week ahead of a Week 4 matchup with the Bills

The Baltimore Ravens tour of playing AFC East opponents will come to an end on Sunday when the team welcomes the Buffalo Bills into M&T Bank Stadium in Week 4. Both teams will look to improve on their current 2-1 overall record and continue their strong starts to the 2022 season.

The Ravens released their final injury report on Friday for Week 4, with the report featuring six players. Two are listed as doubtful, one is questionable, while three don’t have a status heading into the game.

Headlining the list is offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) who is listed as questionable. Stanley practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday, but wasn’t able to suit up for Friday’s session. If Stanley is able to play, it would be his first game since Baltimore’s 2021 season opener with the Las Vegas Raiders. Players who didn’t have a game status and are expected to play are running back J.K. Dobbins (chest), cornerback Marcus Peters (knee) and wide receiver James Proche II (groin).

Players who are listed as doubtful in Week 4 are outside linebacker Justin Houston (groin) and offensive lineman Patrick Mekari (ankle). Both players were injured in Week 3 against the New England Patriots.

BadgersWire Staff Predictions: Wisconsin vs. Illinois

The Badgers take on the Illini on Saturday morning

Big Ten West play is finally here, and the Badgers need a reset arguably more than any team in the conference.

It has been a tough few weeks for Wisconsin, but it can all be forgotten with a strong showing in the Big Ten West. That starts on Saturday when Illinois visits Camp Randall.

The Illini are 3-0 out of Big Ten play and 0-1 in the conference, as they dropped their Big Ten opener to Indiana in a close battle.

Can Wisconsin bounce back in a needed way? Here is what our BadgersWire staff thinks about the Week 5 matchup against Illinois:

Kobe Bryant’s top 100 games: No. 3

In Game 1 of the 2001 WCF versus the Spurs, Kobe Bryant made it painfully clear that he was the NBA’s newest megastar.

After he had a very strong showing in the 2001 Western Conference semifinals versus the Sacramento Kings, many around the league were buzzing about Kobe Bryant.

But he was just getting started.

His Los Angeles Lakers faced the San Antonio Spurs, who had the league’s best record that year, in the Western Conference finals. Most expected it to be a very hard-fought, low-scoring series that would go the limit.

But Bryant started making sure in Game 1 that it would be as one-sided as a Texas twister.

He gradually heated up in the first half; he had 17 points at halftime. But the third quarter was a gut punch for the Spurs.

Bryant put up 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting in that period as he continually penetrated to the basket. Despite the presence of Tim Duncan and David Robinson in the paint, the 22-year-old superstar kept getting easy layups and dunks, and San Antonio couldn’t do anything about it.

The Lakers won, 104-90, and Bryant finished with 45 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

After the game, Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant’s supposed enemy, showered him with high praise, saying the guard was his “idol” and that he was “the best player in the league.”

By now, any doubt that what O’Neal said was true was quickly fading.

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Ravens HC John Harbaugh announces status of DL Michael Pierce

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced the status of DL Michael Pierce following biceps surgery

The Baltimore Ravens signed defensive tackle Michael Pierce during the 2022 offseason. Pierce wanted to come back and play in Baltimore, reuniting after spending his first four years with the team. The signing of Pierce was paying off in a big way, but he suffered an injury in Week 3 that will keep him out for a long time.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talked to the media after Friday’s practice before the team’s matchup with the Buffalo Bills, and was asked about Pierce’s status after he apparently had surgery for a torn bicep. Harbaugh confirmed the surgery, and said that the defensive tackle would miss the remainder of the season.


“He did, he had surgery to have his bicep repaired and that ends up being a season ending injury.”

In 2022, Pierce had a total of six tackles with a forced fumble.  He didn’t get to play long in the Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots. Pierce still has two years remaining on his contract, so he’ll hope to rehab and make an impact during the 2023 season.

5-Star DL David Hicks’ commitment signals that the Aggies aren’t done yet

5-Star DL David Hicks’ commitment signals that the Aggies aren’t done yet

The Aggies 2023 recruiting class received some beyond fantastic news on Wednesday, as the top-ranked defensive lineman in the class, David Hicks out of Katy, Texas committed to Texas A&M, beating out the Oklahoma Sooners who were the presumed favorites according to multiple recruiting outlets going into his announcement.

Hicks’ commitment comes almost exactly two months after Top-20 ranked linebacker Anthony hill pledged his commitment to the maroon and white on July 30th, and through various social media posts, Hill, and a number of current 2023 Aggie commits are pledging to do whatever they can to help the class continue to grow, and maybe, just maybe, flip a couple of well-known recruits in the process. Take this beautiful tweet from recruiting insider AggiesToday as a sign:

Three names to keep an eye on: Notre Dame commit, safety Peyton Bowen, Alabama commit, safety Tony Mitchell, and Texas commit, safety Malik Muhammad, as both Bowen and Mitchell unofficially visited the Aggies on Sept. 17th during the Miami game, both witnessing a dominating defensive performance in a 17-9 victory. Malik Muhammad will officially visit College Station on Oct. 29th to attend the Aggies matchup vs. Ole Miss in their return to Kyle Field.

The lesson here for those who were upset about the “slow” recruiting process in the last couple months is that patience is the only path, and winning on the field does help more than you know. Gig ’em, and BTHO Mississippi State and the 2023 recruiting class.

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College football Week 5 best bets

College football Week 5 @tipico best bets

If you’re looking to do some last-minute betting research, you’re in luck! We are diving into our favorite picks against the spread for this week, but if you are looking for more information or to place a bet check out Tipico Sportsbook.

Last week we were horrible at 3-5 and that brought our season total down to 21-18, which makes our winning percentage too small at 53%. The goal for the season is 55%. We are already off to a rough start as I watch BYU struggle with Utah State, but I’ll try to rip off some big wins for us on the Saturday slate.