5:47- INJURY REPORT – Ravens:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
WR Mark Clayton (hamstring / knee)
OT Jared Gaither (foot)
OL David Hale (head)
LB Jarret Johnson (back)
S Ed Reed(groin/foot)
TE LJ Smith (ankle)
K Billy Cundiff (head)
DT Brandon McKinney (back)
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)
QB Joe Flacco (hip/ankle/knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
DT Grady Jackson (knee)
QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder)
LB Ernie Sims (hamstring)
DE Dewayne White (toe)
S Louis Delmas (ankle)
OT Daniel Loper (back)
P Nick Harris (left knee)
CB Will James (neck)
2:59-Lots of other notes from around the facility today….
-Daunte Culpepper is a “very very good quarterback (with) a strong arm.” He “probably has a free wheeling attitude” at this point in his career. You “have to be a little but more leery of the scramble” with Culpepper than they would have with Matthew Stafford.
-He has told Ed Reed in the past “I don’t wanna be standing out there when you’re not out there.” He added that “Ed Reed will go if he can go” but “Tom Zbikowski did a nice job” against Green Bay.
-He doesn’t believe it is only the Ravens DB’s “who are frustrated” with the way pass interference has been called. He also credited the members of the secondary because “they go out there and battle as hard as they can battle.”
-On officials: “I would never say they’re out to get the Ravens.”
-Calvin Johnson is a “great, great receiver. He goes after every ball as if it’s the last one.”
-“Billy (Cundiff) was out best option” for kicks even after suffering concussion at beginning of Monday Night Football game.
-He could not identify a contingency plan if Cundiff were to come down with post-concussion headaches and couldn’t kick on Sunday. He said that if the team found out Saturday that Cundiff couldn’t go (similar to how the Steelers found out 2 Saturdays ago that Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t go against the Ravens), he would approach Ozzie Newsome with John Harbaugh about making a roster move.
-He said that neither of the short “squib” kicks Cundiff kicked against the Packers were actually supposed to be normal, deep kickoffs.
-“We’re confident” in Chris Carr as punt returner, Lardarius Webb and Carr both have “a lot on (their) plate(s).”
-Joe (Flacco)’s “health has not been a factor” in struggles..
-There was “absolutely not” a lack of urgency in the final minutes of the Packers game…..”we (just) didn’t execute.”
-“We gotta take care of the football in the scoring zone. We expect to move the football, but (we) gotta finish drives.”
-Offensive line is a “prideful group” with “high expectations”; but the struggles on Monday night were a “collective effort” offensively, not just mistakes by the line.
-Lions use a “8 or 9 man front”, allowing “single coverage” in secondary.
-Not having Chris Chester start gives Ravens “flexibility” as he can play other positions (like TE).
-Haloti Ngata was named to the “All-Fundamentals Team” by USA Football and the NFLPA. He received a silver helmet for the honor, and responded by saying “this is pretty cool.” USA Football recognized him for his outstanding “footwork and leverage.” Other players honored include Redskins LB London Fletcher, Steelers S Troy Polamalu, Browns OT Joe Thomas, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and Saints QB Drew Brees.
-Hear from Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, Jerry Rosburg, Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Also, Lions TE Dan Gronkowski (a former Maryland Terrapin) joined Bob Haynie this afternoon on AM1570 WNST, you can hear that in the Audio Vault as well. Lions PBP Voice Dan Miller joned Drew Forrester this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show” as well. Ravens G Marshal Yanda will join Drew Forrester TOMORROW morning at 7:30am, and Lions coach and Baltimore native Jim Schwartz will join Nestor Aparicio tomorrow afternoon on “Limited Access.”
-Brian Billick confirmed with Drew Forrester this morning that he will be calling the Ravens/Bears game NEXT Sunday for FOX. It will be the first time Billick has done color for a Ravens game since being dismissed as head coach. Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan will call the Lions game Sunday for FOX.
-Justin Harper is playing the role of Calvin Johnson in practice; even donning Marcus Smith’s #81 jersey to help the effect.
-Art Modell was here; as were former Baltimore Colts Joe Ehrmann and Lenny Moore. Lenny is a very frequent guest, Ehrmann and Modell make less frequent visits.
2:51-Terrell Suggs told us today that while his knee was feeling “better”, he wasn’t sure whether he’d be ready to face the Lions on Sunday. He told us it would likely have to do with how he felt Saturday night and Sunday morning; instead of a situation where he’d need to go warm up before the game to tell if he’d be ready.
Suggs also told us he couldn’t comment on the restraining order/lawsuit involving alleged girlfriend Candace Williams. Suggs said he would answer questions about it as soon as he was allowed to; but didn’t believe the situation would be any sort of distraction to him or the team.
1:16-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens continue preparations for Sunday’s contest with the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens hit the practice field around lunch-time today, and when they did, the same group of players that missed practice yesterday weren’t working again today. WR Mark Clayton (hamstring), OT Jared Gaither (foot), OL David Hale (head), LB Jarret Johnson (back), S Ed Reed (groin/foot), and TE LJ Smith (ankle) were all not working. The good news was that LB Terrell Suggs hit the practice field for a 2nd straight day, improving the chances he might be able to play Sunday.
We are scheduled to hear from OC Cam Cameron, DC Greg Mattison and Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg shortly. Make sure you follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates.