Live From Owings Mills: Ray Lewis Fined $25k, No Gaither at Practice

October 16, 2009 | Glenn Clark

3:30-INJURY REPORT:

Ravens:
OT Jared Gaither-DOUBTFUL-Neck
WR Mark Clayton-PROBABLE-Shoulder
LB Jarret Johnson-PROBABLE-Shoulder
TE Edgar Jones-PROBABLE-Hamstring
DT Haloti Ngata-PROBABLE-Back
WR David Tyree-PROBABLE-Hamstring

Vikings:
WR Darius Reynaud-DOUBTFUL-Hamstring
WR Percy Harvin-QUESTIONABLE-Shoulder
OT Phil Loadholt-QUESTIONABLE-Ankle
DE Ray Edwards-PROBABLE-Hamstring
CB Cedric Griffin-PROBABLE-Hand
OG Steve Hutchinson-PROBABLE-Back
FB Naufahu Tahi-PROBABLE-Ankle

2:04-When approached in the locker room, Ray Lewis declined comment regarding his $25,000 fine or appeal. He said he’s only thinking about “Minnesota.”

1:55-If you want to read between the lines a bit on Harbaugh’s Matt Birk comments, I think we can confirm that the guys are really going to rally around their center this week-and would be a likely target for a Gatorade bath should the Ravens pull off an upset. This team loves playing with some sort of emotional edge. Between the criticism both players and coaches have received and Matt’s return; I think they will have extra motivation-which they may need.

1:46-The players were again in a very good mood following today’s walkthrough, and even John Harbaugh was particularly pleasant during his meeting with the media today. Here are a few highlights….

-Regarding Jared Gaither: “we’re hopeful (he’ll play despite missing practice)…he’s been through all the walkthroughs, he’s been in all the meetings….he thinks he’s getting close.”
-Regarding $25k fine for Ray Lewis: “I’m disappointed.” Ray is maybe the “greatest sportsman that I’ve met”, plays “clean.” Harbs also discussed the kick that Ray was fined for, saying he believes it was an “inadvertent trip.”
-He said Brett Favre has a “great feel” for checkdowns, and knows that former Raven Chester Taylor is amongst the league leaders in 3rd down receptions.
-On having to practice indoors due to the weather: “We had plans to come inside anyway” with Sunday’s game being inside Metrodome.
-On Matt Birk’s return to Minnesota: “We’ll be there for Matt…..we’ll have Matt’s back.”
-On trade deadline: “It’s hard to anticipate activity…..so hard to make trades in NFL.”

I also spoke briefly with CB/KR Lardarius Webb, who many of you have told us you think should be on the field more as a Defensive Back. Webb said he trusts the guys who are out on the field and is just looking to learn from them.

You can hear from both John Harbaugh and Lardarius Webb NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. You can also hear from Justin Bannan, who joined Drew Forrester this morning on The Comcast Morning Show.

12:29-ESPN’s Adam Schefter has Tweeted that the fine for Ray Lewis was for TWO plays-both the hit on Ochocinco and also for kicking an opposing player in the 4th quarter of the loss to Cincinnati.

12:15-I am probably making a mistake by even doing this; but Listener Joe emailed us this picture this morning-which is apparently of Ray’s hit on Chad Ochocinco. I do not own this picture, I cannot confirm anything about it-and I would also warn that no matter what it LOOKS like in the still photo-it was a BRUTAL hit to a defenseless receiver, who had no chance to make a play. The officials did the right thing, but I do not believe Ray intended to hurt Ochocinco on the play. It DID appear as though he was trying to make a statement, game closing hit instead of just making a football play.

But I’m passing it along, in hopes that a “See, this is just further proof that the NFL is out to get us” response doesn’t come.

hit

Here is the video again…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqBo9u3wjRU[/youtube]

12:00-Twitter follower @lessick passed this along from The Onion: “Kyle Boller Asks Center to Stop Snapping Ball So Hard

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11:48-Jared Gaither was not present again for the first part of practice today; it appears as though he will be DNP once more. Haloti Ngata (back) and Jarret Johnson (shoulder) were present once again. Ed Reed was not present-but that just means it’s Friday. He’ll be listed with a neck/shoulder; but is not a concern.

11:13-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens are holding a final walkthrough in preparation for Sunday’s trip to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Some quick notes:

-ESPN reported this morning that Ray Lewis has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for his hit on Chad Ochocinco last Sunday in the Ravens’ loss to the Bengals. According to Chris Mortensen, Ray intends to appeal the fine.
-Jared Gaither has yet to practice this week, despite telling reporters he would play Sunday. I would be surprised to see him on the field Sunday against the Vikes; but if he were somehow able to practice today I would certainly say he has a chance. His ability to move his neck from left to right is a major issue.
-I am hoping to address the “chip on their shoulder” factor with John Harbaugh today. I never know how he is going to react to questions-and he rarely answers relevant ones-so we’ll see. But John has not exactly hidden from motivational tactics in the past. He made clear to his team that they were hand-picked to be sacrificed to the Cowboys by Jerry Jones for the last game in Texas Stadium. His team has rallied around players and assistant coaches with ties to their opponents (i.e. Cam Cameron against the Dolphins, Rex Ryan against his brother Rob Ryan and the Raiders, Willie Anderson against the Bengals, John Matsko earlier this season against the Chiefs). With negative attention around Greg Mattison and the defense this week, it would not stun me if Harbs was trying to use it as motivation. He’ll never give us an honest answer, but I might try to get at least a general thought about motivating factors.

We’re heading to practice now, talk to you shortly.

-G

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