Live From Owings Mills: Gaither Says There’s a “Great Chance” He’ll Play vs. Bengals

October 08, 2009 | Glenn Clark

4:35-INJURY REPORT:

Ravens:
OT Jared Gaither-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Neck
WR Demetrius Williams-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Illness
CB Chris Carr-LIMITED-Groin
LB Jarret Johnson-LIMITED-Shoulder
WR Derrick Mason-LIMITED-Neck
LB Tavares Gooden-FULL-Neck
DT Haloti Ngata-FULL-Back
S Ed Reed-FULL-Knee

Bengals:
OT Andre Smith-OUT-Foot
LB Rashad Jeanty-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Finger
S Kyries Hebert-LIMITED-Hip
DT Tank Johnson-LIMITED-Foot
LB Rey Maualuga-LIMITED-Knee
S Chinedum Ndukwe-LIMITED-Hamstring
DT Domata Peko-LIMITED-Chest
RB Cedric Benson-FULL-Hip
CB David Jones-FULL-Foot
S Roy Williams-FULL-Forearm

4:23-The Bengals have returned 250 tickets for Sunday’s game. They are available via the Ravens Ticket Office and Ticketmaster. From what I can tell, no tickets are less than $90.

1:40-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

OC Cam Cameron
DC Greg Mattison
ST Coordinator Jerry Rosburg
RB Willis McGahee
WR Mark Clayton
OT Jared Gaither

Also, hear from Tavares Gooden-he joined Drew Forrester on “The Comcast Morning Show” this morning. LB Dannell Ellerbe will join Drew tomorrow morning at 7:10.

1:37-Update from practice:

-Jared Gaither had said he might try to give it a go today, but he was not out there-which isn’t particularly a surprise; as he was in a neck brace just yesterday.
-Derrick Mason (neck) and Jarrett Johnson (shoulder) each returned to practice
-Demetrius Williams was on the field, but was not participating.

1:12-Cam Cameron was asked about the play-calling differential (between run and pass) and made a strong statement. He said “football has changed. People have to move beyond the notion that running the football means championships. It doesn’t.”

Cam went on to clarify a bit, saying “touches” were more important than “carries” for Running Backs; as a short pass to a running back was basically the same thing as a handoff. Cameron did not respond to a question about whether he wishes he would have put Le’Ron McClain in the game on 3rd and 4th down with 1 yard to go in the 4th quarter against New England; instead saying simply that “short yardage” is something his offense needs to improve on.

Le’Ron McClain said he was “very disappointed” he wasn’t on the field for those short yardage plays, adding that he “guaranteed” he’d be in the next time the Ravens were in a situation like that. Willis McGahee stressed that the team would likely run the ball more at the end of the season, once the weather got colder.

12:58-The re-affirmation of Mark Clayton continued today following his costly drop late against the Patriots Sunday in Foxborough. Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron defiantly stated “I guarantee we’re gonna go back to that guy in the clutch.” I asked Cam if he felt the need to say anything to Mark following the game to remind him the team trusts him (a day after Joe Flacco told me saying something was unnecessary), and Cam responded “You don’t wait ’til adversity hits to develop a relationship with somebody.”

Mark himself met with the media today, saying he had moved on from the drop, but admitting he thought the drop “did” cost the Ravens the game. He said it was a big deal for him to “respond” this week against Cincy, but said practice has been “business as usual.”

12:52-I don’t really know what to make of Jared Gaither’s injury. He’s clearly in pain, even if he says it “doesn’t hurt” for him to turn his neck. During the entire time we were talking to him, and the entire time I saw him talking to others in the locker room; I didn’t notice him turn his neck once to face someone; instead seeing him turn his entire body. We’ve all done this before when our neck hurt. Of course, none of us were the size of JG, nor did any of us suffer injures quite like Jared’s.

There is major optimism for the former Maryland Terrapin to go on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium though. Jared said there was a “great chance” he would play, even characterizing it as better than 50-50. Cam Cameron said he “expects” to have Gaither out on the field. Of course, if Gaither can’t go, Michael Oher will start at LT and Marshal Yanda at RT, with either Tony Moll or Oniel Cousins likely to be active to back him up.

11:19-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive; where we are about to talk to Ravens coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, and Jerry Rosburg. I imagine a hot topic today will be Bengals DE Antwan Odom, who currently leads the NFL with 8 sacks. The Ravens will have to get creative to keep him away from Joe Flacco; especially with Jared Gaither unlikely to be ready to go, and Michael Oher likely being forced to the left side again.

Talk to you after we get out of the locker room.

-G

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