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Morning Headlines: Ravens Down Browns, & Big-Name Runningbacks Ready to Play Sunday


September 27, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback

Joe Flacco

(5) spikes the ball to celebrate his rushing touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at M

Know one expected the Cleveland Browns to walk into Baltimore and defeat the Ravens on Thursday night football, given that they’d won 8-straight against the 0-3 Browns, but rookie RB Trent Richardson totaled 104 yards and a score while QB BranDon Weedon threw for 320 yards, but the Ravens were able to hold off a late rally as Weedon’s final pass of the game sailed out of the endzone, and Baltimore won a tightly contested, 23-16 contest. Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 28/46 passes for 356 yards and one TD while rushing for another score to carry the Ravens offense, which now appears to be fully dedicated to Flacco.

The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs said on NFL Network Thursday that he believes Bears RB Matt Forte will probably play Monday night vs. the Cowboys.

Dolphins RB Reggie Bush (knee) appears ready to play against the Cardinals Sunday after returning to a limited practice yesterday, though his status will be one to watch up to kickoff.

Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey said he expects RB Fred Jackson (knee) to play Sunday vs. the Patriots. Meanwhile his replacement, C.J. Spiller (shoulder), returned to a limited practice on Thursday.

Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez‘s ankle is healing quicker than expected and there’s an outside chance he could return this week.

Vikings QB Christian Ponder has tension in his neck that’s affected him in practice this week, but is expected to start against the Lions.

Raiders RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) was limited again in Thursday’s practice, while WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) is not participating in practice this week.

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