Live from Owings Mills: Ray Lewis Returns to Practice

November 27, 2009 | Glenn Clark

4:29-INJURY REPORT-Ravens:

DOUBTFUL:
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)

QUESTIONABLE:
LB Ray Lewis (foot)
S Ed Reed (foot, illness)

PROBABLE:
C Matt Birk (neck)
TE Todd Heap (ribs)
LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder)
QB Troy Smith (illness)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)

STEELERS-

OUT:
QB Charlie Batch (wrist)
OL Chris Kemoeatu (knee)
S Troy Polamalu (knee)

QUESTIONABLE:
DE Travis Kirschke (calf)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (concussion)

PROBABLE:
RB Willie Parker (hip)

2:22 Here are some things we overheard from the coordinators today, starting with Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron:

-Ravens “always want” to get more players involved in the offense, but it’s “easier said than done.”
-Steelers are “still an outstanding defense”, even without Troy Polamalu
-New FB Charles Ali has “been in the system” (thanks to his time with Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland) and “could be an option” to play Sunday
-Steelers are “not trying to fool you….especially on 1st and 2nd down.”
-Said Ravens’ version of “Suggs Package” is different than “Wildcat” offense used by other NFL teams because Ravens use their 2nd quarterback (Troy Smith). That being said, “you may see it again.”
-Ravens/Steelers rivalry full of “physical, hard nosed good football players.”

Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison:

-Jameel McClain “keeps improving”, was Ravens best option at SAM LB position
-Jarret Johnson is a “tremendous football player”, having no problems with move to rush LB position
-On health of Terrell Suggs: Ravens “will never play anybody until he’s ready.” Terrell is “doing everything he can do” to return.
-Ben Roethlisberger is “so strong”, Ravens defenders have to “do anything (they) can to get him down.”
-Big Ben plays “streetball” when he gets outside of the pocket; Ravens putting a “big emphasis” on staying with their man when he starts to improvise.
-Ravens “spied” Roethlisberger last year, but only had a 3 man rush in the process

Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg:

-Steelers have been allowing kick return TD’s because opponents are “making plays” on kick returns. (They have allowed 4 in their last 5 games)
-Ravens “trust judgment” of PR Chris Carr on when to return, when to call for fair catch; but they “haven’t capitalized” on some returnable balls.
-Ed Reed’s lateral at the end of the Colts game was “quite unfortunate”, but team “still wants Ed making those plays.”

2:10-Hear from Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Also, Paul Kruger joined Drew Forrester this morning on The Comcast Morning Show on AM1570 WNST, you can hear from him as well.

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12:32-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens are in the midst of their final workout before their Sunday Night Football battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens are working outside today so that they can be prepared for whatever weather they’ll face during their primetime matchup. According to Weather.com, it is supposed to be mostly sunny with a high of 60 degrees. The wind was a major factor during special teams practice-altering a number of Sam Koch’s punts, Billy Cundiff’s kicks, and the way Lardarius Webb and Chris Carr tried to catch the ball.

Ray Lewis (foot) returned to the practice field today; however Ed Reed (foot) and Terrell Suggs (knee) remained out. The Ravens will probably list Suggs as “questionable” on their final report-but don’t expect to see him Sunday. Reed tends to be held out on Fridays anyway-but if he didn’t get out there after the media was kicked out; he will have missed an entire week of practice. He WOULD however be the type of player John Harbaugh would trust to play without practicing.

Ed Hochuli’s crew will officiate Sunday night’s game.

We are scheduled to hear from coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg shortly.

-G

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