Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh “Hopeful” Ngata Will Play Sunday

November 04, 2009 | Glenn Clark

5:00-INJURY REPORT: Ravens-

LB Prescott Burgess -DID NOT PARTICIPATE- Illness
S Haruki Nakamura -DID NOT PARTICIPATE- Chest
CB Frank Walker -DID NOT PARTICIPATE- Illness
S Tom Zbikowski -DID NOT PARTICIPATE- Illness
TE Todd Haep -LIMITED- Ankle
FB Le’Ron McClain -LIMITED- Shoulder
LB Jarret Johnson -FULL- Shoulder

FB Jeremi Johnson – LIMITED – Knee
S Tom Nelson – LIMITED – Shoulder
S Roy Williams – LIMITED – Forearm
RB Bernard Scott – FULL- Knee
OT Andre Smith – FULL – Foot

2:02-Ray Rice:

-“I think the no huddle offense is great… rattles a defense.”
-No huddle “easier to run at home.”
-Joe is “poised” in no huddle.”
-Division games are “like playoff games.”

1:59-Joe Flacco:

-It’s “pretty obvious” what Kelley Washington brings to the team, “especially on 3rd down.”
-He enjoys the no huddle; it “gets your team in a rhythm, wears a defense out.”
-“You know when you’ve got Jared (Gaither) out there, you’re going to have a pretty good day.”

1:53-Ray Lewis:

-Said he had “true belief” Lardarius Webb would return opening kick of 2nd half for a TD. After Lardarius scored, Ray asked him “Do you believe me now?”
-Greg Mattison is “an old school coach” who “treats you completely like a man” and “wants to know your input.”
-Playing alongside young linebackers Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe means Ray has to “focus on getting those guys lined up”…..Ray praised them, saying they all “run very well.”
-Hasn’t been able to watch much of Bengals LB Rey Maualuga, but knows from watching him at USC that he “likes flying to the ball.”
-He hasn’t really talked to Ochocinco since the hit at the end of the first game (about football anyway); but said he’d be ready to hit him again “if he comes in there.”
1:49-Derrick Mason:

-Derrick opened his press conference by asking “What are you all gonna do without me in a year?” This is interesting, as Derrick has just this year left on his contract.
-Bengals “did what they needed to do” to win the first game between the two teams; now Ravens “have to put it back on an even playing (field).”
-Bengals are playing “lights out” defensively.
-Teams “can’t cover me single coverage.”
-Cincinnati “did a good job…..of totally taking me out of the game” the first time the Ravens played the Bengals
-“The best trash talker I’ve ever seen was Marvin Harrison. He said nothing, but he beat you every play.”

1:46-Ed Reed:

-When asked if he reads what Chad Ochocinco has to say on Twitter: “next question.”
-Bengals game “just another football game….we know what’s at stake.”
-Missing the punt block Sunday against the Broncos was a “rookie mistake.”
-Cedric Benson gives the Bengals “somebody else you gotta pay attention to.”
-When informed that Carson Palmer called him a future Hall of Famer: “I could care less about” that type of stuff.

1:38-Plenty of players and coaches met with the media today. I am going to attempt to give you a sprinkling of things we heard around the facility, starting with head coach John Harbaugh:

-Joe Flacco “gets better every week.”
-“I don’t think (revenge against Bengals) is a motivator”; thinks team is motivated by “highly contested” AFC North race
-Ray Lewis is “a visionary leader.”
-“We didn’t have to spend a lot of time” looking at Bengals…..”we know them pretty well.”
-“We’re hopeful” Haloti Ngata can play Sunday
-Carson Palmer “one of the premiere quarterbacks” in the NFL

1:29-John Harbaugh told us he was “hopeful” Haloti Ngata will return from his sprained ankle Sunday against the Bengals. However, the big man was not seen working out with other other defensive linemen during the portion of practice open to the media. More from Harbaugh and others shortly, after I join Bob Haynie on AM1570 WNST.

12:55-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at……

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
LB/DE Terrell Suggs
LB Ray Lewis
CB Domonique Foxworth
CB/KR Laradrius Webb
S Ed Reed

11:10-Highlights from Carson Palmer:

-Mattison gave Bengals “a few different looks” in first matchup than Rex Ryan did previously
-Unlikely to change much from first game, “why change what works?”
-Cedric Benson gives Bengals more of a “power running game”-“AFC North mentality”
-Jarret Johnson not a guy “we overlook”
-Bengals “Not worried about playoff implications”
-Sang praises of Ravens defense, including Ray Lewis

11:04-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where we are expecting to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and more today as the Ravens transition into preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

The ankle injury suffered by Haloti Ngata in the win over the Denver Broncos is the most pressing issue facing the team, so we’ll hope to find him floating around the locker room-or we’ll have to wait for this afternoon’s injury report to get a real idea as to what might be going on there.

We’re scheduled to hear from Carson Palmer on a media conference call momentarily.