Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Make Final Preparations for Patriots

October 02, 2009 | Glenn Clark

4:30-Friday Injury Report:

WR Derrick Mason-QUESTIONABLE-Illness
QB Troy Smith-QUESTIONABLE-Illness
LB Tavares Gooden-QUESTIONABLE-Head
LB Ray Lewis-PROBABLE-Head
LB Jarret Johnson-PROBABLE-Shoulder
LB Antwan Barnes-PROBABLE-Shoulder
DE Trevor Pryce-PROBABLE-Illness
TE Todd Heap-PROBABLE-Back
WR Kelley Washington-PROBABLE-Groin
DT Justin Bannan-PROBABLE-Knee

LB Jerod Mayo-DOUBTFUL-Knee
DT Vince Wilfork-QUESTIONABLE-Ankle
QB Tom Brady-PROBABLE-Shoulder
RB Laurence Maroney-PROBABLE-Thigh

2:06-Hear from John Harbaugh and my quick interview with Mark Clayton NOW in the Audio Vault at

1:53-I cannot BEGIN to describe how loose the Ravens locker room was today. It felt as if the guys had NO IDEA they had a football game scheduled for Sunday. The players were involved with a game of dodgeball (using members of the media as targets), blasting loud music, and even flicked the lights on and off.

When I asked Mark Clayton to describe the atmosphere in a word, he used “chaotic.” I wouldn’t disagree.

The only interesting tidbit to come from John Harbaugh today was his confirmation that “there is a chance” John Beck could be the #2 quarterback on Sunday with Troy Smith having missed practice this week as he battles the flu bug. Troy was at the facility (and in the locker room) today, but wasn’t making much contact with anyone.

12:38-Troy Smith was not present again during the part of practice open to the media (and a credit to John Harbaugh for making sure Friday’s walkthroughs are on the field the farthest away from us), he has missed this week battling what we believe to be the flu bug. Without any practice this week, it is possible that Troy’s status COULD be affected. I wouldn’t be stunned to see him de-activated (listed as the #3 QB) and John Beck activated. This is pure speculation, especially until we see the injury report this afternoon.

11:49-The Ravens practice with VERY loud noise piped in whether they are home or away. Today they are piping in noise so the offense is adjusted for Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Next week, they will pipe in noise so that the defense knows how to communicate in front of the home fans at M&T Bank Stadium.

Quick practice note: Jarrett Johnson and LJ Smith were late arrivals, possibly getting treatment for their various ailments (shoulder and hamstring respectively). Tavares Gooden appeared to be walking with a SLIGHT limp during special teams practice.

10:58-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens will put in their final day of preparation for their trip to New England Sunday. The only player who was missing from practice yesterday was Troy Smith, who has been battling the flu big that bothered Trevor Pryce and and Jared Gaither most recently. There’s no one else who appears to be of any concern when it comes to their status for Sunday in Foxborough.

The Ravens are clearly taking this flu bug seriously, as they have been bitten by it for weeks now. While players have not missed games, certainly they have missed valuable practice time.

To show you how seriously the Ravens are taking this flu battle, here is what greets you at the door out here at the facility….