Live from Owings Mills: Harbaugh Says Fabian Washington Expected to Miss Season with Torn ACL

November 23, 2009 | Glenn Clark

4:22-Despite the fact that John Harbaugh said it was what they were going to do, I actually believe that the Ravens will NOT just rely on Lardarius Webb to fill in for Fabian Washington. As well as Lardarius has looked at times this season; he does not possess great man coverage skills; and would be picked on by every quarterback the Ravens would play the rest of the way (including Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers).

They will certainly look to have Chris Carr and Frank Walker pitch in; possibly KJ Gerard as well. I expect them to try to make a move to add depth in their secondary with Washington and Nakamura having gone down in back to back weeks-I do not believe new practice squad CB Marcus Paschal fits into those plans.

For the record, I also don’t think they’ll be looking for someone from the UFL whose season is coming to a close.

But I guess you never know……

4:17-The Ravens will be giving away rally towels outside M&T Bank Stadium Sunday night in anticipation for the big showdown with the Steelers on NBC. (Really? Does any other team in the NFL waive towels at games?)

Drew Forrester is excited to waive his towel…..

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The towels are being given away in partnership with Under Armour, and to help benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

4:16-Obviously, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call Sunday night’s game for NBC. Andrea Kramer will join them on the sideline.

4:12-Hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net!

3:41-Here are highlights from John Harbaugh:

-Ravens facing “six game season” starting Sunday night.
-Fabian Washington “looks like he has an ACL tear”…..Ravens proceeding as if he’ll be out for season
-Said Timeout/Challenge situation “bad job on my part.”
-He’s not concerned about how much Ray Rice and Derrick Mason are getting the ball
-on deferring after winning toss: “I think our defense is a good defense. I like the way we’re playing defense right now.”
-Ed Reed AND Jerry Rosburg combined to make decision to have Reed on the field for final punt return
-Harbaugh thought Ed Reed’s knee was down AND he attempted a forward lateral on final punt return.
-Reed made “over-aggressive” play, much like his decision to call timeout was an “over-aggressive” decision.
-Harbaugh talked to Reed this morning at length; but believes Ed played his best game of the season yesterday.
-”If Terrell (Suggs) can play, he’ll be playing.”
-Didn’t think the possibility that Jared Gaither may have jumped had anything to do with Gary Brackett’s interception of Joe Flacco.
-Harbs wouldn’t confirm how Ravens will use Lardarius Webb, Chris Carr and Frank Walker with Fabian Washington apparently out; nor what it would mean with Lardarius returning kicks.
-”The final 6 games make the season.”
-Ravens need to get better at “picking up the slack” for each other.
-Offensive problems are not just “one thing.”

3:32-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with the media briefly for his weekly Monday chat. There will certainly be plenty of things Coach will be asked to re-hash stemming from Sunday’s 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that dropped the Ravens to 5-5; and there will also be plenty of questions regarding this Sunday’s showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football at M&T Bank Stadium-a game that will have major implications on the AFC Wild Card Race.

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-G

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