Live From Owings Mills: Jared Gaither Not at Practice Again

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Clark

2:38-David Tyree will join Drew Forrester tomorrow morning on “The Comcast Morning Show” at 6:20am on AM1570 WNST and online at WNST.net

2:26-After leaving the locker room before the media could enter following the Ravens’ loss to Cincinnati Sunday, Ray Lewis addressed his hit on Chad Ochocinco on the final drive:

-Does he expect to get fined?: “probably”
-”Would I do it over? No.” (he said that in a “If you could do it differently, would you?” sense.)
-”I never play this game to hurt anybody”

Ray also addressed the news that Matt Stover had signed with the Colts; saying Stover is “a first class act” going to “a first class program.”

Chad Ochocinco had a unique description of the play last night when he was broadcasting live on UStream. See it here.

2:21-Derrick Mason addressed his zero catch performance against the Bengals by offering the following thoughts:

-”I gotta run better routes, I gotta find a way to get open” even when double or triple teamed.
-”I’ll put that on me, but that’ll never happen again. I’m gonna go my damndest to get open. I gotta do a little bit more.”
-When asked if he felt a bit of panic about the thought of going into the bye week on a 3 game losing streak, Mason said “leaders don’t panic.”

2:16-Matt Birk is making his first trip back to Minnesota since leaving the Vikings in the offseason to come to Baltimore. Birk was born in St. Paul and spent his entire life there until going to college at Harvard. Here are some of his thoughts on returning to the Twin Cities….

-”I don’t know what it’s going to be like” going back; also said he doesn’t know if it’s going to feel “weird”
-There is a “huge disadvantage” for opponents playing inside the Metrodome with the crowd noise trapped inside
-His favorite memory of the Dome is going there for a Twins game for his 5th birthday-the first year of the Dome.

2:01-Ravens players and coaches were not short on praise to heap towards the Minnesota Vikings and the Metrodome atmosphere today. Here is a smattering….

Harbaugh:
-on Jared Allen: there’s “no one with a higher motor”, he’s “relentless”, “unique in his way”
-on Kevin and Pat Williams: they’re “not just run stuffers”, they’re “good in pass rush too.” Combined with EJ Henderson they’re “as good of a front 4 and MIKE LB as you’re gonna see in the National Football League.”
-on Adrian Peterson: he’s “phenomenal”….you have to play “great team defense” against him
-on Percy Harvin: he’s “a playmaker.”
-on Brett Favre: he’s “just awesome.”

Flacco:
-”they’re a good defense.”
-on facing Favre: “definitely” a cool thing
-on Metrodome crowd: he thinks it will be “a little bit louder” than other road venues

Ray Lewis:
-on Adrian Peterson: “He plays the game the way the game should be played.”
-on Brett Favre: “True warrior, very unpredictable”; “patience” is key to defending him
-on the Metrodome “electricity is awesome.”

1:50-David Tyree told us he feels like he is just “another piece of the puzzle” here in Baltimore, but he is ready to contribute. He does not expect to see the field as a wide receiver (he doesn’t know much of anything about the playbook anyway), but certainly intends to make an impact on Special Teams. He told us that after meeting with the Ravens a few weeks ago, the organization told him he was “a Raven”, but he needed some time to get healthy and ready to play.

It appears as though the Tyree move can be most attributed to the loss of Brendon Ayanbadejo; as Tyree will both be expected to make an impact AND be a leader defensively.

John Harbaugh chose not to discuss what type of role Tyree might have, but did offer that the Ravens are “excited to have David Tyree” on the team and that Tyree is a “tough, hard-nosed guy.”

1:43-Jared Gaither disappeared from the locker room before I was finished with the guys at the podium, but I was given information from the reporters who DID talk to him regarding what he said. Gaither apparently was pretty adamant that he was “going to play” Sunday in Minnesota, but still didn’t appear to have much movement in his neck. Gaither was not out at practice again today during the portion open for media viewing; and the common thought amongst those of us who cover the team is that Gaither is “unlikely” to play. However, there is nothing scientific about that thought. TE Edgar Jones (hamstring) DID practice.

1:15-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
C Matt Birk
DT Haloti Ngata
LB Ray Lewis
CB Domonique Foxworth
ST/WR David Tyree

12:56-Highlights from Brett Favre’s teleconference with Baltimore media:

-Ravens’ defense is “a lot like ours”, “they’re good.”
-”I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for” Ray Lewis
-Ed Reed is “a little bit similar” to his current teammate Darren Sharper, Reed has more speed. “He takes gambles, he’s able to rebound.”
-Even when Adrian Peterson is “held in check”, he’s still “a threat.” Peterson “can take nothing and give you 70″
-He remembers his win over the Ravens in 2001 with the Packers “quite well.”
-”I’m trying to play within what I’m capable of doing.”
-He thinks Ravens know they could’ve won their last two games and doesn’t necessarily think Ravens will be “desperate.”

11:12-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the media room has been abuzz regarding the news that Matt Stover will sign with the Indianapolis Colts today, as their kicker Adam Vinatieri is expected to miss 4-8 weeks due to knee surgery. With the Ravens playing the Colts November 22 at M&T Bank Stadium, this would almost certainly mean Stover would kick that day in blue and white.

Any emotions to share?

Other things we’re thinking about out here:
-What will Jared Gaither look like today? It is totally possible Jared will be out of the locker room before we’re finished at the podium, but we’re hoping to get an update on his neck at some point today.
-What will David Tyree’s role be? Not like John Harbaugh will tell us, but we’ll hope to find out.
-How are the Vikings preparing for the Ravens? Brad Childress and Brett Favre speak to the Baltimore media today.

I will personally miss Childress, as his teleconference is scheduled at the same time John Harbaugh hits the podium. Favre is scheduled for 12:40, so I will try to get that to you. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates.

-G

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