4:25-Is there something else to be worried about? We just got today’s Ravens/Chiefs Injury Report, and Haloti Ngata is listed as having a knee injury. He told us earlier it was his ankle. Might just be a mistake, but worth noting.
TE LJ Smith-NO PARTICIPATION-Hamstring
DT Haloti Ngata-LIMITED-Knee
LB Brendon Ayanbadejo-FULL-Foot
LB Dannell Ellerbe-FULL-Knee
QB Matt Cassel-LIMITED-Knee
WR Terrance Copper-LIMITED-Hamstring
CB Brandon Flowers-LIMITED-Shoulder
RB Jackie Battle-FULL-Illness
1:18-TE LJ Smith is again working out by himself today as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Smith is in shorts, meaning he will likely be listed again as “did not participate” when the injury report comes out.
1:10-This is getting serious. I was just informed that the Ravens will no longer allow members of the media to have their cell phones out near the practice field. Obviously, they are concerned that someone will be taking pictures/shooting video.
No Twitter ban (like a certain team to the south), but this seems like a little bit of paranoia.
12:56-No idea if Ravens would be interested in Free Agent WR Bobby Wade, who was released by the Vikings. Wade lead the Vikes in receiving for the last 2 seasons; and had agreed to a pay cut just a week ago.
12:49-Cameron says OL Marshal Yanda “will play in the game” Sunday “to some degree.” Yanda said yesterday he believed Chris Chester would start at RG Sunday, and it looks more at more like that will be the case.
12:47-Hear from the following today in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:
OC Cam Cameron
DC Greg Mattison
ST Coordinator Jerry Rosburg
DE Trevor Pryce
DT Haloti Ngata
CB Domonique Foxworth
I’m going to head out and watch practice until we’re kicked out, then I’ll join Bob Haynie around 1:30.
12:44-Cam Cameron made a point to recognize that the Chiefs had done a good job of rushing the quarterback in the preseason. Chiefs Coach Todd Haley had told the media in Kansas City yesterday that he was “encouraged” by the progress the Chiefs had made under Defensive Coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
12:39-Cam Cameron was vague in describing the role of WR Mark Clayton as he returns from a hamstring injury. Cameron said Clayton was good to go Sunday; but when asked if he would start, Cameron halfheartedly said “yeah he’s healthy”, but then went on to say that the Ravens will use a “receiver by committee” strategy similar to their “RB by committee” offense.
My gut is still that Kelley Washington will get more snaps than Clayton will Sunday, regardless of who is lined up at WR on the first play from scrimmage against KC.
12:36-CB Domonique Foxworth told us he has “fun” facing physical WR’s like the Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe. He said receivers like Bowe don’t force separation, giving CB’s a chance to make a play on the ball every time it is thrown.
12:21-Neither Trevor Pryce nor Haloti Ngata would confirm or deny a rumor that the Ravens have hung a picture of Kansas City RB Larry Johnson up somewhere in the facility as inspiration. Johnson was the last RB to rush for 100 yards in a single game against the Ravens defense; and while all members of the defense recognized the importance of stopping the run, none placed much significance in the streak itself.
In fact, LB Tavares Gooden (who came to Baltimore AFTER the streak began) told me that being concerned about the streak would be “wrong thing.”
It would be easy to say the locker room here has been taught an important lesson in “spin”, but I believe this is more a lesson of “focus.”
12:10-Both Haloti Ngata and Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison confirmed to us that Ngata will be fine for Sunday. There was some concern about Ngata after he was listed as “limited” in practice on the injury report yesterday; but Ngata said it was just a “precautionary” measure stemming from an ankle tweak in practice last week.
11:17-We’re back out at 1 Winning Drive today, where we’re expecting to hear from coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, and Jerry Rosburg today. I can’t help but wonder how much more this team has to work on before Sunday’s game with the Chiefs. I’d ask John Harbaugh, but he’d tell me it was a “tactical question” and wouldn’t really answer it.
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