OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (8-4) returned to work Thursday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for their Monday Night Football showdown with the Houston Texans (9-3) at Reliant Stadium.
LB Ray Lewis was asked Thursday about the $40,000 fine the NFL handed down to fellow LB Jameel McClain for a hit on Steelers TE Heath Miller in the team’s Week 13 loss to Pittsburgh at M&T Bank Stadium.
“I told him I might try to help him” said Lewis. “But that’s a rough one.”
Lewis defended McClain’s play.
“When I saw the hit, I’m like ‘good hit'” said the future Hall of Famer. “From there (in) the next two days you hear $40,000 and you’re like ‘Wow. For real? For a hit?'”
Lewis said Ravens teammates would pitch in to help McClain pay the fine.
“$40,000 is $40,000; so we can do what we gotta do whatever we can do for him to definitely help him out.”
Lewis seemed convinced that nothing will change the NFL’s policy for levying major fines for devastating hits.
“They’re gonna do it regardless, and that’s what’s frustrating. It’s gonna happen. I think guys just gotta keep moving on because they have a plan in play right now and they’re gonna execute it from what they’ve shown. It doesn’t matter what you say, it doesn’t matter what you try to do. If you deal with it long enough, you’re gonna drive yourself crazy. Play the game, have fun and hopefully those things don’t come your way.”
PRACTICE REPORT: TE Todd Heap (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday. He was forced to leave the Ravens’ Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in the first quarter. Heap is not expected to be available Monday night.
All other Ravens were on the practice field Thursday and are expected to be available Monday night. CB Fabian Washington (thigh) was a limited participant, FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle) was a full participant.
The Texans released a lengthy injury report Thursday. TE Garrett Graham (hamstring), WR Andre Johnson (ankle) and DE Mario Williams (groin) did not participate in practice.
LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring), G Mike Brisiel (shoulder), LB Brian Cushing (knee), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), TE Joel Dreesen (ribs), CB Glover Quin (hand), QB Matt Schaub (knee) and OT Eric Winston (shoulder) were all full participants.
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Lewis, QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice and CB Chris Carr now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……TE Ed Dickson joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well. FB Jason McKie is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 7:15…..The Texans have announced that they will wear red uniforms Monday night as part of a “Battle Red” promotion……The Ravens will return to practice Friday. Coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg are expected to meet with the media