5:01-Earlier today, the Ravens announced that the Browns had returned about 300 tickets to Sunday’s game. It appears as though a few of those tickets are still available via TicketMaster.
4:32-Ravens Injury Report:
LB Jarret Johnson-DNP-Knee
OT Jared Gaither-DNP-Illness (Flu Bug)
DT Justin Bannan-LIMITED-Knee
CB Fabian Washington-FULL-Illness (Concussion)
TE LJ Smith-FULL-Hamstring
S Tom Zbikowski-FULL-Concussion
OL Rex Hadnot-DNP-Knee
OL Floyd Womack-DNP-Ankle
RB Jamal Lewis-DNP-Hamstring
LB David Bowens-LIMITED-Knee
DL Shaun Rogers-LIMITED-Foot
RB James Davis-FULL-Shoulder
C Alex Mack-FULL-Knee
WR Mohamed Massaquoi-FULL-Shoulder
RB Cedric Peerman-FULL-Thigh
DL Ahtyba Rubin-FULL-Toe
P Dave Zastudil-FULL-Right Knee
DNP signifies DID NOT PARTICIPATE
2:10-Terrell Suggs was particularly chipper today, taking a Sun writer to task for thinking the Ravens did not get an adequate pass rush in Sunday’s game. The great thing about T-Sizzle is that even when he disagrees with you, he tries to have fun with reporters. Head to the Audio Vault to take a listen.
2:02-I will admit that I find it somewhat odd that no one is being particularly committal regarding LJ Smith’s status for Sunday. He will be practicing fully for a 2nd straight day today; and I still imagine he will be on the field Sunday, but no one is coming out and just saying “yes, LJ is going to play.”
Strange. That’s all.
1:59-Highlights from Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison:
-Regarding the play of the defensive backs against the Chargers’ Wide Receivers: “Our secondary did a much better job than people realized.”
-On the size of the Chargers’ WR’s: “It looked like they should be playing in the NBA.”
-On what the Ravens need to work to eliminate moving forward: “The number of big plays.”
-Mattison also really harped on how proud he was of the defense for not allowing a TD in 4 red zone trips by the Chargers.
1:53-Highlights from Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg:
-On Browns WR/KR Joshua Cribbs: He “is a football player” who “gets free in so many different ways.” To contain him on kick returns, you have to “try to make sure he doesn’t have any windows.”
-Regarding Rosburg’s role in keeping Cribbs with the Browns during Rosburg’s time in Cleveland: “Success has many fathers.”
-Rosburg made is seem as though Paul Kruger was closer to being able to get on the field as a special teams contributor, saying Kruger had his best week of practice.
1:49-Fabian Washington has returned to practice, he appears to have recovered from Sunday’s concussion. I did not see Jared Gaither or Jarret Johnson on the practice field; and did not notice Jared in the locker room either. Dealing with the flu big, the only thing you would really be concerned about would be losing weight; but this is not (to our knowledge) anything similar to the illness Troy Smith battled last season.
One more note regarding practice: the Ravens are again pumping in crowd noise. They do this whether the team is playing at home or away that weekend. The defense needs to adjust to the noise levels here in Baltimore from the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium, so they practice communication with pumped in crowd noise.
1:16-I’m headed out to watch a couple minutes of practice, then I’m joining Bob Haynie shortly on AM1570 WNST. In the meantime, hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:
Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron
Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison
Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg
LB Terrell Suggs
1:09 A couple of notes from each coordinator, starting with Cam Cameron:
-Cameron had nothing but praise for the Browns, saying “their defense…for 3 quarters…has played really well”, their defense is “as stout a front 7 as we’ve played” and they’re “the most physical football team we’ve played yet.”
-Regarding the chances of Demetrius Williams making a contribution soon: “Demetrius has had a great week of practice….time will tell.”
-Cameron said the Ravens made just 7 offensive corrections from the Chargers game, down from 47 in the first preseason game
-When asked about Derrick Mason approaching 800 career receptions, Cameron said that as a coach, “very seldom do you get the opportunity to be around players like (Derrick).” He also said Derrick as “developed as good of habits as anyone (he’s) been around.”
-When asked if new Tight End Tony Curtis would be ready to contribute Sunday, Cameron said “we’ll see.”
12:49-When asked about Fabian Washington, Greg Mattison took the chance to praise the play of Frank Walker (who would likely start in Washington’s place if Washington can’t go); saying “Frank’s always ready to step in.” He added that Frank is very similar to some of the Ravens’ defensive linemen, as Mattison feels as though he needs to get them more playing time.
12:43-The coordinators downplayed the significance of the injuries players are currently dealing with. Cam Cameron said Jared Gaither “will be ready to play” Sunday against Cleveland-he has been battling a flu bug. Cameron also said TE L.J. Smith has had “a good week of practice”, but wouldn’t commit to him being on the field Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Greg Mattison said he believed both Fabian Washington and Jarret Johnson would be on the field Sunday. When asked about his shoulder injury, Jarret said he was feeling “fine.”
11:17-We’re back out at 1 Winning Drive today, where the biggest storyline will be the health of 3 Ravens starters who did not practice yesterday. Jared Gaither (illness) and Jarret Johnson (shoulder) are presumably not serious; but Fabian Washington (concussion/illness) could well be a major question mark for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Chris Carr appeared to be the 3rd corner on Sunday in San Diego, but I believe Frank Walker would be the guy to start if Fabian couldn’t go. Justin Bannan (knee) was also limited in practice yesterday.
We are scheduled to hear from all 3 Coordinators today (Cam Cameron, Jerry Rosburg and Greg Mattison). I will be back after hitting the locker room with more info.