Live From Owings Mills: Gaither, Gooden, Harbaugh Have “No Comment” About Injuries

October 30, 2009 | Glenn Clark

5:07-Injury Report-Ravens:

OT Jared Gaither QUESTIONABLE – Neck
LB Tavares Gooden PRO BABLE – Head
QB Joe Flacco PROBABLE – Ankle
K Steve Hauschka PROBABLE – Ankle
LB Jarret Johnson PROBABLE – Shoulder
S Ed Reed PROBABLE – Illness
WR/ST David Tyree PROBABLE – Hamstring

Broncos:

S Brian Dawkins PROBABLE – Hamstring
DL Ronald Fields PROBABLE – Hamstring
LB Spencer Larsen PROBABLE – Shoulder

2:25-The Ravens practiced outside yesterday and today after practicing indoors Wednesday. They could have probably used some precipitation today, as Weather.com tells us that it is expected to be 58 degrees Sunday with showers (chance of precipitation is 50%).

Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison isn’t worried about the weather, as he took time to remind me today that he was still wearing shorts. He pointed at his legs and yelled “It’s nice out!”, to which I responded “not that nice!”

2:22-Some other notes from John Harbaugh:

-Broncos are “very aggressive” in 2nd half; and “playing with a lot of confidence.”
-Broncos WR Brandon Stokley has always been “underestimated”, but “just keeps making plays.”
-Said the Ravens had a good week of practice, but added “we have not had a bad week of practice yet.”
-On the team’s confidence despite 3 straight losses: “I don’t think there’s a team that doesn’t have swagger” in NFL

2:19-Justin Harper is playing the role of Brandon Marshall in practice for the Ravens this week. Harper is 6’3″ (Marshall 6’4″); but clearly does not have the skill set that Marshall has. John Harbaugh praised Justin Harper for the work he’s put in on the look team, noting that he has had to play the role of receivers like Randy Moss also during the season. Demetrius Williams has also helped the look team by stepping in as an opposing wide receiver during the season.

2:07-A strange post-practice session with the media today; as John Harbaugh clearly was more business-like on his final day of preparation. The locker room atmosphere was not quite the jovial, celebratory atmosphere that it had been in the weeks leading up to the bye. Usually Fridays are reserved for loud music, dancing, and even a friendly game of media dodgeball. There was some music today, but otherwise there was no frathouse vibe.

Clearly a 3 game losing streak can do that, but it also appeared as though Harbs may have been working extra hard to get his team’s attention. The biggest questions of the day surrounded the health of LB Tavares Gooden and OT Jared Gaither. Not surprisingly, Coach Harbaugh said “I’m not even gonna comment” on the status of either player; as he often prefers to defer to the Friday injury report. However, John was much more open two weeks ago before the Ravens played the Vikings. It makes you wonder if his attitude is based on what he got out of his players on Friday.

John also conveyed the message to the players that they were to NOT discuss their injuries, as he will try to somehow use that to his advantage facing Josh McDaniels on Sunday. Jared Gaither told us he “feels great”, and even said “yeah” at one point after being asked if he expected to play; but he otherwise spent the better part of 90 seconds saying “no comment” when asked about why he missed practice yesterday and whether or not he’ll be on the field against Denver. I spoke to LB Tavares Gooden as well-who confirmed to me that Coach had warned them not to discuss injuries before practice ended. Gooden told me he feels good, but wouldn’t address whether he had practiced today (he wasn’t seen), or how he’s responded to his most recent head injury.

Of course, John Harbaugh has every right to try to play this to his advantage; but it is unlikely to help a team. The Broncos will prepare to face Jared Gaither-and if he doesn’t play, they’ll be ready to face Michael Oher and Marshal Yanda. They’ll prepare to face Tavares Gooden, and if he doesn’t play; they’ll be ready for Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain.

You can hear from John Harbaugh and Jared Gaither NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Also, Broncos sideline reporter Alan Roach joined Drew Forrester this morning on The Comcast Morning Show; so if you’re looking for a Denver perspective, that is also in the Audio Vault.

12:05-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive; where we start with a practice update as the Baltimore Ravens hold their final walkthrough before playing the Denver Broncos Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Jared Gaither (neck) returned to practice today after missing yesterday’s session. There was no sign of the red “no contact” jersey he was wearing yesterday. Tavares Gooden was not seen during the part of the session that was open to the media-and I get the feeling he will be listed as “questionable” on today’s injury report as he rec0vers from a head injury.

-G

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