Baltimore Ravens: Brendon Ayanbadejo

By this time next week, we'll know if the Baltimore Ravens started their title defense off with a win or a loss in Denver. But let's not jump too far ahead. There was the preseason finale Thursday night, which the Ravens lost 24-21 in St. Louis. For my thoughts on the game, you can click right here. Let's see if we can find some meaning in the final meaningless game of the summer in the Wake-up caw ...
  • John Eisenberg, of the team's website, predicts the 53-man roster. Spoiler alert: He has seven wide receivers making the team, including Marlon Brown, Tandon Doss and Aaron Mellette. He also has a couple of bubble players who impressed Thursday night, running back Bobby Rainey and safety Omar Brown, surviving the final cuts.
  • Backup linebacker D.J. Bryant suffered a significant left knee injury at the end of the first half, The Baltimore Sun reports. "That looks like a season ender," coach John Harbaugh said. "We’ll know [Friday] after we get the MRI but all indications are there’s substantial ligament damage there, nothing that he can’t come back from. Obviously, he’ll work on that. I’m sure he’ll get surgery and rehab it." Bryant wasn't expected to make the team, but it's still a rough way for a player trying to make his hometown team to end his preseason.
  • Comcast SportsNet asks the question: Did Caleb Hanie change the Ravens' minds on keeping more than two quarterbacks? My answer is no. He was 20-for-39 for 272 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. Hanie also missed Mellette on a couple of throws. Expect the Ravens to keep two quarterbacks (Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor) for a fourth straight year, unless Taylor has complications from a head injury.
  • Former Ravens special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo reflects on the Super Bowl season. You can click here to read his thoughts and see his picture with Michael Phelps, who has officially replaced Poe as the team's mascot.
  • Here are five things that The Baltimore Sun learned from the preseason finale. This is impressive considering it didn't look like there were five people at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Thursday night.

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