OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (1-1) moved practice indoors at 1 Winning Drive Friday as they continued preparations for Sunday’s AFC North showdown with the Cleveland Browns (0-2) at M&T Bank Stadium.
LB Sergio Kindle officially joined the Ravens, having agreed to a one year deal with the team. Kindle was the team’s first overall pick (2nd round) out of Texas in the 2010 NFL Draft. Kindle will not practice or play for the Ravens this season, as he has been placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. Kindle fractured his skull in an accident in Austin the week before Training Camp opened, he will be able to participate in team activities.
Kindle told reporters Friday it “feels good to be around the team” after missing the entire preseason and nearly a month of the regular season due to the injury. He plans on being “the biggest cheerleader” the team will have.
Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh told reporters that “balance and reactions” were the biggest issues for Kindle as he tries to get back to football. However, Kindle swore there was a “150%” chance he would return to playing football at a high level. Kindle also confirmed he was diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2006, but says he doubts the disorder played a role in the accident that caused his injury. He confirmed he takes medication daily for the condition.
The former Longhorns star showed some lingering effects of the injury, as at times he could not tell what direction a reporter’s question was coming from.
Kindle will be an exclusive rights free agent following the season, meaning the Ravens will only need to tender him an offer should they decide to keep him. As far as the money he lost by not signing a slotted contract based on his position in the Draft, Kindle had a positive outlook. “When the time comes, I’ll play my way into (a more lucrative deal).”
PRACTICE UPDATE: LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), OT Jared Gaither (back) and WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Players listed as probable include FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder), WR Derrick Mason (knee), TE Todd Heap (shoulder), LB Jarret Johnson (back), LB Jameel McClain (knee), DT Haloti Ngata (back), RB Ray Rice (ankle) and LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee).
All other Ravens players were not listed on the final injury report. DT Terrence Cody has not been listed on the injury report for more than a week, but missed the team’s Week 2 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals as he recovered from an August 31 knee procedure. Cody said his status for Sunday is still up in the air, as the team “has a whole bunch of defensive linemen that are playing really good right now.” When asked if he could end up not being active despite being healthy, Cody simply responded “I don’t know.”
In Berea, the Browns announced that C Shaun Lauvao (ankle) will miss Sunday’s game. LB D’Qwell Jackson (chest), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring) and QB Jake Delhomme are all listed as doubtful to play. With Delhomme not expected to play, backup QB Seneca Wallace is expected to get the start. LB Marcus Benard (ankle), RB Jerome Harrison (thigh), WR Carlton Mitchell (head), DT Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip) and RB Lawrence Vickers (illness) are all questionable to play.
LB Eric Barton (hip), WR Joshua Cribbs (ankle), TE Evan Moore (head), CB Derrick Roberson (hip), LB Matt Roth (foot), DL Brian Schaefering (wrist), DE Robaire Smith (ankle), OL. John St. Clair (foot), OT Joe Thomas (elbow) and G Floyd Womack (knee) are all listed as probable for Sunday’s game.
RAVENS VOTE TO DECERTIFY: NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith was in Owings Mills Friday, where the Ravens voted to authorize the union to de-certify should a lockout in 2011 become inevitable. Decertifications would allow the union to sue the NFL in case of a lockout. The Ravens became the 9th team in the league to approve decertification, as 40 players voted unanimously to do so. The New York Jets voted unanimously to approve Thursday, the Buffalo Bills will vote Monday
CB Chris Carr joined Rex Snider & Nestor Aparicio on “The Friday Football Frenzy” Friday afternoon on AM1570 WNST to discuss the vote. You can listen to that conversation now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net Carr and TE Todd Heap are the team’s player representatives. The team voted Carr, WR Derrick Mason and C Matt Birk as reps for next year.
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Kindle, DE Trevor Pryce, L. McClain and Cody NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net…..Early Friday, Weather.com (The Weather Channel) called for showers Sunday, and temperatures around 70 degrees. When asked how the team prepares for games when rain is in the forecast, Harbaugh responded “we practice with wet balls and those kind of things during the course of the year.” Harbaugh admitted that the weather this week has prevented his team from being fully prepared for rain Sunday. “We’re definitely prepared for a hot, humid day this week-but we’re not going to get that.” Later in the day, the forecast was updated and the rain appears to not be coming until Sunday night……Harbaugh said the Ravens moved practice inside Friday due to that 90+ degree heat. The Ravens will be playing a regular season game on the new “Momentum 51″ surface at M&T Bank Stadium for the first time Sunday, the new surface was installed in May……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday and will stay at the team hotel downtown Saturday night before Sunday’s game. Saturday’s walkthrough is closed to the media