OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ahead of Tuesday’s 4pm deadline, the Baltimore Ravens have made the necessary moves to get their roster down to the necessary 75 active players. All NFL teams face a 4pm deadline Tuesday to make similar moves.
GM Ozzie Newsome announced the team moved LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quad) and RB Matt Lawrence (knee) from the Training Camp “Active” Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to the regular season “Reserve” PUP list. The moves mean both players will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. After Week 6, the Ravens will have three weeks to decide whether or not to activate the players.
Neither move comes as much of a surprise. Coach John Harbaugh told the media last week he was “less convinced” Ayanbadejo would be ready to go after suffering a torn quad in last season’s Week 4 loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough. Ayanbadejo confirmed Harbaugh’s concerns, telling WNST.net he would “most likely” start the season on the PUP list. Lawrence had not participated at all since being placed on Injured Reserve last November with a knee injury.
Harbaugh said Tuesday that both players were “just not ready yet.” He expressed disappointment, saying “those guys were guys that we really thought at one point in time originally that they’d be ready for minicamp and for OTA’s. They have just not responded as well as we’d hoped to the treatment.”
Harbaugh reminded that the season wasn’t over for either playing, noting “there’s still a process, it’s just slower. We’ll be working those guys for the next number of weeks. Hopefully after six weeks we’ll get a chance to practice with them, and we’ll figure out if they can go at some time-we’ll have to decide at that point.”
Neither player will be eligible to practice during the first six weeks of the season, but can participate in team meetings and other functions around the 1 Winning Drive facility. They can practice for up to 21 days following Week 6 before the team must make a final decision.
On Monday, the Ravens had trimmed their active roster by three players. OL Daniel Sanders and CB Marcus Paschal were placed on IR, while CB Doug Dutch was released. The team now has until Saturday to trim the roster to 53 active players. Only S Ed Reed (hip/groin) remains on the Active PUP list.
KNEE SURGERY FOR CODY: Terrence Cody has missed the last week of practice with a knee injury, and on Tuesday Harbaugh admitted the Ravens’ 2nd round pick in this year’s NFL Draft had recent knee surgery.
“Terrence had surgery on Tuesday” said the coach. “He’s got a little bit of a tear in his lateral meniscus and he had a loose body floating around in there. They were trying to manage it and there was getting to be a bit of swelling and they finally figured out what it was.”
Cody will be forced to miss more practice time, and the injury could affect his status for the season opener. “That’s a two week deal” said Harbaugh. “There’s a chance he could be back for the opener against the Jets. Or with a bigger guy, sometimes it takes a little longer.”
Harbaugh pointed out that the Ravens are in good shape as they have solid depth on the offensive line. The Ravens will be able to rotate Brandon McKinney, Kelly Talavou, Arthur Jones and Lamar Divens Thursday night when they play the St. Louis Rams. Should Cody miss the game in New York, McKinney would be likely to benefit from extra playing time.
Cody was not available Tuesday to discuss the surgery.
A CHANCE REED COULD PLAY: Harbaugh was asked Tuesday if there was “a possibility” Reed could play in the Monday Night Football opener despite missing the entire preseason.
“I think that’s a possibility” responded Harbaugh. “The determining factor is going to be ‘what’s best for him’…there’s no way we’re going to rush him back.” Harbaugh added “he’s gonna want to come back as soon as he can. But he’s also been in this thing long enough to understand (he’s) gotta do it the right way.”
Reed has been around the facility this week but has denied interview requests. He was seen on field during practice Tuesday, but was in street clothes and remains on the PUP list. Harbaugh said he and Ed met with GM Ozzie Newsome, Secondary Coach Chuck Pagano and Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison Monday, but he has no inclination as to whether or not he will be on the active roster.
NOTES: Harbaugh said safety Tom Zbikowski didn’t practice Tuesday morning due to a “thigh bruise.” It is not believed to be a serious injury……With Donte’ Stallworth , Mark Clayton hurt and Zbikowski now hurt, CB Prince Miller is expected to the majority of punt returns Thursday night. Harbaugh said it is a “great opportunity” for Miller to try to make the roster, Miller said he wants to show that he “can make some things happen” as a returner……When asked if backup QB Marc Bulger would play Thursday night, Harbaugh said “I don’t know…we’re not going to play a lot of guys”……Hear from Harbaugh, Miller, OL David Hale, WR Derrick Mason and K Billy Cundiff now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……P Sam Koch is scheduled to join Drew Forrester Wednesday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST