by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/12/13) Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil could be sidelined from his second straight game Sunday at Detroit with an ankle injury. He missed another day of practice on Thursday, per the Baltimore Sun.
Ravens DST a borderline play Week 15
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/11/13) The Ravens DST has gone two straight games without a sack entering Monday night's game in Detroit. Baltimore needs defensive end Elvis Dumervil (9 1/2 sacks), who has a chance to return from the ankle injury that sidelined him Week 14.
Baltimore posted double-digit Fantasy points last week thanks to Jacoby Jones' 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. In Week 15, the Ravens face a Lions team that's committed 15 turnovers the past four weeks, giving up double-digit Fantasy points each time. But quarterback Matthew Stafford won't have the same ballhandling problems he faced in snowy Philadelphia.
Even with all those turnovers, Detroit gives up the 11th-fewest Fantasy points (8.9 per game) to opposing DSTs. The Ravens DST averages 7.7 Fantasy points in road games this year. Consider the unit a borderline play Week 15.
Elvis Dumervil has a chance to return Week 15
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who sat out Week 14 with an ankle injury, has a chance to play Week 15 at Detroit. Harbaugh said Dumervil is dealing with a bruise in his ankle.
Lardarius Webb bats away four passes Week 14
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb totaled four pass defenses Week 14 vs. Minnesota, which was his second-highest total this season behind his seven pass defenses Week 10 against the Bengals.
Webb has 19 pass defenses through 13 games and needs just one more to tie his career high. Webb had five solo tackles Sunday and now has 62 tackles through 13 games. He needs just five more tackles to tie a career high.
James Ihedigbo records season-high 12 tackles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Ravens safety James Ihedigbo recorded double-digit tackles for a second straight game, finishing with a season-high 12 tackles (seven solo) during a 29-26 win Week 14 vs. Minnesota. He has 22 tackles (11 solo) in his last two games.
Ihedigbo also had a pass defense and one forced fumble Sunday. Ihedigbo has a career-high 87 tackles (53 solo) and 10 pass defenses through 13 games.
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The turnover on the Ravens defense following the Super Bowl was alarming but the team did a very nice job picking up veteran and rookie talent to fix the holes. The most notable signing is linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who should replace Paul Kruger effectively as a pass rusher. Dumervil had his best career stats as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Broncos. Michael Huff will replace Ed Reed and rookie Matt Elam will replace Bernard Pollard. Arthur Brown should begin his NFL career following in Ray Lewis' foot steps and Chris Canty and Marcus Spears add quality veteran depth to the Ravens' defensive line. Throw in Jacoby Jones returning kicks and punts and suddenly the Ravens DST is back on the map as a legit Fantasy option. It's worth one of your last two picks on Draft Day. Just be warned that they get off to a tough start at Denver in Week 1. (Updated 5/15/13)