Ravens place Marshal Yanda on PUP

The Ravens have placed offensive guard Marshal Yanda on the physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.

Yanda, 33, fractured his left ankle in 2017, ending his season after only two games.

He made six consecutive Pro Bowls, missing a total of four games from 2011-16. Yanda also twice earned All-Pro honors.

Yanda landing on the PUP list means he is not quite ready for a full workload. He will not practice until the Ravens activate him, allowing him to continue his rehab as the Ravens begin camp with their veterans.

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In what will come as no surprise, since the sides weren’t talking, DeMarcus Lawrence will play 2018 under the franchise tag.

Lawrence signed the $17.143 million tag in March with no substantive discussions about a long-term deal, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

It gives the Cowboys a chance to make sure Lawrence isn’t a one-season wonder, and Lawrence a chance to live up to his proclamation that he expects to break the bank in free agency next year. It also gives both sides a chance to see what happens with the defensive line market, with Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack also seeking long-term deals.

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