OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (11-4) returned to 1 Winning Drive Monday, less than 24 hours removed from a 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns (5-10) at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Ravens began the process of looking ahead to their regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals (4-11) Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
During his weekly press conference, Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed LS Morgan Cox suffered a torn ACL in the team’s win over the Browns and will miss the rest of the season.
Harbaugh confirmed Cox also suffered a third degree MCL sprain in the victory.
The team plans to hold long snapper tryouts Tuesday at the facility.
“We’ll bring in a good long snapper and short snapper” said Harbaugh. “Somebody that has been a pro, who has done it before; and we’ll be okay.”
Harbaugh praised Cox for being able to play through the injury in Sunday’s win over the team’s AFC North rival.
“It would have been tough to win the game without him” said the coach. “For him to gut it out the way he did was one of the keys to the victory.”
Former Ravens LS Matt Katula signed with the New England Patriots earlier this season. Nick Sundberg-who had joined the team’s practice squad late in the 2009 season-is now with the Washington Redskins.
INJURY REPORT: Harbaugh said the team “played it safe” by not activating TE Todd Heap (hamstring) for the Week 16 victory. Harbaugh said Heap “probably could have played”, but the team didn’t want to risk anything. “I’d say he’s got a great chance for this week” said the coach. Heap has not played since being forced to leave the team’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter.
TE Dennis Pitta (concussion) is day-to-day after being forced to leave the Cleveland game early, WR David Reed (concussion) remains day-to-day after missing the Week 16 win.
Harbaugh said LB Tavares Gooden is “pretty sore” after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the win over the Browns. Harbaugh didn’t seem to think Gooden would be at risk of missing the team’s Week 17 finale, noting “I think he’s going to be okay.”
Harbaugh S Tom Zbikowski (back) would be unlikely to return for the Cincinnati game. “I’m not real optimistic for this week” said the coach.
Harbaugh did confirm that the team will not move Zbikowski to Injured Reserve (IR) despite having not played since leaving the team’s Week 14 win over the Houston Texans early.
“We’re not going to do anything as far as IR. We think he’s got a good chance to get back for the playoffs. He was running around today a little bit. We’ll keep our fingers crossed, but I’m hopeful for the first round of the playoffs.”
HARBAUGH RESPONDS TO KINDLE ARREST: Harbaugh commented Monday for the first time about the Sunday DUI arrest of LB Sergio Kindle, the team’s first selection (2nd round) in the 2010 NFL Draft.
“We’re disappointed” said Harbaugh. “It’s not something we wanted for Sergio, it’s not something we wanted.”
Harbaugh said he met with Kindle Monday morning, where the would-be rookie out of Texas expressed remorse for making a “big mistake.” Harbaugh added “he’s better than that, he knows that.”
The coach described Kindle as now having “a track record for making really poor decisions.” Harbaugh stated emphatically “that’s a problem.”
The coach said the team will now defer to the legal process with Kindle.
Kindle has spent the entire season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list after suffering a fractured skull in an accident at a friend’s house in Austin just before the start of Training Camp.
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……CB Chris Carr joined Drew Forrester Monday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well……Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will call the Ravens’ regular season finale for CBS……The Ravens will be off Tuesday (mandatory NFL off day) before returning to practice Wednesday