OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) returned to work Monday at 1 Winning Drive after an impressive 31-17 win over the Denver Broncos Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Head Coach John Harbaugh addressed the media as the team shifted focus from their big win over the Broncos to their impending Week 6 trip to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots (3-1) at Gillette Stadium. Here are some of the highlights from Harbaugh’s press conference…
-Harbaugh offered little new information when it comes to CB Josh Wilson, who injured his hamstring on Brandon Lloyd’s second TD catch Sunday. “I hope it’s a short-term injury” said the coach, adding “it’s not a major hamstring pull or anything like that.” Harbaugh also touched on the decision to switch from RB Jalen Parmele to Wilson at Kick Return, saying “we’ll just see going forward” who is the returner. Harbaugh added “I think both of those guys have done a good job and we’re just looking for a big play.”
-Harbaugh all but dismissed the chances of the Ravens re-signing LB Antwan Barnes, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday. “I haven’t had a conversation with (Barnes)” said Harbaugh. “We don’t really have a roster opportunity right now for that. (I) wouldn’t be opposed to it-Antwan’s a good person, a good player, and obviously has done some good things here-but right now there’s no way roster-wise that we could pull that off.” The Ravens traded Barnes to Philly on September 4th for a conditional pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Eagles are believed to be interested in bring Barnes back to the roster this week, similar to the move the Ravens attempted to pull off with DE Trevor Pryce two weeks ago before he was signed by the New York Jets.
-Harbaugh admitted that the potential returns of S Ed Reed, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo and RB Matt Lawrence from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list following the Week 6 game against the Pats will have to factor into the team’s decision process with OT Jared Gaither, who has first the first five weeks of the season with a back injury. Harbaugh acknowledged “the season is only 16 weeks, so obviously at some point in time we have to make a decision.” Harbaugh also reiterated that Gaither “is a really good player” and “a quality offensive tackle” who “can make our team better.” Harbaugh said he had a lengthy conversation with Gaither last Friday, but doctors have not come to an agreement about exactly what Gaither is dealing with. Harbaugh said “there’s a chance (Gaither) could get back sometime in the next few weeks.”
-Harbaugh offered praise and criticism for rookie TE Ed Dickson, who lead the team in receiving Sunday with 58 yards despite making just one catch. “He was on the field quite a bit (Sunday) and did some pretty good things blocking” said Harbaugh. “He had the holding penalty, he was disappointed with that-as was I.” Harbaugh admitted “it’s our job to get him on the field more. Here’s a guy that’s got ability, he’s worked really hard, he’s very dangerous in the passing game. We need to try to get him out there more and more.”
NOTES: Hear Harbaugh’s press conference NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Dickson joined Drew Forrester Monday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST; that chat is also available now in the Audio Vault……the Ravens are off Tuesday (the NFL’s mandatory day off), they will return to the practice field Wednesday in Owings Mills.