Ravens fire their of­fen­sive coach

Cameron had been team’s co­or­di­na­tor since 2008; Cald­well takes over.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Pa­trick se­man­sky / as­so­ci­ated Press

Cam Cameron was fired Mon­day as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor of the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost two straight and are still striv­ing for con­sis­tency in the run­ning and pass­ing game.

Cameron ran the Baltimore of­fense since the start of the 2008 sea­son for coach John Har­baugh. Since that time, the Ravens’ at­tack has re­peat­edly taken a back seat to the team’s de­fense, and this year the of­fense ranks 18th with 344.4 yards per game.

Jim Cald­well, who was hired as quar­ter­backs coach be­fore the sea­son, will as­sume Cameron’s du­ties. Cald­well was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11.

Har­baugh didn’t give a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion for the move, which came less than 24 hours af­ter the Ravens lost to the Red­skins 31-28 in over­time.

“We put 28 points up, so you’re not go­ing to say it’s a re­ac­tion to a down of­fen­sive per­for­mance. It’s not that. I think that’s really im­por­tant to point out,” Har­baugh said. “It’s what I be­lieve is best go­ing for­ward for our of­fense and for our foot­ball team.”

Bears: Quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler said he ex­pects to play this week­end against Green Bay. Cut­ler left Sun­day’s loss at Min­nesota with a sore neck.

Bills: Run­ning back Fred Jack­son will miss the re­main­der of the sea­son with a sprained lig­a­ment in his right knee. Jack­son, who suf­fered the in­jury in Sun­day’s loss to the Rams, won’t re­quire surgery af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a Grade 2 sprain to his MCL.

Car­di­nals: Team pres­i­dent Michael Bid­will said a de­ci­sion on whether Ken Whisen­hunt re­mains as coach will be made af­ter the sea­son. Bid­will calls the team’s 58-0 loss at Seat­tle on Sun­day “un­ac­cept­able.”

Charg­ers: Team pres­i­dent Dean Spanos pre­sented Norv Turner with a game ball Sun­day af­ter San Diego’s first reg­u­larsea­son vic­tory in Pitts­burgh in 15 tries.

Chiefs: Re­ceiver Dwayne Bowe will miss Sun­day’s game at Oak­land with a rib in­jury, and coach Romeo Cren­nel said it’s pos­si­ble he could be out the rest of the year.

Ea­gles: Tight end Brent Celek sus­tained a con­cus­sion in Sun­day’s win at Tampa Bay and won’t play against Cincin­nati on Thurs­day.

Fal­cons: The Ge­or­gia World Congress Cen­ter Author­ity ap­proved the frame­work for a deal to build a $1 bil­lion sta­dium with a re­tractable roof, re­plac­ing the 20-year-old Ge­or­gia Dome.

49ers: Run­ning back Bran­don Ja­cobs was sus­pended for the fi­nal three games fol­low­ing a se­ries of posts on so­cial me­dia sites ad­dress­ing his lack of play­ing time, in­clud­ing one dur­ing the week­end say­ing he was “on this team rot­ting away.”

■ The 49ers at Seahawks game on Dec. 23 that could de­cide the NFC West is mov­ing to NBC’s Sun­day Night Foot­ball. The Charg­ers and Jets were orig­i­nally in that slot, but both teams have los­ing records.

Jaguars: Coach Mike Mu­larkey was re­leased from a hospi­tal and was OK af­ter feel­ing ill Mon­day morn­ing. He is ex­pected back at work to­day.

Lions: Detroit blew a 10-point lead in a third straight game in Sun­day night’s 27-20 loss at Green Bay to match an NFL record. The 2011 Vik­ings, 1999 Saints, 1991 Browns, 1980 St. Louis Car­di­nals, 1952 Red­skins and the 1947 Pack­ers are the other teams in NFL his­tory that have lost three in a row af­ter lead­ing by at least 10 points in each game, ac­cord­ing to STATS LLC. “We are the best three-quar­ter team in the league,” Lions line­backer Stephen Tul­loch said.

Raiders: Line­backer Rolando McClain was re­in­stated from the sus­pended list and start­ing cor­ner­back Ron Bartell was re­leased. They also cut full­back Owen Schmitt and pro­moted cor­ner­back Chimdi Chekwa from the prac­tice squad.

Note­wor­thy: Former NFL com­mis­sioner Paul Tagli­abue will rule to­day on the lat­est round of player ap­peals in the NFL’s bounty probe, and any po­ten­tial pun­ish­ment will be de­layed by a week. ASH­BURN, VA. — All the med­i­cal terms as­so­ci­ated with Robert Grif­fin III’s knee in­jury can be boiled down to one sim­ple mes­sage: It’s not too bad.

Be­yond that, there are still some very im­por­tant un­knowns.

The NFL’s top-rated quar­ter­back might or might not play Sun­day when the Washington Red­skins visit the Cleve­land Browns. Coach Mike Shana­han, know­ing that it makes the other team work ex­tra to pre­pare for two quar­ter­backs, will no doubt wait as long as pos­si­ble to pub­licly com­mit one way or the other to Grif­fin or fel­low rookie Kirk Cousins.

“Both of them will have a game plan,” Shana­han said Mon­day.

The in­te­rior of Grif­fin’s right knee was the sub­ject of in­tense scru­tiny dur­ing Shana­han’s weekly news con­fer­ence, when it was shown that an in­jury to a fran­chise player like RG3 can flum­mox even a sea­soned coach. Shana­han ini­tially said Grif­fin had a “strain of the ACL” be­fore later cor­rect­ing the di­ag­no­sis to a sprained LCL, with the coach step­ping away from the podium to demon­strate the lo­ca­tion of the lig­a­ment in­volved.

The up­shot: Grif­fin has a mild, or Grade 1, sprain of the lat­eral col­lat­eral lig­a­ment lo­cated on the out­side of the knee, caused when he was hit by de­fen­sive tackle Haloti Ngata at the end of a 13-yard scram­ble late in reg­u­la­tion of the 31-28 over­time win over the Ravens.

“When I looked at it on film,” Shana­han said, “I thought it would be worse than it was.”

The LCL is one of four lig­a­ments in the knee. A Grade 1 sprain typ­i­cally means the lig­a­ment is stretched or has some mi­nor tears and usu­ally doesn’t re­quire surgery. Grif­fin will get mul­ti­ple treat­ments daily and will prob­a­bly have to wear a brace for sev­eral weeks.

The next ma­jor bench­mark is whether Grif­fin will able to take part when prac­tice re­sumes on Wed­nes­day.

“You’re hop­ing with re­hab it gets bet­ter very quickly,” Shana­han said. “But we don’t know for sure. ... He’s def­i­nitely not ruled out for the Cleve­land game.”

Grif­fin’s fa­ther, Robert Grif­fin Jr., said in a text mes­sage that his son was “feel­ing good” and that “we will know by Thurs­day” whether Grif­fin III will be able to suit up against the Browns.

The most se­vere knee in­jury usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with sports is a sea­so­nend­ing torn ACL, the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment. Grif­fin tore the ACL in his right knee while play­ing for Bay­lor in 2009, but Shana­han said Grif­fin’s re­con­structed ACL “looks great” and that there’s “no prob­lem there.”

“He’s do­ing good. He’s in high spir­its,” left tackle Trent Wil­liams said af­ter speak­ing with Grif­fin on Mon­day. “It was a pretty nasty, awk­ward hit, and for him not to be se­ri­ously in­jured is a bless­ing.”

No. 2 over­all pick Grif­fin has be­come a phe­nom­e­non in his de­but NFL sea­son, lead­ing the Red­skins — a team that went 5-11 last year — to four straight vic­to­ries to put the record at 7-6, one game be­hind the first­place New York Giants in the NFC East.

Washington Red­skins quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III is helped off the field af­ter a sec­ond-half in­jury against the Baltimore Ravens on Sun­day.

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