OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh held the first of his weekly regular season press conferences today at 1 Winning Drive.
Amongst the highlights from today’s conversation:
-Harbaugh says TE Todd Heap “should practice tomorrow” despite suffering a shoulder injury during the Ravens’ penultimate possession Monday night at New Meadowlands Stadium. “It looks like he’s okay” added Harbaugh regarding the former Pro Bowl TE; who dove for a Joe Flacco pass on first down, making a spectacular catch in the process.
-When asked if scratching CB Lardarius Webb from the win over the New York Jets had more to do with pain Webb was feeling or something in warmups the coaches weren’t seeing, Harbaugh responded “all of the above.” He added that Webb was still going through the “healing process” after returning from a torn ACL and the team does not want to rush him back. Regarding his status for Sunday afternoon’s AFC North tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium, Harbaugh said “I thought he had a chance to play last week, he wasn’t able to do it. I think he has a chance to play this week…it’s going to be his decision in the end.”
-Harbaugh said Tom Zbikowski’s performance as punt returner was “disappointing”, but said he had a “good conversation” with Zbikowski on the train ride home from East Rutherford and believes the safety “will learn from” his performance. However, Harbaugh did not commit to Zbikowski continuing to be the permanent option at punt returner, saying CB Chris Carr could still be in the mix.
-Harbaugh thought OL Marshal Yanda and OL Chris Chester “did really well” after being shuffled into roles as RT and RG respectively. “I think they’re ready to do it” said Harbaugh, who said Yanda would continue to be a long term option if starting RT Jared Gaither is unable to return.
-Harbaugh said he had no update on rookie LB Sergio Kindle, who remains unsigned. “I wish I did” said Harbaugh. Kindle was in Charm City last weekend to be looked over by neurologists. Harbaugh did not field questions about injured Ravens Gaither (back), DT Terrence Cody (knee) or OLB/DE Paul Kruger (shoulder).
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……The Ravens reached injury settlements with OT Stefan Rodgers (ankle) and OL David Hale (tailbone), both of whom had been on Injured Reserve. Both are no longer on the team’s roster……Bill Macatee and former Oakland Raiders QB Rich Gannon will call Sunday’s Ravens-Bengals game for CBS, which can be seen locally on WJZ 13……The Ravens return to the practice field tomorrow; Harbaugh, Flacco, RB Ray Rice, LB Ray Lewis, WR Derrick Mason and others are expected to be available in formal media sessions. The Cincinnati Bengals will provide conference calls with coach Marvin Lewis and WR Chad Ochocinco for members of the Baltimore media.