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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Split on New NFL Head-Hunting Policy

Posted on 20 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-2) returned to work Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for Sunday’s contest with the Buffalo Bills (0-5) at M&T Bank Stadium.

The NFL levied hefty fines Tuesday towards multiple players for dangerous hits in Week 6 games and threatened suspensions for future helmet to helmet contact. One of the hits that lead to a significant fine was a helmet to helmet hit made on Ravens TE Todd Heap by New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather. Meriweather was fined $50,000 for his hit. The new policy was a hot hot topic in the Ravens locker room Tuesday, as Head Coach John Harbaugh and Ravens players had varying opinions about stronger enforcement.

Harbaugh gave full support to strengthening enforcement of the policy, saying “I think whatever it takes to enforce the rule to make sure that guys respect the rules is something that obviously needs to be done.” Harbaugh however went on to add that he didn’t think a more strict policy would have much effect on his team. “If you look at our track record this year-not to say it couldn’t happen to us-but our guys have really tried to get those hits in that area that aren’t helmet to helmet on the defenseless guys.”

Future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis said hits like the ones that lead to fines from Week 6 are simply part of football. “Those are hits that (when) you go into your defensive room-you’re getting praised for” said Lewis. “I have to back those players and tell them-just keep having fun, just keep playing the game.”

RB Willis McGahee was the victim of a crushing hit by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark in the 2009 AFC Championship Game. McGahee said “they should have done that when I got hit and I was laying on the ground.” McGahee added “I guess it’s getting out of hand right now, so they’ve got to protect the players and protect the person that’s providing the hits.”

LB Terrell Suggs added the rule was a “double-edged sword” and that he was split on whether or not he supported strengthening the policy. “I have no problem with them enforcing (the rule); but the amount the guys were fined-that was a bit excessive.” Suggs pointed out that football “is a physical sport” and that football players “are the gladiators of (the) time.”

Lewis pointed out that he expected players to continue to fight the penalties that will come with a strengthening of the policy, which could remain an issue well into what is expected to be a period of labor unrest this offseason.

REED, AYANBADEJO RETURN: S Ed Reed and LB Brendon Ayanbadejo appeared on the practice field Wednesday for the first time this season. Both have missed the first six weeks of the season while on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Reed was coy about his status for Sunday’s game, saying “I feel good” but admitting that he needed to get back into a football feel and see how his body would react to getting back on the practice field. He admitted that he and the organization “definitely talked about” the possibility of him missing Sunday’s game and returning after the team’s Week 8 bye.

Reed said “just being around the guys on the field” was what he missed the most during the time he’s missed this season.

Ayanbadejo didn’t offer a guess as to what his status would be for Sunday’s game, saying it was important to just get through Wednesday’s practice and see how his body reacted.

There was no reason to believe either player would be held out of contact during Wednesday’s practice.

PRACTICE REPORT: Reed and Ayanbadejo weren’t the only Ravens who returned to practice Wednesday. DE Paul Kruger (knee) and CB Josh Wilson (hamstring)-who each missed the Week 6 loss in Foxborough returned to the practice field as well. Kruger’s status for Sunday’s game is still very much up in the air, but Wilson is expected to be available. Both were listed as limited participants in practice.

Also limited in practice were LB Jarret Johnson (back), WR Derrick Mason (ankle/finger), S Haruki Nakamura (back), RB Ray Rice (ankle) and WR Marcus Smith (back). LB Edgar Jones (thigh) was listed as a full participant in practice.

Safety Tom Zbikowski (foot) and TE Todd Heap (neck) did not participate in practice Wednesday. Harbaugh said the team got “good news” on MRI’s for both players Monday, saying Zbikowski has “got a shot” to play Sunday and “I think Todd will be” on the field Sunday.

LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), OT Jared Gaither (back) and WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) remained out of practice, they have all been ruled out for Sunday.

For the Bills, OT Cornell Green (knee) and CB Terrence McGee (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday. LB Keith Ellison (knee), LB Arthur Moats (elbow) and NT Kyle Williams (ankle) were all limited participants. TE Shawn Nelson and S Bryan Scott were full participants.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, QB Joe Flacco, McGahee, Lewis, Suggs, Reed, Ayanbadejo, Wilson, DT Haloti Ngata and Mason NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Punter Sam Koch is scheduled to join Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST at 7:00am……McGahee did not appear concerned with his lack of playing time in the Ravens’ loss at Gillette Stadium, saying “I’m like a lightswitch. I can cut it on and cut it off. It was off that game. I wasn’t tripping about it. We were winning, it really didn’t bother me.” McGahee was not on the field for a single play in the team’s loss……Bills DE Dwan Edwards joined members of the Charm City media contingent for a conference call, saying “I had a great time and played with a bunch of great players. I learned a ton about football and the game and being a professional and stuff like that. So, in terms of that, it was a good experience.” Edwards returns to Baltimore Sunday for the first time since signing with the Bills in the offseason, he was a 2nd round pick of the Ravens in the 2004 NFL Draft……The Ravens will return to work Thursday at 1 Winning Drive, coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg are scheduled to meet with the media before practice

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh says “No Way” McGahee will be traded

Posted on 18 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-2) returned to work Monday at 1 Winning Drive following Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Head Coach John Harbaugh held his weekly press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the loss to the Pats and to look ahead to this Sunday’s visit from the Buffalo Bills (0-5) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Here are some of the highlights from Harbaugh’s chat with the media…

-Harbaugh was quick to dismiss any trade conversation regarding RB Willis McGahee stemming from him not seeing the football field Sunday. “I can see where three could be speculation (but) there is no Willis trade talk” said the Coach. “Unless there’s something I don’t know about, which I think is almost impossible, there is absolutely no way he’s being traded. He will be on our team this week and for the rest of the season.” The NFL’s Trade Deadline is Tuesday at 4pm, and there are multiple teams rumored to be in the market for a running back-including the Green Bay Packers.

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Live From Owings Mills: Kruger DOUBTFUL, Fred Taylor OUT Sunday

Posted on 15 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) held their final open practice of the week Friday morning at 1 Winning Drive before Sunday’s showdown with the New England Patriots (3-1) at Gillette Stadium.

49 of the 53 active Ravens participated in Friday morning’s open session. WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder) and OT Jared Gaither (back) have been ruled out of Sunday’s game; none were participating in practice Friday.

DE Paul Kruger (knee) did not participate in practice during the portion open to the media after returning to practice Thursday. Kruger told reporters he was able to run and participate in individual drills Friday, be he is still “not 100 percent.” Kruger did not appear hopeful that he’d be able to play Sunday, but says his MCL has improved by “leaps and bounds” and he remains “day to day.” On the final Injury Report Friday, Kruger was listed as doubtful for Sunday.

DT Haloti Ngata (knee) was in full uniform Friday after practicing in shorts Thursday, Ngata told reporters “I feel like I’ll be ready to go” Sunday. Ngata and CB Josh Wilson (hamstring) were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game on the final injury report.

RB Ray Rice (knee) and FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder/knee) appeared to be in “no contact” mode Thursday, but both were able to take contact Friday. They’re both probable to play Sunday, as well as LB Edgar Jones (thigh), LB Jameel McClain (knee) and S Ken Hamlin (ankle).

Head Coach John Harbaugh was frustrated by questions about Ngata, Kruger and Wilson (hamstring), offering “no comment” and “I’m not going to talk about that” when asked about those players by reporters.

On their final injury report for the week, the Patriots officially ruled out RB Fred Taylor (toe). S James Sanders (hamstring) was listed as questionable, while QB Tom Brady (shoulder) and CB Terrence Wheatley were each listed as probable to play.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Kruger and LB Jameel McClain NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Bill Levy’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game against the Pats in Foxborough……Weather.com/The Weather Channel predicted Friday that the weather would be 61 degrees and sunny in Massachusetts Sunday……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday morning before traveling to New England Saturday night. The walkthrough is not open to the media

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ayanbadejo “Eager” to Return

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) returned to work Thursday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for Sunday’s showdown with the New England Patriots (3-1) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

LB Brendon Ayanbadejo met with reporters before practice Thursday, just days before he’s eligible to be activated from the team’s Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Ayanbadejo tore his quadriceps on October 4, 2009-the last time the Ravens visited the Pats. He expects to return to the roster as soon as he’s eligible.

“The only thing that I don’t know is what my role is going to be” said the former Pro Bowl Special Teams ace. “I want to sprinkle in a little bit of defense and a little bit of Special Teams.”

Ayanbadejo acknowledged that the team could wait until after the Week 7 game against the Buffalo Bills and the bye week that follows to activate him; but it is particularly important to him that he gets back on the field as soon as possible.

“I haven’t played football in a year” said Ayanbadejo. “(I had an) over 100 game playing streak going-never missed a game in my career. I’m eager to get back in there just for myself.”

Safety Ed Reed (groin/hip) is also expected to be activated quickly by the team once eligible, but RB Matt Lawrence (knee) admitted that he was uncertain of whether or not he’d be added back to the roster after he’s eligible.

Lawrence said he knew the 21 days following Sunday’s game could be an uncomfortable time, but admitted “this is what I signed up for.”

Players on the PUP list can return to practice starting next week, the Ravens have 21 days to decide whether or not to move them to the active roster.

NGATA SPAINED MCL: DT Haloti Ngata told reporters Thursday that he suffered a “mild” MCL sprain in the Ravens’ 31-17 Week 5 win over the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium.

Ngata said the injury should not prevent him from playing against the Patriots Sunday.

Ngata was injured while playing on the offensive side of the football, as he split out to attempt to catch a pass on a 1st quarter play. The Ravens were facing 4th and goal from the Broncos’ 1 yard line.

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said the team would allow Ngata to dictate whether or not they’d use him in offensive goal line situations in the future. “It’s always something you weigh. Haloti is the one who wants in there” said Cameron. “We’ve been awfully good with him in there. It was unfortunate what happened the other day, thank goodness he’s going to be fine.”

PRACTICE REPORT: WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), OT Jared Gaither (back) and LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder) have been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game; none were on the practice field.

However, the five Ravens that missed practice Wednesday all returned to the practice field Thursday. RB Ray Rice (knee), FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder/knee), Ngata (knee), DE Paul Kruger (knee) and CB Josh Wilson (hamstring) were all back on the field Thursday, all were limited participants. Joining them on the list of limited participants were LB Edgar Jones (thigh) and LB Jameel McClain (knee)-who were each limited for a 2nd straight day-and S Ken Hamlin (ankle), who was not on Wednesday’s injury report.

LB Prescott Burgess (unknown) was not present during the portion of practice open to the media; but was apparently just a late arrival as he was not listed on the injury report.

For the Patriots, RB Fred Taylor (toe) did not participate in practice for a second straight day. Safety James Sanders (hamstring) was a new addition to the injury report Thursday. QB Tom Brady (shoulder) and CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) were full participants for a second straight day.

NOTES:  Hear from Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg, LB Coach/Former Patriots Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees, Ayanbadejo and Wilson NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……OL Scott Kooistra joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, hear that chat in the Audio Vault as well. DE Cory Redding is scheduled to join Rex Snider on “The Afternoon Drive” Thursday at 3:30, LB Jason Phillips is scheduled to join Forrester Friday at 7:20am……Cameron told WNST.net Thursday that L. McClain is “the best fullback in the NFL” in terms of being a complete “rushing, blocking and pass catching” package……The Ravens will practice again Friday at 1 Winning Drive, Head Coach John Harbaugh is expected to address the media following practice.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Know What They’re Up Against Sunday

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Know What They’re Up Against Sunday

Posted on 13 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) returned to work at 1 Winning Drive Wednesday, shifting their focus to Sunday’s visit to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots (3-1) at Gillette Stadium.

RB Ray Rice was amongst the Ravens players who met with the media Wednesday. Rice played a prominent role in the team’s 33-14 victory in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs in January, and understands what a matchup against an organization that has won three Super Bowls in the last 8 years means.

“We don’t want to single out the Patriots, but the success that they’ve had-you can’t forget that” said Rice. “They have a long-term history of success. This is the kind of game you really don’t have to ramp yourself up for.”

Ravens players went back and forth as to whether or not they thought the Pats would have January’s loss fresh on their minds when the teams got together again Sunday. Rice said “I think it has to be in the back of their heads because what we did last year was uncommon for that kind of team.” However, LB Ray Lewis said “every year is a new year and every game is a new game.” He added “I don’t think they’re going back that far to think about it that much. I just think the bottom line for them is to try to get a win, just like for us this week is to try to get a win.”

In a conference call with members of the Charm City media, Pats DT Vince Wilfork probably summed up his team’s feelings about Sunday’s game by saying the Ravens “are one of the best teams in the NFL right now and we’ve got our hands full.”

“BRADY RULE” NOT A CONCERN: The Ravens were 27-21 losers to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium last October, but the game was not without controversy. LB Terrell Suggs and DT Haloti Ngata were each flagged for questionable hits on New England QB Tom Brady, which lead many fans and analysts to claim NFL officials were working with some sort of “Tom Brady Rule.”

For their part, Ravens defenders seemed unconcerned about potentially beneficial treatment for the five time Pro Bowl QB.

“We don’t even think about that” said Lewis. “You can’t think playing this game, you’ve got to react. Whatever comes with it, comes with it. You just always hope the game is called fair.”

LB Jarret Johnson added “you can’t worry about it…you’ve just got to be more aware of your surroundings and you can’t be careless out there.” Johnson said he didn’t think Brady received preferential treatment, noting the league does “protect quarterbacks” and defensive players need to maintain control of their bodies when they’re in the area of QB’s.

HARBAUGH PAYS OFF A BET: Ravens coach John Harbaugh is the older brother of Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. When Stanford faced Oregon two Saturdays ago, Harbaugh was involved in wagers with two members of the Ravens roster.

Former Ducks defensive standout Ngata made a cash bet with Harbaugh, the terms of the bet went undisclosed. Rookie TE Ed Dickson (a fellow Oregon alum) instead made a wager that involved the loser having to don gear from the winner’s team during practice. Because Oregon rallied for a 52-31 win over the Cardinal, Harbaugh was forced to pay off the bet Wednesday…

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…if you can’t tell, Harbaugh is wearing a t-shirt that says “I love my Ducks” and has a duck whistle around his neck.

“There are ramifications for losses that ring all the way across from coast to coast” said Harbaugh. “I’ve got to give the Ducks their due, they’ve got a heck of a club.” Harbaugh also joked that the Cardinals and Ducks could meet again in the BCS Championship Game.

PRACTICE NOTES
: WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), OT Jared Gaither (back) and LB Tavares Gooden (back) did not practice Wednesday, all have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Also missing practice Wednesday was Ngata, who injured his knee on the Ravens’ failed 4th and goal play from the 1 yard line during the first quarter of their Week 5 win over the Denver Broncos. DE Paul Kruger (knee), FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder/knee), Rice (knee) and CB Josh Wilson (hamstring) all did not participate in practice Wednesday either. Only Kruger is a known risk to miss Sunday’s game as of now.

LB Edgar Jones (thigh) and LB Jameel McClain (knee) were both listed as limited in practice Wednesday. S Tom Zbikowski had his ribs wrapped following Sunday’s win over the Broncos-but was not listed on the Injury Report.

Ravens majority owner Steve Bisciotti and former majority owner Art Modell were each spectators for practice Wednesday.

For the Patriots, RB Fred Taylor (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday. Brady and CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) were both listed as full participants in practice. No other Patriots were listed on the injury report.

NOTES
: Hear from Harbaugh, Rice, Lewis, Johnson, QB Joe Flacco, CB Fabian Washington and WR Derrick Mason NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……New OL Scott Kooistra is scheduled to join Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” Thursday at 7:15am on AM1570 WNST……Suggs confirmed WNST.net’s Tuesday night report that he had not accepted money or inappropriate benefits from agent Gary Wichard or former Wichard associate Josh Luchs while in college at Arizona State. Suggs simply told Baltimore reporters “Gary didn’t give me sh*t.” Luchs said he and Wichard did not give money or benefits to former client/Ravens TE Todd Heap during his Sun Devils career either……The Ravens return to the practice field Thursday; coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg are scheduled to meet with the media following practice

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Live From Owings Mills: Zbikowski Questionable for Ravens, Moreno Out for Broncos

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Live From Owings Mills: Zbikowski Questionable for Ravens, Moreno Out for Broncos

Posted on 08 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (3-1) returned to the practice field Friday morning at 1 Winning Drive. Friday’s practice was the final session open to the media before Sunday’s tilt with the Denver Broncos (2-2) at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens have already ruled OT Jared Gaither (back), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), DE Paul Kruger (knee) and WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) out of Sunday’s game, none were on the practice field Friday.  LB Edgar Jones (thigh) was limited in practice for a third straight day Friday, he’s questionable for Sunday’s game. LB Jason Phillips (illness) did not participate in Friday’s practice; he’s also listed as questionable. Joining Jones and Phillips as questionable for Sunday is S Tom Zbiwkowski (thigh), who was limited in practice Friday.

CB Fabian Washington (illness) missed Thursday’s practice, but participated fully in practice Friday. Head Coach John Harbaugh described Washington as having “just a little tweak”, the CB is listed as probable for Sunday.  FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder) was not wearing the red “no contact” jersey in practice, he had worn it in practice Thursday. McClain said the no-contact jersey was “precautionary” and he was “100 percent” heading into the game against Denver; he’s listed as probable to play. Joining Washington and McClain in being probable to play Sunday are TE Todd Heap (shoulder) and RB Ray Rice (knee).

For the Broncos, RB’s Spencer Larsen (ankle) and Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) have been ruled out of Sunday’s game. CB Andre Goodman (quad) and LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) are both listed as questionable. No other Broncos are listed on the team’s final injury report.

RAVENS DONNING PINK SUNDAY: The Pittsburgh Steelers included a good amount of pink in their uniforms during the Ravens’ Week 4 win at Heinz Field to participate in the NFL’s recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Baltimore Ravens however did not include pink in their uniforms.

The Ravens will include pink in their uniforms Sunday against the Broncos, as Harbaugh explained that the entire team wanted to participate in the cause for one game, instead of having different players participate in different games. (The league gave teams a three week window to include pink in their uniforms.)

Here are the cleats the Ravens will wear Sunday…

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NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh and McClain NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault. Former Ravens majority owner Art Modell was at practice today, he shared a funny story from his Cleveland years with the media, you can hear that in the Audio Vault now as well. ……OL Tony Moll joined Drew Forrester Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat can be heard in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday before Sunday’s game, Saturday’s walkthrough is closed to the media……According to Weather.com/The Weather Channel, it is expected to be sunny and about 70 degrees at kickoff Sunday

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Say Missed Tackles, YAC Have Aided Broncos’ Passing Success

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (3-1) returned to the practice field Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive, looking ahead to a Sunday showdown with the Denver Broncos (2-2) at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens’ AFC North foe enters Sunday’s contest with the top passing defense in the NFL, having compiled 339.5 yards per game over their first four contests. QB Kyle Orton has thrown for 295 yards or more in all four games, including 476 in a Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and 341 last Sunday in a win over the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens meanwhile enter the contest with the top passing defense in the league, allowing just 119 passing yards per game through their first four.

While Ravens Pro Bowl LB Ray Lewis said Wednesday that Orton is “throwing the ball extremely well”, he also noted that the Broncos have benefited from “a lot of missed tackles”, adding “the run after catch is huge.” Lewis said the Broncos may complete a number of passes Sunday, but the Ravens know “you have to hit them and stop them where they catch it at.” Ravens CB Fabian Washington agreed with Lewis, saying “their receivers are good after the catch. They can turn short yards into home runs. Once they catch the ball, you gotta get them on the ground.”

Ravens CB Lardarius Webb praised the Broncos’ WR corps, admitting “I didn’t how good these guys were until I cut up my film. Eddie Royal, Brandon Lloyd, (Jabar) Gaffney, these guys are some of the best.” Washington acknowledged the Broncos have four very talented wide receivers (including rookie Demaryius Thomas), but stated “I think we have five very good corners. I think we match up well with them.”

GAITHER UPDATE
: While Head Coach John Harbaugh offered reporters no additional information regarding OT Jared Gaither’s meeting with back special Dr. Robert Watkins Monday in Los Angeles, Gaither himself was a little more open.

Gaither said he still hasn’t been cleared to return to the football field; and that he was “not sure” what needs to happen to get clearance. Gaither pointed out, “I still have pain and I still don’t have all the movements, I guess I wouldn’t be cleared until I can do that.”

Gaither reiterated that every opinion he’s received has been that he wouldn’t need surgery for the back; but said he still has no timetable for when he can return. When asked about when he might be able to return to the team, Gaither didn’t have a timetable but said “I can’t wait” to get back on the field. Gaither was on the practice field last Wednesday, but said he was just trying to determine how much pain he could handle.

In the meantime, Gaither said he is working on “core stabilization.” He explained “I don’t know if there’s much treatment you can do to help a disc. You pretty much have to strengthen everything else around it and see how much pain you can take.”

With Gaither out, the Ravens acquired veteran OL Scott Kooistra Tuesday-replacing CB Prince Miller on the active roster. Harbaugh said the Ravens valued Kooistra’s experience in the AFC North. In the 7th season of his career, Kooista’s previous NFL experience was entirely with the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

PRACTICE NOTES: Five Ravens were not on the field during the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday. DE Paul Kruger (knee), WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder) and Gaither have all been ruled OUT Sunday. DE Cory Redding (concussion) was not on the practice field during the portion open to the media, but said earlier he had been given the “green light” to return and was not listed on the injury report.

RB’s Ray Rice and Willis McGahee as well as FB Le’Ron McClain were all on the practice field-Rice and McClain were full participants, McGahee wasn’t listed. Rice entered the team’s Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury, McGahee and McClain both suffered stingers during the win at Heinz Field.

LB Edgar Jones (thigh) was a limited participant in practice, TE Todd Heap (shoulder) was listed as a full participant.

For the Broncos, CB Champ Bailey (non-injury) and RB Spencer Larsen (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday. CB Andre Goodman (quad), RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) were all limited. All other Broncos were unlisted.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Lewis, Gaither, Webb, Washington, Gooden, Kruger, QB Joe Flacco, LB Jarret Johnson and WR TJ Houshmandzadeh NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……DT Lamar Divens is scheduled to join Drew Forrester Thursday morning at 7:00am on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……Johnson will get to see his good friend and former Ravens teammate in Broncos DL Justin Bannan Sunday; he said he told Bannan this week to “stay out of that white jersey. He looks awful in white.” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels told the Charm City media contingent in a conference call Wednesday that Bannan has brought “leadership skills” and a “great work ethic” to the Mile High City……Flacco said he kept a football from Sunday’s win, not because of the significance of the win, but instead because the ball had pink ribbons on it. Flacco admitted he liked the ball because it “was different”, and was going to steal one whether the Ravens won the game or not……The Ravens return to practice Thursday; coordinators Greg Mattison, Cam Cameron and Jerry Rosburg as well as LB Terrell Suggs are amongst those expected to meet with the media.

-G

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Ravens-Steelers Purple Haze Chat 1pm Today!

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Greetings from Heinz Field, where the Baltimore Ravens (2-1) will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) in an AFC North showdown at 1pm today. The game can be seen live on CBS (WJZ 13 locally) with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call. We will be chatting about the game in our “Purple Haze” chat, you can join us HERE.

Here are today’s inactives…

Ravens-
WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot)
CB Prince Miller
CB Josh Wilson
DT Arthur Jones
LB Edgar Jones
DL Cory Redding (concussion)
LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder)
OT Jared Gaither (back)

This of course means that RB Ray Rice (knee) is active; and DL’s Paul Kruger and Terrence Cody are both active for the first time this season. We are working under the assumption that Kruger will make the first start of his NFL career at DE as Trevor Pryce signed with the New York Jets earlier in the week.

Steelers-
CB Keenan Lewis
RB Jonathan Dwyer
CB Crezdon Butler
OT Tony Hills
DT Chris Hoke (knee)
OT Trai Essex (ankle)
WR Emmanuel Sanders
LB Thaddeus Gibson

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced earlier in the week that Charlie Batch will start at QB as Ben Roethlisberger serves the final game of his 4 game suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy. OL Doug Legursky will start at RG in place of Essex. The Steelers placed QB Dennis Dixon (knee) on Injured Reserve yesterday; they signed DT Steve McLendon to the active roster. McLendon is active today.

Ed Hochuli and crew will officiate today’s game. The Ravens will wear their white tops and white pants, the Steelers will wear their black tops and yellow pants. (They’re not gold. They’re yellow.) The sky in the Steel City remains is overcast, but Weather.com (The Weather Channel) says harder rain won’t be coming until after the game is over.

Come chat with us!

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Rice Practices Again, Appears Likely to Play Sunday

Posted on 01 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) took the field at 1 Winning Drive Friday morning, just two days away from an AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) at Heinz Field.

Four Ravens missed practice Friday. WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) and LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder) had already been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game. OT Jared Gaither (back) joined them after missing a second straight day. He had returned to practice Wednesday, but wasn’t able to work the rest of the week and won’t play Sunday.

Head coach John Harbaugh confirmed to the media that Gaither’s injury has “been a mystery” to the Ravens, and that they are sending him to see Los Angeles-based specialist Dr. Watkins Monday for re-evaluation. “Our doctors have looked at it, and they don’t see it in there right now” said Harbaugh. “We’ve got to find out from the best experts what exactly is causing that problem.”

DL Cory Redding (concussion) missed practice Friday after “working” on Thursday; he is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Redding told reporters he had not been cleared to return to football after suffering a concussion in last Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns.

Redding described himself as a “gameday decision”, adding “if it’s right, then I’ll be on the field Sunday. If it’s not, then I’ve got to be smart and take it easy.” He also said that while he was listed as a limited participant in practice Thursday, he was really just “observing” and had not practiced yet since the concussion.

RB Ray Rice (knee) participated in practice for a second straight day, he now appears likely to start Sunday despite being listed as questionable. Harbaugh said of Rice “I’m feeling pretty good…there’s a good chance he’ll play” Sunday.

LB Edgar Jones (thigh) returned to practice after missing Thursday. CB Chris Carr (thigh), LB Jarret Johnson (back) and OT Tony Moll (hip) were all on the field; they were all limited in practice Thursday. Moll and Jones are questionable to play Sunday; Carr and Johnson join C Matt Birk (back), OL Chris Chester (back), and TE Todd Heap (shoulder) as probable.

The Steelers’ Injury Report is significantly lighter. QB Dennis Dixon (knee), G Trai Essex (ankle) and DT Chris Hoke are all out for Sunday’s game; none practiced at all this week.

HARBAUGH OKAY WITH HOUSHMANDZADEH COMMENTS: WR TJ Houshmandzadeh suggested disappointment in his offensive role during an interview with MASN Thursday, but Harbaugh is not concerned about the comments.

“I think he wants to play, he wants reps, he wants the ball” said the coach. “He’s a competitive guy. He’s out here in practice taking all of the look team reps that we’ll let him take. We’ve got to pull him out. He just loves to play, and those are the kind of guys you want on your team.”

Harbaugh went on to say “we don’t worry about that stuff. That stuff is just talk and chatter and guys wanting to be part of things. When they step between the lines, we watch that. It’s how hard guys play and how committed they are to doing all the little things. I think all of our receivers are doing that.”

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Redding, DE Paul Kruger and DT Terrence Cody NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Harbaugh said he wasn’t disappointed in the decision of former DE Trevor Pryce to sign with the New York Jets, noting he made “a business decision. Harbaugh described Pryce as “a guy I like so much” and said Pryce “was a big part of what we’re doing here.”……Ed Hochuli’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game……Both Kruger and Cody appeared to be working with the first team kick return unit during the portion of practice open to media Thursday. Neither has been active yet this season, but Kruger said “I expect to play Sunday.”……According to Weather.com/The Weather Channel; the high in Pittsburgh Sunday will be 54 degrees, there are scattered showers in the forecast. Harbaugh said the Ravens are prepared for the rain; “we’re built for all conditions.”

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh “Highly Doubts” Kindle Plays This Season

Posted on 17 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens had their final media availability Friday morning at 1 Winning Drive before Sunday’s AFC North showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

The session was highlighted by significant news from head coach John Harbaugh concerning unsigned rookie LB Sergio Kindle. Harbaugh said that after Baltimore doctors put Kindle through a “battery of tests” from independent doctors in Charm City; it has been determined that Kindle is dealing with “serious (head) issues.” Harbaugh admitted “I think the chances of him playing this year are slim.”

Kindle suffered a fractured skull in an accident at a friend’s house in Austin, Texas the week before the team was to report to Training Camp at McDaniel College in Westminster.

Harbaugh said the team still intends to sign Kindle to “some form of a deal that reflects the situation”, admitting that the team is both trying to “protect Steve (Bisciotti)’s investment” in their 2nd round pick; but also give the rookie “an opportunity” to get into the facility and around the team. The team will work with the NFL and the NFLPA regarding the contract, a team official said they do not know of a precedent as to how the contract will be formulated.

Harbaugh said he expected Kindle to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, but said he “highly doubts” Kindle will play in 2010. While on PUP or IR, Kindle would still be able to participate in team meetings, work out at the Owings Mills facility and be monitored by team doctors.

While the team wants to get Kindle signed as quickly as possible, the Ravens would not face a league deadline to sign Kindle as they do not intend for him to play in 2010. Should they not sign him before the 2011 NFL Draft, they would lose the exclusive rights to negotiate with him and he would be eligible to be selected by another team.

INJURY UPDATE: WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) and OT Jared Gaither (back) have already been ruled out for the game, so it was no surprise to not see them on the practice field during the portion open to the media.

The more alarming news for the Ravens was that LB Jarret Johnson (back spasms) was on the field but did not participate for a 2nd straight day.

Johnson was listed as “questionable” for Sunday’s game on the team’s final injury report. Should he be unable to play Sunday in Cincy, LB Prescott Burgess would be likely to start in his place. LB Edgar Jones and DE Paul Kruger could also be asked to help fill the void.

Johnson has played in all but one game during his career since being selected in the 4th round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Alabama. When asked whether Johnson had a good chance to get on the Sunday, Harbaugh said simply “I think he does.” Johnson also said he “should be” good to get on the field.

Five Ravens were listed as “limited” participants on Friday’s injury report. LB Ray Lewis (foot), LB Jameel McClain (knee), TE Todd Heap (shoulder), LB Tavares Gooden (thigh), WR Anquan Boldin (thigh) and DT Terrence Cody (knee) were all limited participants Friday, but are all listed as “questionable for Sunday”. Heap and Cody are the only players on that list whose status is a legitimate concern for Sunday’s game; but Cody has practiced all week and Heap has practiced on back to back days.

When asked about his chances of getting on the field Sunday, Cody said the “only thing that could stop me is if the coaches won’t let me play.” Cody however stopped short of declaring himself a lock for Sunday’s game. When asked if he would definitely see the field, Cody responded “I don’t know.”

When asked about his shoulder injury, Heap said “I feel good right now, we’ll have to see how it feels on Sunday.” Heap reaffirmed that he “should be good” to play.

WR Anquan Boldin (thigh) and WR Marcus Smith (knee) were full participants in practice Friday and are listed as “probable” to play Sunday.

CB Lardarius Webb (knee) has not been listed on any of this week’s injury reports and was a full participant in every practice leading up to the Week 1 win over the New York Jets. Webb did not play in Week 1, and there is no guarantee he will play Sunday. Harbaugh offered only a response of “I don’t know” when asked about the 2nd year corner from Nicholls State; but said “I think there’s a chance (he plays).”

For the Bengals, DE Jonathan Fanene (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game. RB Brian Leonard (foot) and LB Keith Rivers (foot) are listed as probable.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Heap, Cody and Johnson NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Bisciotti watched practice Friday morning from the field at 1 Winning Drive, he spent part of practice chatting with Harbaugh……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday and then travel to the Queen City Saturday night. Saturday’s walkthrough is not open to the media……P Sam Koch joined Drew Forrester Friday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that conversation can be heard in the Audio Vault as well……For the quickest and most significant Ravens updates respectively, follow WNST on Twitter (@WNST) and make sure you’re signed up for the WNST Text Service.

-G

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