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Ravens sign LB Houston
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran linebacker Justin Houston.
The team announced the move Saturday, as the Ravens were beginning their practice in front of fans at M&T Bank Stadium. The deal is pending a physical.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Houston, a four-time Pro Bowler, is entering his 11th NFL season. He spent the past two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and played for the Kansas City Chiefs prior to that.
Houston has 97.5 career sacks, including eight last season. He’s played in 134 games, including 128 starts, and he started all 16 games for the Colts last season.
Houston had 22 sacks in 2014 with the Chiefs, which is tied for the second-most in a single season since sacks became an official statistic.
WFT having COVID trouble
RICHMOND, Va. — All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff and fellow offensive lineman David Sharpe are in virus protocol, making them the fifth and sixth Washington Football players on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list.
Washington is next to last in the NFL in percentage of players to receive at least one dose of a vaccine and, as of Saturday evening, only Arizona with nine had more in league protocol.
His team’s lagging vaccination rate and the potential pitfalls of an outbreak have been a point of consternation for coach Ron Rivera, who is immune deficient after undergoing treatment last year for a form of skin cancer.
Rivera gave players a “what if” scenario that if this were the season opener Sept. 12 against the Chargers, even players added to the protocol that morning would be ineligible to play that game or against the Giants four days later.
“It brings the reality of what the rules are, and I hope it helps,” Rivera said. “But these young men have to make their decisions.”
The Associated Press