More News And Notes

Ravens Close To Locking In Ray Lewis To Long Term Deal

WNST in Baltimore reports that the Baltimore Ravens are very close to resigning Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis to a five year extension. Lewis, whose deal was due to expire at the end of the season, will reportedly receive guaranteed money in the amount of $16 million. As an unnamed team official told Drew Forrester of WNST, on whose show we appear every Friday during the football season:   “Ray’s going to be in Baltimore next year and for a while after that. . .  it’s been discussed and reviewed and nothing has changed in our mind.  Ray is going to be here and he’s going to finish his career in purple.   We know the numbers, financially, and we’re going to make them work.”

Roethlisberger Injury Update

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports preliminary tests done on Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s (shoulder) injured shoulder reveal he has a bruised ac joint and is now expected to be day-to-day. More precautionary tests will be done Tuesday, Nov. 4, but it appears at this point that there is no ligament damage in the shoulder.

Singletary Defends Vernon Davis

Daniel Brown, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said the addition of TE Sean P. Ryan does not affect the status of TE Vernon Davis. “Absolutely not,” Singletary said. “I want you to understand that Vernon is not a bad guy, OK? Vernon is one of my favorite people, one of my favorite players. He’s just misconstrued. I’m very excited about Vernon and I’m excited about the things he can bring to this team. Just understand that what happened on the field, that’s it. That’s all it was. It’s over.

Rams Place Two Wideouts On IR

St. Louis Rams head coach Jim Haslett announced on Monday that wide receivers Drew Bennett and Dante Hall will both be placed on injured reserve soon, ending their seasons. Bennett has yet to recover from breaking a bone in his right foot in the season-opener, and Hall suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s 34-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. “Hall has probably a six-week injury,” said Haslett. “It is a pretty bad injury and we just thought that was the best thing right now.” Hall, the ninth-year receiver and kick returner, has 12 catches for 105 yards this season on offense, and has 37 kick returns for 763 yards, a 20.6 yards- per-return clip. Bennett had just one catch for four yards in the season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the eighth-year receiver has not returned to action since. “Drew is just not healing. Last week he worked and he had pain. This week we thought the best thing was just to shut him down and get him healthy,” said Haslett.