OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (1-1) continued work Thursday at 1 Winning Drive in preparation for Sunday’s AFC North showdown with the Cleveland Browns (0-2) at M&T Bank Stadium.
LB Tavares Gooden has already been ruled OUT for Sunday’s contest with what Head Coach John Harbaugh described as a dislocated shoulder. A report earlier in the week from National Football Post said Gooden would miss 4-6 weeks with the injury.
When asked by reporters Thursday about his timetable for return, Gooden was completely uncertain. “I’m not even sure what it is yet” said the linebacker. “The films were sent down to Miami-Coral Gables so Dr. (John) Uribe could look at them. I don’t really have an accurate time of when I will be back or how long this is going to take.”
When informed that Harbaugh had described the injury as a dislocated shoulder, Gooden said “I’m not sure. I need to get with my agent (Tony Fleming) and we’re going to discuss it and see what exactly is going on so I know how to prepare.” Gooden said he hoped he would know more about the results “by the end of the week.”
Second year LB Jason Phillips is expected to shoulder the load both defensively and on Special Teams while Gooden is sidelined. Gooden said he was “very confident” in Phillips’ abilities, describing him as a “very good linebacker.” Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison said Phillips was the “next man up”, and Phillips has gone “as hard as he can in every practice.”
WILLIAMS’ ROLE: CB Cary Williams returned to the team this week after a two week suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. When asked if Williams would be active defensively Sunday, Mattison responded “I don’t know if he will on the defensive part of it.” Mattison added “Most of our defensive players assume roles on Special Teams, I would hope he would be there in some sort of capacity that way.”
Mattison did not rule out the possibility that Williams could move over and play some safety, noting that Williams has played safety in the past. After cutting Ken veteran safety Hamlin Wednesday to make room for Williams on the 53 man roster, the Ravens are left with just Dawan Landry, Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura on the roster at the position. Likely future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed is eligible to return to the team after Week 6 as he is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The team now has six cornerbacks on the active roster, as Williams joins Fabian Washington, Chris Carr, Ladarius Webb, Josh Wilson and Prince Miller.
PRACTICE NOTES: After not practicing Wednesday, WR Derrick Mason (knee) and FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder) were each back out on the practice field Thursday. Both players were listed as limited participants. LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee) was also limited for a second straight day.
WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) and Gooden have been ruled out for Sunday’s game, OT Jared Gaither did not participate in practice again Thursday but has not yet been officially ruled out.
TE Todd Heap (shoulder), LB Jarret Johnson (back), LB Jameel McClain (knee), DT Haloti Ngata (back), RB Ray Rice (ankle) and LB Terrell Suggs (ankle) were all listed as full participants again.
Of note, after not returning any punts in Wednesday’s session; Zbikowski was again fielding punts Thursday. He has been the team’s primary returner in their first two games. Carr and Webb were also seen fielding punts.
Out in Berea, Browns QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) missed another day of practice. Should he be unavailable Sunday, backup Seneca Wallace would start in his place. Others who missed practice Thursday for the Browns included LB Marcus Bernard (ankle), RB Jerome Harrison (thigh), G Shawn Lauvao (ankle) TE Evan Moore (head), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring) and DT Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip).
Browns who were limited Thursday were LB Eric Barton (hip), LB D’Qwell Jackson (chest), CB Derrick Roberson (hip), LB Matt Roth (foot), DE Robaire Smith (ankle), OL John St. Clair (foot) and G Floyd Womack (knee). OT Joe Thomas (elbow) and DL Brian Schaefering (wrist) were full participants.
NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Offensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg, LB Ray Lewis, WR Anquan Boldin, Gooden and Suggs NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net. OL Chris Chester joined Drew Forrester Friday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that conversation can be heard in the Audio Vault as well……The Ravens have added CB Danny Gorrer to their practice squad, again reaching the limit of eight players. Gorrer tried out for the team on Tuesday, he was with both the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in the preseason. Gorrer played briefly for the St. Louis Rams at the end of the 2009 season. He is a 6’0″ corner in his second season out of Texas A&M……The Ravens will hold their final media availability for the week Friday, Harbaugh is scheduled to address the media following practice. The team will hold a closed walkthrough Saturday before Sunday’s game.