Dolphins, Ravens looking forward to a well-deserved break

As a reward for going three days between games, the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens now get an extended break before returning to action.

Boy, can they use it.

The Ravens (4-4) can only hope quarterback Joe Flacco uses the time off to recover from the concussion he received in a 40-0 win over Miami on Thursday night.

It is Sunday morning, we are on Fantasy Football Now and we get word that Cowboys WR Roy Williams was a surprise inactive. And I said people needed to pick up and start a young wideout they’d never heard of named Miles Austin. Talented kid, all he needed was a chance and today, against Kansas City, was his chance. All morning long, I’m out on a limb for him and this is fairly early in my ESPN career, so I am still trying to establish credibility. That day, Austin goes for 10 receptions, 250 yards and two touchdowns. Giddy up.

“I needed to take care of myself physically and mentally refresh, get away for a little bit and think about something other than football for a couple days,” Stafford said.

The break also came at a good time for his receiving corps. Top wideout Golden Tate, who’s dealing with a shoulder injury, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Rookie Kenny Golladay, who missed the last three games with a hamstring issue, also returned to practice.

They’ll also be doing it without some crucial players, having lost their two most influential defenders on Sunday. First-round pick Malik Hooker, who has flashed playmaking ability to go along with his otherworldly athleticism, went down with a torn ACL and MCL against the Jaguars to end his season. Hooker and his three picks were joined on the shelf by free-agent addition John Simon, who has Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth racked up 12 quarterback knockdowns so far, tying him for eighth in the Cheap Dog Jerseys league. The former Texans edge-rusher is week-to-week with a stinger.

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