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Live From Owings Mills: Heap, Zbikowski, Mason Miss Practice Again

Posted on 16 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (9-4) returned to practice Friday, continuing preparations for their Sunday showdown against the New Orleans Saints (10-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens made a depth chart change in their Week 14 win over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium, inserting OT Oniel Cousins at RT and moving Marshal Yanda back to his more familiar RG spot. The team used OL Chris Chester as a TE in jumbo packages.

Expect to see the Ravens stick with Cousins at RT moving forward. They have since updated their official depth chart to reflect the change, and Cousins has been working with the first team O-Line throughout the week. Chester would be a likely candidate to see more playing time at TE in jumbo packages.

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron says Chester “was a huge plus” for the Ravens in unbalanced situations. “With Oniel in there, it gave us a chance to put another guy beside him where we can be physical.”

The Saints (lead by Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams) have tallied 26 sacks this season, including three in a Week 14 win over the St. Louis Rams.

The Ravens allowed five sacks in their win over the Titans.

“We’ve gotta continue to get that solved” said Cameron. “It’s just a matter of sustaining blocks and getting the ball to come out.”

PRACTICE REPORT: TE Todd Heap (hamstring) was not present during the open portion of practice Wednesday, he has not participated since being forced to leave the team’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter. He is not expected to be available for Sunday’s game.

S Tom Zbikowski (calf) and WR Derrick Mason (ankle) were also missing from the field during the open portion of practice Thursday. Neither had practiced Wednesday. Mason said following practice Thursday “I’ll be allright” for Sunday’s game.

Heap and Zbikowski were not available after practice.

FB Le’Ron McClain (no known injury) was not present during the open portion of practice Thursday. McClain may simply be sick, as he said Thursday morning via his Twitter account “Not feeling good at all this morning I need a doctor.”

S Ed Reed was not present during the open portion of practice, but is often a late arrival.

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Mason, QB Joe Flacco, LB Ray Lewis and RB Ray Rice now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……P Sam Koch joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well……Koch defeated Flacco 21-17 to complete a 3-0 sweep in the championship round of the Ravens Cornhole Federation tournament. Koch held a mock press conference after the match which is also available in the Audio Vault……Walt Anderson’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game……The Ravens will hold their final open practice of the week Friday, Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to address the media

-G

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Inexplicable decision bites Ravens in endgame

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Inexplicable decision bites Ravens in endgame

Posted on 07 December 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

In Honor of the Ravens’ 10-point effort vs. Pittsburgh on Sunday, here are my 10 post game points

 

1. The Ravens decision at the end of Sunday’s game, to forego a field goal opportunity with the wind in their faces will be something that folks will probably be debating for the rest of this season, but why the Ravens were faced with that decision is still baffling to me at this point. The fact of the matter is that at the end of the game, the wind was in Billy Cundiff’s face because John Harbaugh and the Ravens put it there.

 

By deferring after winning the coin toss, the Steelers got the opportunity to take the ball in the second half. That left the Ravens to decide which end zone they’d be defending in the 3rd, and by default 4th quarters. If Harbaugh and Cundiff decided during the second half warm ups that 44-yards was the edge of his range going that way, then why wouldn’t the Ravens elect not to go that way in the 4th quarter? If nothing else, you’d think they’d like to put Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham facing into that wind incase he was called on for 4th quarter heroics.

 

Given the Ravens post game stance that the wind was that much of a factor, and especially given their inability this season to finish games for a variety of reasons, it seems like too simple a detail not to sew up. Which brings me to my second point…

 

2. Through 12 games this season, the Ravens have had a 4th quarter lead in each. That’s good. In all four of their losses (obviously) however, and 2 of their wins as well, they’ve given back those 4th quarter leads. That’s not so good. On one hand they seem like a team that can play with anyone, which should serve them well at playoff time. On the other, they’ve given away, or nearly given away 4th quarter leads in half of their games, which likely won’t serve them so well, especially against playoff caliber teams.

 

3. Did anyone else feel just a little bit of déjà vu on Sunday night? From the Ravens ball spot review, to the squandered opportunities on offense, to the late game heroics, it sure felt like a 13-9 game that was played here in 2008. This one felt more and more like the San-Tony-Yay-Yo game as it wore on, and the ending was eerily reminiscent albeit not in the hands of the officials. Here’s hoping a rubber match is on the horizon.

 

4. Speaking of a rubber match, if Sunday’s game decided anything, it was that a rematch would likely take place at Heinz Field. Despite the Ravens and Jets very different brands of heartbreak this week, the rest of the AFC wildcard likelys helped their efforts. Both teams still seem to be all but a lock for the post-season, but both look very likely now to begin their respective campaigns on the road.

 

5. In the other inexplicable decision of the night, the Ravens kept both Le’Ron McClain and newly acquired fullback Jason McKie inactive for Sunday’s game. The decision to sign McKie seemed to be in reaction to the likelihood that McClain wouldn’t be ready for this week and possibly beyond, but with McClain’s return seemingly eminent at this point, and McKie’s deactivation being at least partly due to his inability to find a place on special teams; it sure looks like a wasted move. Surely this team doesn’t have room for 2 fullbacks on the roster; especially if they’re not playing on special teams.

 

Losing Todd Heap early as they did on Sunday certainly changed the Ravens game plan substantially, especially given the absence of a fullback. Ed Dickson did a nice job, but clearly missed a big opportunity early, and had some blocking issues as well.

 

6. I’ve watched Chris Chester’s false start at least 20 times now, and still can’t decide if it was accidental or thought out. On the play, Chester explodes across the line, tries hard to blast James Harrison and winds up laying out flat. Since it occurred on the PAT, the penalty was assessed on the kick, hardly a big deal. Is it possible Chester knew the penalty was minimal and decided to take a free shot at Harrison, to give him something to think about maybe. Harrison might have even lost his cool completely there, and changed the whole game. If it was intentional, it was a savvy, savvy move.

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Live From Owings Mills: McClain-”I’m In For Sunday”

Posted on 03 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (8-3) held their final open practice of the week at 1 Winning Drive Friday before their AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) on Sunday Night Football at M&T Bank Stadium.

FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle) returned to the practice field Friday for the first time since injuring his ankle in the Ravens’ Week 12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McClain’s had been considered a longshot to see the field Sunday night, but was listed as questionable Friday after returning to the practice field.

“I’m in for Sunday” said the two time Pro Bowl selection. “I’m gonna be ready Sunday-it just depends on the coaches, if they want to use me Sunday or not.”

If McClain is not active Sunday night, reserve FB Jason McKie would be expected to take his place. Head Coach John Harbaugh offered no more information about McClain, saying simply “I have no idea.”

OT Michael Oher (knee) did not participate in practice Friday and was also listed as questionable for Sunday night. If for some reason Oher isn’t able to go, OT Oniel Cousins would be expected to start for him. S Dawan Landry (head) practiced all week but was also listed as questionable for Sunday night.

WR Derrick Mason (illness) was not on the field during the open session Friday, but was also a late arrival. Mason said the illness that kept him out of Thursday’s practice was “just a cold.” Mason was listed as probable for Sunday night along with G Chris Chester (infection) and TE Ed Dickson (thigh).

All other Ravens were on the practice field Friday and are believed to be available for Sunday’s game.

PITTSBURGH INJURIES: Eight Steelers were listed on the team’s final injury report Friday.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) was listed as questionable, but the news wasn’t quite as good for two other players.

DE Aaron Smith (triceps) and TE Matt Spaeth (concussion) were both listed as doubtful for Sunday night.

OT Flozell Adams (back), DE Nick Eason (knee), DE Brett Keisel (calf), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring) and S Troy Polamalu (ankle) were all listed as probable for Sunday night’s game.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, L. McClain, Mason and WR TJ Houshmandzadeh now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Westwood One Play by Play Voice Dave Sims and Pittsburgh Steelers Play by Play Voice Bill Hillgrove joined “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester Friday on AM1570 WNST, both conversations are available in the Audio Vault as well……DT Arthur Jones is scheduled to join Rex Snider & Nestor Aparicio at 4:45pm on “The Friday Football Frenzy” on AM1570 WNST……Weather.com/The Weather Channel predicts temperatures in the mid-30′s around gametime Sunday night in Charm City. The predict clouds and winds upwards of 20mph as well……NBC’s Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kramer attended practice at 1 Winning Drive Friday in advance of Sunday night’s broadcast……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday before Sunday’s game, Saturday’s walkthrough will not be open to the media

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Washington Believes Special Teams Ticket Back to Active Roster

Posted on 02 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (8-3) returned to practice Thursday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for Sunday’s AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.

CB Fabian Washington has been a fixture during Special Teams practice this week. Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg said Washington has been playing full safety in kick coverage and holdup corner on punt return.

After being deactivated for the team’s Week 12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington hopes Special Teams could be his ticket back to the active roster.

“I just want to get on the field by any means necessary” said the cornerback. “If I’ve gotta play Special Teams, I’ll play Special Teams.”

Washington said he hadn’t played Special Teams since his rookie year (2005 with the Oakland Raiders). He said it hasn’t been hard to get readjusted to playing Special Teams.

“Special Teams-to me-is just ‘want to.’ There’s guys out there that just fly around. That’s what Special Teams is.”

Washington has maintained a positive attitude towards playing Special Teams after beginning the season as a starting corner.

“I’m having a blast. The season didn’t quite go how I wanted it to go for myself but as a team we’re 8-3 and we’re winning. You can’t be too down about winning. This is my first time (being) 8-3. I’m trying to win a Super Bowl, whatever it takes to get to Dallas.”

PRACTICE REPORT: FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle) missed practice for a second consecutive day, further fueling speculation he will miss Sunday’s contest. McClain injured his ankle early in the second half of the Ravens’ win over the Bucs.

If McClain is unavailable Sunday, newly signed FB Jason McKie will be expected to play in his place. Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron thinks McKie will be ready to go.

“(General Manager Ozzie Newsome) went out there and found a veteran guy who picks things up quickly. (McKie) has the basic concepts down of what we do in our regular package.”

Cameron said he has no concerns about McKie’s ability to function in the Ravens’ offense.

“The minute you start worrying about it, you might as well not play the guy.”

McKie said the Ravens use “different terminology”, but he has been able to pick up the offense with the help of RB Coach Wilbert Montgomery.

All other injured Ravens were on the practice field Thursday. S Dawan Landry (limited participant-head), OL Chris Chester (full participant-infection), TE Ed Dickson (full-thigh) and OT Michael Oher (full-knee) took part in drills. WR Derrick Mason (illness) missed practice however.

Three Steelers missed practice Thursday. CB Keenan Lewis (illness), DE Aaron Smith (triceps) and TE Matt Spaeth (concussion) did not participate.  QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) was a limited participant. OT Flozell Adams (back), DE Nick Eason (knee), DE Brett Keisel (calf), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring) and S Troy Polamalu (ankle) were full participants.

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Rosburg, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, Washington and McKie in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……DT Arthur Jones is scheduled to join Drew Forrester Friday morning at 7:15 on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……The Ravens have kept a left footed punter in the building this week as they prepare to face the Steelers’ Daniel Sepulveda……The Ravens will hold their final open practice of the week Friday, Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with the media following Friday’s practice

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Live From Owings Mills: Rivalry Week Excitement Builds in Ravens Locker Room

Posted on 01 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (8-3) returned to practice Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive with their sights set fully on Sunday’s AFC North showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.

Wednesday’s media availability session had the feel of a true “rivalry week”, with much of the discussion around the building surrounding the nature of the rivalry.

“The hairs on your back grow when you get a Baltimore-Steelers type game” said LB Terrell Suggs. “This is definitely hands down the most physical game in the National Football League. That’s why everybody is so crazy about it.”

LB Ray Lewis said he expected the atmosphere Sunday night to be “crazy.” Lewis added, “it’s one of those games that you have to be a part of. When your legacy is done, you look back at these games right here.”

Pro Bowl RB Ray Rice said the rivalry is based in respect.

“That’s first and foremost about the Pittsburgh Steelers. We respect them. That’s what the rivalry is all about. I’ve learned that this rivalry has less talk involved in it. It’s more with your pads.”

Rice couldn’t hide from his excitement about the rivalry though, adding “these are moments that you live for.”

Since 2008 (the first season in Charm City for Head Coach John Harbaugh and QB Joe Flacco), the Steelers have won four of their six matchups with the Ravens, including one in the 2009 AFC Championship Game (both Pittsburgh losses have come without QB Ben Roethlisberger). Harbaugh said he expected “a tight game”, noting that the series was “about as close as it can get.”

(Harbaugh said he believed the Ravens had been outscored 77-76 over the six games, but the Ravens have actually been outscored 113-100 during the stretch.)

LB Jarret Johnson probably summed up the nature of the rivalry best.

“It’s just really intense. We know each other, we’ve been playing against each other for years. You’re familiar with the guy across from you. It’s just a super competitive, physical game. It’s a lot of fun.”

PRACTICE REPORT
: Given the cold and rainy weather, the Ravens split practice time between their indoor facility and outdoor field. S Tom Zbikowski (foot) was again a participant in practice despite missing the Ravens’ Week 12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harbaugh said the Ravens were “confident (Zbikowksi) can go” Sunday, Zbikowski was not listed on the Wednesday injury report.

OT Michael Oher (knee) was also on the practice field after being forced to leave the Bucs game early. Oher told reporters Wednesday “I’m good” and “I definitely want to play.” Oher was listed as a full participant Wednesday.

OL Chris Chester (illness) returned to practice for the first time since being hospitalized November 18 with an infection stemming from cellulitis. Chester is expected to be available Sunday and was a full participant Wednesday.

FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday and is not expected to be available Sunday. S Dawan Landry (head) was a limited participant Wednesday.

TE Ed Dickson (thigh) was a full participant in practice Wednesday after missing the Ravens’ win over the Buccaneers.

For the Steelers, S Troy Polamalu (ankle) and DE Aaron Smith (triceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday. OT Flozell Adams (back), DE Nick Eason (knee), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring) and Roethlisberger (foot) were limited participants.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Lewis, Rice, Suggs, Oher, Johnson, Flacco and DT Haloti Ngata NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……DT Arthur Jones will join Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” Thursday at 7:15am on AM1570 WNST……Terry McAulay’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game……The Ravens began the process of putting playoff tickets on sale Wednesday……The Ravens will return to practice Thursday; coordinators Greg Mattison, Cam Cameron and Jerry Rosburg are scheduled to meet with the media

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh Offering No Information On Injured Ravens

Posted on 29 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens (8-3) returned to work Monday at 1 Winning Drive, less than 24 hours removed from a 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) at M&T Bank Stadium. The team began the process Monday of preparing for a Week 13 showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) in Charm City with first place in the AFC North on the line.

Head Coach John Harbaugh offered very little information about the team’s key injuries during his weekly Monday press conference. OT Michael Oher (knee), FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle) and S Dawan Landry (concussion) were all forced to leave Sunday’s game early. OL Chris Chester (illness) and S Tom Zbikowski (foot) were unavailable for the win over the Bucs altogether.

When asked about the team’s health, Harbaugh offered only “(We’ll) just take a look at them and see how they respond over the next two days and see where we’re at.”

When asked if he had seen any indications in the facility Monday of the health of the players, Harbaugh quickly responded “No. No indication.”

Harbaugh made it clear he wouldn’t be divulging any more information about of Sunday’s game by noting “that’s all you’re getting.”

The most serious of the injuries Sunday appeared to be McClain, and Harbaugh said the team had options should McClain be unavailable to play against Pittsburgh.

“It’s just what we did during the game basically. Some of our other running backs can play fullback, so we’ve got some other options. When you’ve got a week to prepare for that possibility, we’ll have more things up this week.”

RB Jalen Parmele could be amongst those options.

Oher’s knee was at least healthy enough Monday to stand through a game of cornhole, as he said via Twitter he had suffered defeat.

“Words can’t tell how I feel about just getting put out of the cornhole tourney” said Oher on his Twitter page. “I’m speechless!

Oher’s stepbrother Sean Tuohy Jr. confirmed via Twitter that the LT had been knocked out of the team’s locker room tournament by Ravens LS Morgan Cox.

LAWRENCE WON’T RETURN: The Ravens announced Monday that RB Matt Lawrence will not be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Lawrence is still recovering from a knee injury suffered during the 2009 season.

Harbaugh indicated Lawrence’s knee remained the reason he would not return to the active roster in 2010.

He got in a situation where he couldn’t bend to a certain degree and load on it with any power. He’s going to have to go back and talk to Dr. (James) Andrews and kind of go back to work on that thing. He’s not where he can play.”

Lawrence had practiced for the last three weeks before the team made the decision to leave him on the PUP list.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call Sunday’s game as part of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” series. Andrea Kramer will work the sidelines……The Ravens will return to work Wednesday, following the NFL’s mandatory Tuesday off day. Harbaugh, QB Joe Flacco, LB Ray Lewis and others are expected to meet with the media Wednesday

-G

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Ravens-Buccaneers “Purple Haze” Live Chat 4pm Today!

Posted on 28 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

BALTIMORE — Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens (7-3) will face a third straight NFC South opponent in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3). Today’s game will air on FOX (WBFF 45 in Charm City) with Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan on the call. We will be chatting during the game in our “Purple Haze” live chat, which you can join HERE.

Here are the inactives for today’s game:

Buccaneers-
DE Kyle Moore (shoulder)
QB Rudy Carpenter (3rd QB)
FB Erik Lorig
CB Elbert Mack
OT Derek Hardman
DT Frank Okam
OT Will Barker
WR Preston Parker

DE Tim Crowder will start for Moore.

Ravens
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DT Lamar Divens
DT Brandon McKinney
TE Ed Dickson
WR Marcus Smith
LB Dannell Ellerbe
CB Fabian Washington
S Tom Zbikowski (foot)
OL Chris Chester (illness)

OL Tony Moll will start for Chester at RG.

The Ravens are in black tops and white pants today. The Bucs are in white tops and silver pants.
Carl Cheffers’ crew will officiate today’s game.

Come chat with us!

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Redding, Zbikowski, Chester, Dickson all QUESTIONABLE Sunday

Posted on 26 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (7-3) held their final open practice of the week Friday before Sunday’s showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.

DE Cory Redding (arm) returned to the practice field Friday, he had missed both Wednesday and Thursday. His return makes him a more likely candidate to play Sunday when the Ravens face the Bucs. Head Coach John Harbaugh said the team would “see on Sunday” on Redding’s elbow felt to make a final determination.

Redding said Friday he “felt good” in practice, adding “I’m making progress to Sunday.” Redding would not commit to being available for Sunday’s game, but said he had “pushed (DT) Haloti (Ngata) around” in practice, which he felt was a good gauge about how much strength he has in his arm.

Should Redding not be able to start or play Sunday, DE Paul Kruger would be a likely candidate to start in his place. Redding was listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report.

OL Chris Chester (illness) was the only Ravens player missing from the practice field Friday, he is also questionable for Sunday’s game. Harbaugh reiterated Friday that Chester could play without practicing this week, Chester admitted he felt “more than capable” of being able to play.

S Tom Zbikowski practiced again Friday, he is also questionable but expected to be available Sunday for the first time since suffering a foot injury in the team’s Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Neither Harbaugh nor Zbikowski would confirm Zbikowski’s availability Sunday. Zbikowski admitted his foot was “not 100%”, but also claimed “I’m dying to get back out there.”

Zbikowski said his apprehension was not because he was feeling much pain.

“(It’s) not too bad” said the third year safety out of Notre Dame. “Mentally I’ve still got a little fear.”

TE Ed Dickson (thigh) was also listed as questionable for Sunday, S Ed Reed (illness) was listed as probable after saying Friday he felt “much better.”

For the Bucs, DE Kyle Moore (shoulder) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Four other players were listed as probable for Sunday-LB Quincy Black (ankle), WR Sammie Stroughter (foot), OT Jeremey Trueblood (knee) and TE Kellen Winslow (knee).

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Redding, Chester, Zbikowski, Kruger, Reed and WR TJ Houshmandzadeh following Friday’s practice NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……OL Bryan Mattison joined Drew Forrester Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that conversation is available in the Audio Vault as well……Weather.com/The Weather Channel predicts 48 degrees and sunny in Charm City for Sunday’s game……Carl Cheffers’ crew will officiate Sunday’s game……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday morning in advance of Sunday’s game. Saturday’s walkthrough will be closed to the media

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Hoping to Take Advantage of Buccaneers’ Youth

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (7-3) returned to work at 1 Winning Drive Wednesday, continuing preparations for Sunday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Buccaneers have skill players who are all relatively young in their NFL careers. QB Josh Freeman (22) is in his 2nd NFL season, RB Lagarrette Blount (23) is a rookie, WR Mike Williams (23) is a rookie, WR Sammie Stroughter (24) is in his 2nd season and WR Arrelious Benn (22) is a rookie. Even the team’s more veteran skill players are relatively young, as TE Kellen Winslow II is just 27 and RB Cadillac Williams is just 28.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said the team’s youth isn’t necessarily good news for the Ravens.

“They play like a bunch of kids” said Harbaugh. “They run around and get after it and they’re enthusiastic. I’m sure its got its pluses and its got its minuses. We’ll try to negate the pluses that the youth brings to the table and we’ll try to take full advantage of whatever those minuses are.”

The Buccaneers are the youngest team in the National Football League, and continued to get younger this week when they released veteran DL Ryan Sims (30).

LB Jarret Johnson downplayed the “mysterious” nature of a young team like the Bucs.

“We’re not (team) that play each other a lot” said Johnson. “But you’ve got adequate time during the week to get familiar with them, so it’s not going to be a mystery when we get out there.”

FLACCO DISMISSES MASON SPAT: Much like Harbaugh did during his Monday press conference, QB Joe Flacco was quick to dismiss a reported physical confrontation with WR Derrick Mason during their Week 11 win over the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

“We were in a good battle and things happen on the sidelines sometimes” said Flacco. “I was laughing ten seconds after it was over.”

Flacco admitted that every sideline conversation is different, and some can be cause for concern moving forward.

“I guess it can be, but not between me and Derrick.”

PRACTICE REPORT: OL Chris Chester (infection) and DE Cory Redding (arm) did not participate during practice Wednesday. S Ed Reed (illness) did not participate either.

The Ravens received good news Wednesday, as S Tom Zbikowski (foot) returned to practice for the first time since suffering a bruised heel in the Ravens’ Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Zbikowski said Wednesday he was “feeling good”, and Harbaugh said Zbikowski has a “good chance” of seeing the field Sunday in Charm City. He was listed as a limited participant Wednesday, as was TE Ed Dickson (thigh).

FB Le’Ron McClain did not appear as though he would be participating in contact drills Wednesday.

For the Buccaneers, Winslow (knee) and DE Kyle Moore (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday. LB Quincy Black (ankle), Stroughter (foot) and OT Jeremey Trueblood (knee) were all full participants in practice.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Flacco, Zbikowski, Johnson, LB Ray Lewis, RB Ray Rice and LB Terrell Suggs NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta joined Drew Forrester Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, you can hear that chat in the Audio Vault now as well……The Ravens will wear black uniforms Sunday when they face the Bucs……The Ravens will practice Thursday despite the Thanksgiving holiday

-G

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Ravens-Panthers “Purple Haze” Live Chat 1pm!

Posted on 21 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Greetings from Bank of America Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens (6-3) will face a second consecutive NFC South opponent in the Carolina Panthers (1-8) at 1pm today. Today’s game will be televised by CBS (WJZ 13 locally in Charm City) with Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots on the call. We will be discussing the game in our “Purple Haze” live chat, which you can join HERE.

Here are today’s inactives:

Ravens-
S Tom Zbikowski (foot)
OL Chris Chester (illness)
DT Arthur Jones
DT Lamar Divens
DT Brandon McKinney
LB Dannell Ellerbe
WR Marcus Smith
TE Dennis Pitta

The Ravens made a roster move Saturday, waiving OL Scott Kooistra and signing OL Bryan #Mattison to the active roster from the practice squad.
OL Tony Moll will start in place of Chester at RG.

Panthers-
QB Jimmy Clausen (concussion)
RB Jonathan Stewart (concussion)
WR Armanti Edwards (3rd QB)
RB Tyrell Sutton (ankle)
S Marcus Hudson (ankle)
WR Brandon LaFell (concussion)
OT Travelle Wharton (toe)
DT Ed Johnson

The Ravens are in white tops, black pants today. The Panthers are in black tops, silver pants.
Al Riveron’s crew will officiate today’s game.

Come chat with us!

-G

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