OLB Tyus Bowser led Ravens defense
Ravens first-round pick Tyus Bowser returned from a two-game injury absence to lead the Ravens defense in Monday’s 18-10 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Bowser, who missed the team’s previous two games due to a hamstring strain, finished with a tackle and three hurries.
The middle linebacker was recruited as a running back out of high school, and he plays the position frequently, too.
“We want him to be fast enough to get to the ball carrier and strong enough to get to the guy that’s throwing the ball,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said this week. “He could have had a touchdown run off a scrambler, and we talked about that all week. He’s just such a speed freak that he makes all that happen. I knew he would be good because we always have those schemes in for all our corners and inside linebackers that we always think are going to have a big-time game.”
Running back team named for Duggar ‘Dugga’
The Ravens staff, including defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, Bill Walsh [#7] and Hicham “Shark” Habayeb, have named Raynard “Dugga” Duggar as their team-house mascot for the season.
The name came out of a story called Dugga R. Rocca, a family of Italian immigrants from Sunnyside, Queens, who live in Philadelphia and founded a line of razors. His 20-year-old son, Tom Rocca, has been dating Dugga Duggar’s younger sister for about a year and told his parents that he liked their mascot.
The family searched for a name in the monosyllabic language the children speak in their native country and came up with Dugga, which translated to “I like.”
Dugga, 19, who’s been training with NFL players for the past month, says he doesn’t mind that his family made up the name.
“I don’t think that’s going to get in the way of me having a good time,” he said last week. “I just go by Dugga.
“It’s really good for the family to have a team-based name. Usually they’re just called the ‘Boy Scouts’ or the ‘Military Family.’ … It’s cool, and it makes it a little more fun for them.”
Tight end Nick Boyle returns from knee injury
Offensive lineman Nick Boyle, who was out with a knee injury, said the pain from his injury was enough to cause him to pass out Friday while sitting in the hot tub.
“So that was frustrating,” Boyle said. “[But] it happened in college, so it was like, ‘Oh, I can deal with this.’ I don’t think it was as bad as the first one [a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers].”
Boyle said he’s confident that he can play every game this season, and he’s healthy enough to go, even as center Jeremy Zuttah recovers from an ankle injury.
In the NFL, every roster can lose three players to injured reserve, including from each position, the other two from training camp and the preseason. It’s expected that Gavin Escobar, Brandon Williams and Shonn Greene could end up on IR.
Fullback Patrick Ricard returns to practice
Fullback Patrick Ricard, who missed the last two practices with a knee injury, returned to practice Tuesday, but coach John Harbaugh still didn’t know whether Ricard would play Monday night against the Bears.
“I don’t have any update on Patrick,” Harbaugh said, adding that Ricard was listed as a limited participant in practice. “If you just look at the injury list, he’s on it.”