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Ex-Ravens OC Marty Mornhinweg denies report he wanted to move Lamar Jackson to WR

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg denied a report Tuesday that he wanted to move quarterback Lamar Jackson to wide receiver.

“That didn’t happen,” Mornhinweg said in a statement released by the Ravens. “Never said that.”

Former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi said on The GM Shuffle podcast Monday that Mornhinweg was not a believer in Jackson as a quarterback. According to Lombardi, Mornhinweg asked his coaching staff, “When are we gonna move him to receiver?”

Mornhinweg denied that he suggested a position change for Jackson, who is now a leading candidate for NFL MVP.

“My thoughts before the draft, and even more when we started working with Lamar, was that this young man was going to be a special quarterback,” Mornhinweg said. “Very early we saw that along with all of his throwing and escape abilities, he reads the field as well as any young quarterback I ever worked with.”

Mornhinweg was the Ravens’ playcaller during Jackson’s rookie season. Baltimore promoted Greg Roman to offensive coordinator after the season, and Mornhinweg declined to remain on the coaching staff.

“Organizationally, we were on the same page with Lamar, and I thought Ozzie [Newsome] and Eric [DeCosta] did a great job to take him where we did,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Marty was excited from the beginning to coach Lamar and was instrumental in helping him progress through his rookie season.”

Jackson has led the Ravens (8-2) to their best start in seven years. He ranks No. 4 in the NFL with a 106.3 passer rating and No. 10 in the league with 788 rushing yards.

In Sunday’s 41-7 win over the Houston Texans, Jackson became the first player in Ravens franchise history to produce multiple games with four or more touchdown passes in a single season.

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Lions place quarterback Jeff Driskel on injured reserve

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The Detroit Lions have placed quarterback Jeff Driskel on injured reserve and signed quarterback Kyle Sloter off Arizona’s practice squad — another signal-caller move for a team that has been rotating quarterbacks behind Matthew Stafford since the end of last season.

Sloter and just-signed practice squad quarterback Joe Callahan are the 10th and 11th quarterbacks the Lions have had on the roster this season. Stafford, Driskel, David Blough, Josh Johnson and now Sloter have been on the active roster. David Fales, Tom Savage and Luis Perez were with the team in training camp and Connor Cook was on Detroit for spring workouts. Callahan and Chad Kanoff have been on the team’s practice squad.

The 25-year-old Sloter came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie with Denver in 2017 and then spent the last two seasons with Minnesota, not attempting a pass. He was cut from the Vikings, the team the Lions play next Sunday, in August and was signed to Arizona’s practice squad until Detroit signed him to its active roster Saturday.

Driskel injured his hamstring against Washington last Sunday and was described as “day-to-day” by Detroit coach Matt Patricia leading up to Thursday’s 24-20 loss to Chicago. Driskel himself said he was making progress day-by-day, but it wasn’t enough to play. Driskel was active against the Bears but backed up the third-string quarterback Blough, who became the starter with Stafford’s back injury and Driskel’s injury. Stafford remains active, but it’s unclear when, or if, he might be cleared to return this season.

Driskel’s season is over and since he’s a free agent heading into 2020, perhaps his time in Detroit. Driskel lost all three of his starts for the Lions, completing 59 percent of his passes for 685 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Terrelle Pryor expected to make full recovery after stabbing

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Free-agent receiver Terrelle Pryor is expected to make a full recovery after he was stabbed Friday night, according to his agent.

Pryor was stabbed in the chest and shoulder at his Pittsburgh apartment and was in critical condition following surgery, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Family members are with Pryor at the hospital, according to Gregory Diulus of Vantage Management Group, which represents Pryor. They have been told he’s expected to make a full recovery. Diulus said he expects to see Pryor on Sunday.

An unidentified woman is in police custody, according to WTAE-TV.

Police said they are investigating after officers were called for a male stabbing victim who had walked into the hospital just after 4:30 a.m. ET.

Pryor, 30, entered the league in 2011 and has played with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

He hasn’t played this season after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Terrelle Pryor in critical condition after stabbing

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Free-agent receiver Terrelle Pryor is in critical condition following surgery after he was stabbed Friday night at his apartment, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Allegheny District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko confirmed Pryor was the victim of a stabbing.

Pryor was stabbed in the chest and shoulder, according to the source.

The incident took place at the Heinz Lofts apartment complex in Pittsburgh, according to WTAE-TV.

An unidentified woman is in police custody, according to the station.

Pittsburgh Police said they are investigating after officers were called for a male stabbing victim who had walked into the hospital just after 4:30 a.m. ET. While police did not identify the man, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that this was Pryor.

Pryor, 30, entered the league in 2011 and has played with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

He hasn’t played this season after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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