OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens returned to work at 1 Winning Drive Monday following their 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Head Coach John Harbaugh held his weekly press conference Monday afternoon, here are some of the highlights from the session:
-Harbaugh had no update regarding the MRI on LB Tavares Gooden’s injured shoulder. “We’ll see, he’s got the MRI so I don’t know” said Harbaugh, adding the injury to Gooden “looks a little more serious because he had to get a MRI.” RB Ray Rice briefly left the field in Cincy with an ankle injury but was able to return. Harbaugh said Rice was out on the practice field Monday and “looked okay.”
-Harbaugh confirmed that CB Cary Williams had returned to the team Monday following a two game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The team has not made any roster decisions yet, but Harbaugh confirmed the team would do so before the 4pm deadline Tuesday. Should Gooden not be facing a long-term injury, potential candidates to be roster casualties are believed to include DT Lamar Divens, LB Jason Phillips and DE Paul Kruger. CB Prince Miller is not an option to be cut, his roster spot counts for the first three weeks after he was signed off the New England Patriots’ practice squad.
-Harbaugh declined to comment on whether or not the team considered pulling QB Joe Flacco at any point during the game for backup Marc Bulger, saying “there are a lot of conversations that take place. Some of them are meaningful and some of them aren’t.” When asked about whether it was difficult to hear fans clamor for a QB change, Harbaugh responded “I haven’t heard any of it, I haven’t seen any of it, so It’s no problem for me. Nobody’s got a better prospective on it than us in-house. We like our football team, we like our players. We’re not one bit concerned about our talent level at any position. We know we can win with the guys we’ve got and that’s what we intend to do.”
-When asked about the apparent frustration shown by WR Anquan Boldin during the game, Harbaugh said “I expect our guys to be frustrated if we’re not playing up to our capabilities as a team. That doesn’t bother me at all.” Harbaugh added “I think the main thing is that you corral that and you focus it on the next play and how you play football. Anquan does that, I think all of our guys do that for the vast most part.”
-Regarding the “animation” he used to describe the QB strike zone to an official Sunday, Harbaugh said “I’ll make sure that I let (Ron Marinucci) know that I was over the line in my animation.” As far as whether or not he expected to receive a fine from the NFL, Harbaugh thought he “should be okay.”
-Harbaugh said he had no update on the process of signing LB Sergio Kindle. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports reported Sunday that Kindle was expected to sign a one year tender as early as Monday.
NOTES: Hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……The Ravens are off Tuesday, they will return to work Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive to begin preparations for Sunday’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium……WJZ reported Monday that assistant Offensive Line Coach Andy Moeller was arrested Saturday morning for driving under the influence (DUI) and faces seven related charges. Moeller was arrested for DUI once before in Ann Arbor in 2007 while an assistant coach at Michigan.