OT Jared Gaither-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Neck
LB Tavares Gooden-LIMITED-Head
QB Joe Flacco-FULL-Ankle
K Steve Hauschka-FULL-Ankle
LB Jarret Johnson-FULL-Shoulder
S Ed Reed-FULL-Illness
WR/ST David Tyree-FULL-Hamstring
S Brian Dawkins-LIMITED-Hamstring
DL Ronald Fields-LIMITED-Hamstring
LB Spencer Larsen-FULL-Shoulder
4:33-According to the AP, Browns fans are planning a “Free The Birds”-type protest for the November 16 game against the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Fans are planning on entering the game late. If you join us on our WNST Miller Lite Road Trip to Cleveland, you can take in the protest and laugh at Browns fans and their misery.
-Eddie Royal does “both well” (punt and kick returns) thanks to “quick feet”, plus “he’s fast.”
-Ravens have “pretty good idea” of what to expect from new Broncos punter Mitch Berger having faced him 3 times last year when he was with Steelers.
-Ravens need to be more “opportunistic” in punt returns
This game will also mark a reunion for Frank Walker and Mitch Berger; after Berger accused Frank Walker of spitting IN the punter’s mouth after a Jeff Reed extra point at the end of the 2nd regular season game between the teams last December. If you’ll remember, Walker called the incident a “slobber moment”, and said he didn’t care because he “hates Pittsburgh.” (So do the rest of us.) Walker was not fined by the NFL due to a “lack of visual evidence.”
Walker had nothing but nice things to say about Berger in the locker room today, noting he was happy for Berger to get another NFL gig.
1:21-Ed Reed (illness) and Tavares Gooden (head) were both out on the practice field; although Tavares and Jared Gaither (neck) were each wearing red “no contact” jerseys during the portion open to the media.
-Kyle Orton “doing a great job”, hasn’t “forced passes”, benefits from Broncos’ “system”
-Broncos have “a number of good receivers”, but Brandon Marshall is “outstanding”
-During bye week, Ravens “took a total look at everything (they’re) doing.”
-Lardarius Webb “makes plays”, and has been receiving more reps with the first team defense
-Ravens have “worked on” pass rush, specifically spending more time on it during individual drills
12:54-Some sights and sounds from around 1 Winning Drive today, starting with Cam Cameron highlights:
-Broncos haven’t changed “scheme wise” at halftime; despite tremendous 2nd half defensive success (given up 10 points all season, allowed just 2 3rd down conversions in 2nd half)
-Elvis Dumervil is “explosive, fast, relentless” even if not particularly big
-Broncos have succeeded with pass rush by putting teams “in passing situations.”
-Mike Nolan is an “outstanding football coach” who is thriving with a “veteran defense.”
-Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey are “playing at a high level.”
-Ravens must “execute” offensively earlier in football games
12:46-Tavares Gooden told us today that his injury came from taking one “on the chin” in practice this week. He said he had cleared all medical tests, and expects to play Sunday against the Broncos. He also said the injury is not as serious as concussions he’s suffered in the past.
You can hear from Tavares Gooden, as well as the following in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:
OC Cam Cameron
DC Greg Mattison
ST Coordinator Jerry Rosburg
DT Haloti Ngata
LB/DE Terrell Suggs
CB Frank Walker
Also, Brandon McKinney joined me this morning on The Comcast Morning Show (Drew Forrester was out tending to flu-related issues in his family), you can hear from him in the Audio Vault as well.
11:10-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens continue preparation for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium. One of the most difficult scenarios facing the Ravens Sunday will be trying to shut down Brandon Marshall, who stands some 5 inches taller (6’4″) than any Ravens cornerback (Domonique Foxworth, Frank Walker, and Fabian Washington are all 5’11″, Lardarius Webb and Chris Carr are each 5’10″).
The Ravens have struggled against tall wide receivers all season. Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (6’5″) had 141 yards and a TD; Patriots WR Randy Moss (6’4″) had just 50 yards but caught a crucial TD; Bengals WR Chris Henry (6’4″) had 92 yards, and Vikings WR Sidney Rice (6’4″) had 176 yards.
We are scheduled to hear from Greg Mattison, Cam Cameron and Jerry Rosburg today. We are hoping to get some more information on why Ed Reed and Tavares Gooden missed practice yesterday.
Talk to you shortly.