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Live From Owings Mills: Ray Lewis says Peyton Hillis Performance “Won’t Happen Again”

Posted on 22 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (10-4) returned to work at 1 Winning Drive Wednesday, looking ahead to Sunday’s Week 16 contest with the Cleveland Browns (5-9) at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Ravens defeated the Browns 24-17 in a Week 3 contest at M&T Bank Stadium, but they gave up an alarming 144 yards rushing to Browns RB Peyton Hillis in the loss.

Ravens players said Wednesday an encore performance should not be expected.

“A blind cat will find a meal every once in awhile” said LB Ray Lewis. “It’s just the way it happens. The thing about this league is consistency. We understand the two big runs that we gave up against him. (As) our team’s leader-it won’t happen again.”

Lewis went on to say “we definitely aren’t coming in there to give him over 100 yards again.”

Lewis wasn’t the only player to say the team intended to shut down the Browns’ likely Pro Bowl back.

“Definitely won’t happen again” said DT Haloti Ngata. “Some things they did a good job (of) scheming us and finding the holes for Peyton to hit. He’s a north and south runner, he doesn’t really like to run sideways and cut down. If we just close those holes for him to go through, then he’s gonna have to run sideways and we can probably get him better that way.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh said he thought the rematch provided motivation for his defense.

“I’m sure it does. I think it’s part of it. We’re motivated because stopping the run is important. They’re a team that prides themselves in running the ball.”

Before the Week 3 contest, Hillis had run for 100 yards just once in his NFL career (3rd season). Since the Week 3 contest, Hillis has run for 100 yards or more in four additional contests.

PRACTICE REPORT: TE Todd Heap (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday. It was the first time Heap had practiced since being forced to leave the team’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter. Heap’s chances of seeing the field Sunday have to be considered greatly improved after returning to the practice field. He was listed as a limited participant, as was WR Derrick Mason (ankle).

S Tom Zbikowski (back) remained out of practice Wednesday. He has not seen the field since leaving the team’s Week 14 win over the Houston Texans early. Harbaugh had hinted Friday Injured Reserve could still be an option for Zbikowski.

WR/KR David Reed did not participate in practice Wednesday after leaving the team’s Week 15 win over the New Orleans Saints in the first half with a concussion. His status for Sunday is considered to be in jeopardy. If Reed is unable to play, RB/KR Jalen Parmele is expected to return kicks in his place.

OL Tony Moll (illness) and LB Jason Phillips (illness) also did not participate in practice Wednesday, neither is believed to be in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game. C Matt Birk (knee) and WR Marcus Smith (shoulder) were listed as full participants Wednesday.

In Berea, six Browns players missed practice Wednesday.

LB Eric Alexander (groin), QB Colt McCoy (illness), TE Evan Moore (hip), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle/hip), TE Robert Royal (shoulder) and Hillis (knee) did not participate.

LB Marcus Bernard (shoulder), DB Sheldon Brown (shoulder), DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), WR Josh Cribbs (foot), WR Chansi Stuckey (thigh), OL John St. Clair (ankle) and OL Floyd Womack (knee) were listed as limited participants.

All other Browns and Ravens players were not listed on Wednesday’s injury report.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Lewis, Ngata, QB Joe Flacco, WR Anquan Boldin and RB Ray Rice now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Boldin was presented with the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award by Team President Dick Cass Wednesday. All 32 teams name an honoree, one of those players will be chosen as the league recipient after the season……Parmele is scheduled to join Drew Forrester at 7:20am Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……John Parry’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game……The Ravens re-signed OL Bryan Mattison to the practice squad Wednesday, he had been waived from the active roster Monday so the team could sign TE Davon Drew from the practice squad……The Ravens will return to practice Thursday; coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg are scheduled to meet with the media

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Emotional Cam Cameron Says “That Was a Heck of a Blow the Other Night…But it Wasn’t a Fatal Blow”

Posted on 10 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (8-4) returned to practice Friday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for their Monday Night Football showdown with the Houston Texans (5-7) at Reliant Stadium.

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron met with the media Friday for the first time since coming under fire for questionable decisions at the end the team’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.

“There’s nothing that’s been said that I wouldn’t have already said” said Cameron. “You just didn’t get to me first.”

Cameron was specifically criticized for calling a pass play on 2nd & 5 late in the 4th quarter. The play resulted in Steelers safety Troy Polamalu sacking Ravens QB Joe Flacco and causing a fumble. The fumble was recovered by Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley inside the Ravens’ 10 yard line, setting up the Steelers’ game-winning touchdown pass.

“You’re looking at the guy responsible (for the result)” said Cameron. “There was a flaw in that protection…that I did not catch for some reason. In 25+ years, I’ve never seen that happen. It showed up at the worst time it possibly could have. It’s my job to catch that flaw, and that flaw has been corrected.”

Cameron also defended the play call in general.

“I think football is way beyond running and throwing. It’s executing the run, executing the pass. This is 2010. That’s just the way it is. You call a run, you execute it. You call a pass, you execute it. It’s about execution. That’s the thing we have to remember.”

Cameron made sure to state his belief that the team could bounce back from the tough loss.

“That was a heck of a blow the other night, I get that. But it wasn’t a fatal blow. The confidence I have starting with Joe (Flacco) all the way through this offense ain’t changing. You can look at it however you want to look at it. When we come off that field, we’re going to give our players a chance to have won the game for us, and I trust these guys. It didn’t work out the other night, but it’s going to work out a lot more than it isn’t.

PRACTICE REPORT: TE Todd Heap missed practice again Friday as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in the team’s  loss to the Steelers. Heap is not expected to be available Monday night.

CB Fabian Washington (thigh) did not participate in Friday’s practice either. His status is not believed to be in jeopardy for Monday night. CB Lardarius Webb (thigh) was a limited participant, FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle) was a full participant.

The Texans have ruled TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) out for Monday’s game. WR Andre Johnson (ankle) and DE Mario Williams (groin) were limited participants in practice Friday.

LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring), G Mike Brisiel (shoulder) LB Brian Cushing (knee), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), TE Joel Dreessen (ribs), CB Glover Quin (hand), QB Matt Schaub (knee) and OT Eric Winston (shoulder) were all full participants in Texans practice Friday.

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg and S Ed Reed now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……FB Jason McKie joined Drew Forrester Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well……According to Weather.com/The Weather Channel, temperatures are expected to between 40 and 50 degrees Monday night in Houston, the Texans are planning to keep the roof open at Reliant Stadium……The Ravens will return to practice Saturday at 1 Winning Drive. Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with the media following Saturday’s practice

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ray Lewis Says Ravens Will Help Pay Jameel McClain’s Fine

Posted on 09 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (8-4) returned to work Thursday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for their Monday Night Football showdown with the Houston Texans (9-3) at Reliant Stadium.

LB Ray Lewis was asked Thursday about the $40,000 fine the NFL handed down to fellow LB Jameel McClain for a hit on Steelers TE Heath Miller in the team’s Week 13 loss to Pittsburgh at M&T Bank Stadium.

“I told him I might try to help him” said Lewis. “But that’s a rough one.”

Lewis defended McClain’s play.

“When I saw the hit, I’m like ‘good hit’” said the future Hall of Famer. “From there (in) the next two days you hear $40,000 and you’re like ‘Wow. For real? For a hit?’”

Lewis said Ravens teammates would pitch in to help McClain pay the fine.

“$40,000 is $40,000; so we can do what we gotta do whatever we can do for him to definitely help him out.”

Lewis seemed convinced that nothing will change the NFL’s policy for levying major fines for devastating hits.

“They’re gonna do it regardless, and that’s what’s frustrating. It’s gonna happen. I think guys just gotta keep moving on because they have a plan in play right now and they’re gonna execute it from what they’ve shown. It doesn’t matter what you say, it doesn’t matter what you try to do. If you deal with it long enough, you’re gonna drive yourself crazy. Play the game, have fun and hopefully those things don’t come your way.”

PRACTICE REPORT: TE Todd Heap (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday. He was forced to leave the Ravens’ Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in the first quarter. Heap is not expected to be available Monday night.

All other Ravens were on the practice field Thursday and are expected to be available Monday night. CB Fabian Washington (thigh) was a limited participant, FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle) was a full participant.

The Texans released a lengthy injury report Thursday. TE Garrett Graham (hamstring), WR Andre Johnson (ankle) and DE Mario Williams (groin) did not participate in practice.

LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring), G Mike Brisiel (shoulder), LB Brian Cushing (knee), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), TE Joel Dreesen (ribs), CB Glover Quin (hand), QB Matt Schaub (knee) and OT Eric Winston (shoulder) were all full participants.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Lewis, QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice and CB Chris Carr now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……TE Ed Dickson joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well. FB Jason McKie is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 7:15…..The Texans have announced that they will wear red uniforms Monday night as part of a “Battle Red” promotion……The Ravens will return to practice Friday. Coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg are expected to meet with 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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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Stephen Curry threw a pretty ridiculous half court alley-oop to Dorell Wright last night in Oakland…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhxbCZHdgRw[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says ‘rivalry week’ atmosphere setting in for Ravens at 1 Winning Drive

In fact, I heard that instead of giving away purple towels Sunday night, the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium will be handed t-shirts that read “Duck Fuke.”

Oh, me…

This really is the most exciting game of the year, there’s simply no other way to say it. You can tell from the moment you walk into the building that there is a different excitement and electricity to the week.

It’s palpable.

There isn’t quite the “hurry up and get past it” feel to this week that there was last week leading up to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, or the week before to the Carolina Panthers game.

This week there’s a “hurry up and get there, then please don’t end” feeling.

It won’t be this exciting again until January.

At least…we hope.

2. CSNBaltimore.com’s Joe Platania says Le’Ron McClain only Ravens player not practicing Wednesday

Which is a measure of good news for the Ravens considering all of the named on their injury report.

Dawan Landry was limited, but the rest of the guys were full participants. It would lead you to believe that McClain is the only player in SERIOUS jeopardy of missing Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Of course, if Michael Oher is suddenly missing from practice TODAY-whatever good news came yesterday gets IMMEDIATELY thrown out the window.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Terrell Suggs named AFC Defensive Player of the Month

Well deserved.

What honor comes from winning Player of the Month? THIS picture of Sandra Valencia. (Thanks Brosome via Busted Coverage!)

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4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says John Harbaugh dismissed Hines Ward handshake complaints

He handled the question better than I would have. My response would have been “Are you effing serious?”

It probably wouldn’t have been “effing.”

A few things before we move on from the Ravens…

-We’ll be back out in Owings Mills today as the Ravens return to practice. Coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570 WNST throughout the day, checking back here at WNST.net and following us on Twitter (@WNST).

-Did you miss NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today here at WNST.net to check it out. Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who went around the NFL with Drew Thursday
  • Mike DeCourcy (Sporting News)-who talked early season college basketball with Drew Thursday
  • Our weekly Morning Reaction “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers”-as Drew took a shot at “competition” and Glenn Clark took a shot at the Cleveland Cavaliers/Miami Heat buildup
  • Ralph Friedgen (ACC Coach of the Year)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday for “The Terrapins Coaches’ Report”
  • Dave Miller (National Football Post)-who went around College Football with Thyrl Wednesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Barry Barnes (Fanhouse)-who previewed Ravens/Steelers with Rex Snider Wednesday on “The Afternoon Drive”
  • Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com)-who talked Fantasy Football with Rex Wednesday
  • All sorts of audio from Owings Mills Wednesday; including Harbaugh, Suggs, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Jarret Johnson and Haloti Ngata

It’s all in the Audio Vault…so…ENJOY! Thank me later.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Orioles make offer to 1B Paul Konerko

And you guys HAVE to feel silly, because I already printed my World Series tickets back when they signed Mitch Atkins. You’re probably going to miss out.

The immediate rumors are that Paul Konerko is probably going to pull a Paul Konerko here. The O’s will offer him a bunch of money and he’ll say “thanks but no thanks.” The word is that because he lives in Arizona, he wants to play for a team that does (at least) Spring Training there.

My suggestion? The Orioles move Spring Training to Tempe. It would at least make me happy. Isn’t that what matters?

If Konerko turns down the money, the Orioles still have to go get SOMEONE. I’m not sure if they’re aware, but Adam Dunn is available. I haven’t heard about them offering him a contract, which is surprising-because he’s pretty good.

Someone should let them know.

6. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Birds could choose not to tender contract offer to Matt Albers

No matter what happens, Matt Albers HAS to return to Charm City. His fake Twitter account is amongst the best in town.

Of course, if Albers leaves town, the Orioles will need some bullpen help.

7. The AP’s Genaro C. Armas says Jordan Williams posted double double as Maryland won at Penn State

The Nittany Lions are SO bad I actually almost felt bad for Talor Battle for a second.

Empty arena in Happy Valley. Teammates that didn’t bother to come back out for the second half.

Wow.

This takes nothing away from what Gary Williams’ Terrapins did last night, as the Terps recovered from a terrible first five minutes to dispatch PSU easily.

It was absolutely what we expected them to do, but it was important that they did it.

The Terps return to action Sunday night when they face Temple at the Verizon Center in the BB&T Classic.

8. The AP says Isaiah Philmore’s buzzer beater lifted Towson past Western Michigan at Towson Center

For the first time in my life, I left the Towson Center last night saying to myself…

“What I just saw was really special.”

(Edit from GMC: No offense to 3 Doors Down, FUEL and Oleander-who put on a hell of a show at the Towson Center when I was in 12th grade. But this was better.)

Troy Franklin and Braxton Dupree did a hell of a job in leading the Tigers back from down 15 in the 2nd half, but it was the John Carroll product who delivered the dagger…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8alC-otdSrM[/youtube]

9. ESPN.com says San Diego State will be Navy’s opponent in Poinsettia Bowl

If I was Ken Niumatalolo, I probably wouldn’t care too much who my Midshipmen were playing…mostly because I’d be in SAN FREAKING DIEGO.

Other things I don’t care too much about? Anything to do with Jessica Burciaga that ISN’T this picture. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)…

burciaga

10. The Sun’s Katherine Dunn previews weekend High School Football championship games

And tonight’s first title game is Franklin-Wilde Lake (7pm, M&T Bank Stadium live on WNUV 54.)

I’ll go 26-16 Indians.

I know this much…North Harford isn’t there. That’s all that matters.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here are my picks to win this year’s significant Grammy Awards (the nominations came out last night).

Album of the Year….Eminem “Recovery”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s[/youtube]

Song of the Year and Record of the Year….Cee-Lo “F*** You” (Language NSFW)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0mxOXbWIU[/youtube]

Best New Artist….Drake

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRLSQDCkcaA[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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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: Ravens Ready to Face Panthers QB St. Pierre

Posted on 18 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (6-3) returned to the practice field Thursday, continuing preparations for Sunday’s showdown with the Carolina Panthers (1-8) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Panthers coach John Fox ended speculation today by confirming that the team will start veteran QB Brian St. Pierre in Sunday’s game. St. Pierre was with the Ravens during the 2005 season, Sunday will mark the first career NFL start for the 8th year QB out of Boston College.

Ravens Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison said he had some familiarity with St. Pierre from his time at BC. Despite St. Pierre’s lack of experience, Mattison said “that’s their quarterback. He’s an NFL quarterback. We have to get after him.”

St. Pierre has thrown just five passes in his NFL career, including one touchdown last season while with the Arizona Cardinals. He was selected to start ahead of rookie Tony Pike; as Jimmy Clausen will miss Sunday’s game due to a concussion suffered in the team’s Week 10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Moore began the season as the team’s starting QB, but he was placed on Injured Reserve (IR) on November 8 with a shoulder injury.

While Mattison was addressing the media Thursday, Ravens LB Terrell Suggs was lingering nearby. Mattison asked the former Pro Bowl LB what he knew about St. Pierre, to which Suggs responded “I know how to get after his ass.”

ROSBURG STICKING WITH DAVID REED: Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg confirmed Thursday that WR David Reed would remain the team’s kick returner moving forward.

“I think David Reed has grown every week that we’ve put him back there” said Rosburg. “You see things in the returns that you like to see. This last week I saw him split the middle on one of our returns. If we were able to get the safety, he might have made a big play.”

Rosburg was not as forthcoming with information about who would return punts moving forward. “We’ll find out Sunday” said Rosburg.

Rosburg confirmed that WR Donte’ Stallworth, CB Lardarius Webb and S Tom Zbikowski are all part of the punt return picture. Zbikowski has not played since suffering a bruised heel in the Ravens’ Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough.

Rosburg was clearly frustrated with Webb losing a fumble in the Ravens’ Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

“The first priority we have whenever we’re going out there in the return game is to give our offense the ball” said Rosburg. “It’s something we’ve been working on. We have a high priority in ball security.”

PRACTICE REPORT: S Tom Zbikowski (foot) was again the only Ravens player missing from the open portion of practice Thursday. Zbikowski is not expected to be available for Sunday’s game.

OT Marshal Yanda missed practice Thursday, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron later confirmed Yanda missed practice because his wife was in labor with their first child. Yanda is expected to play Sunday.

CB Fabian Washington (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. TE Todd Heap (chest) was limited for a second straight day, LB Tavares Gooden (head) was a full participant after being limited Wednesday.

The Panthers again had a long list of players who did not participate in practice Thursday. Clausen (concussion), S Marcuas Hudson (ankle), DE Charles Johnson (hip), WR Brandon LaFell (concussion), RB Jonathan Stewart (concussion), RB Tyrell Sutton (ankle) and OT Travelle Wharton (toe) were all held out of practice.

LB Jon Beason (knee) was a limited participant Thursday after missing practice Wednesday. DE Greg Hardy (concussion) and LB Nic Harris (knee) were limited participants for a second straight day.

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Mattison, Rosburg, David Reed and RB Ray Rice NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Ravens LB Sergio Kingle (Reserve Non-Injury) joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well. LB Prescott Burgess is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 7:30am, David Reed is scheduled to join Rex Snider Thursday at 5:45pm on “The Afternoon Drive” on AM1570 WNST…..The Ravens will hold their final open practice of the week Friday, Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to address the media following Friday’s practice……Al Riveron’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Jimmy Fallon actually did something funny. I won’t even bother with a “no offense” precursor. Fallon really isn’t that funny.

But he was the other night.

Here’s Fallon (joined by Bruce Springsteen) performing a version of “Whip My Hair” by Willow…AS Neil Young.

Sounds complicated. Just watch. It’s REALLY funny.

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens not looking past Carolina Panthers

Nor could they.

As I’ve said ad nauseam this season, it just doesn’t work like that in the NFL.

In the NFL, players literally do nothing all week EXCEPT prepare for that Sunday’s opponent.

Everywhere a player walks in Owings Mills this week, they see pictures of Panthers players like Jon Beason. Every time they talk to a coach, they’re hearing something about John Fox’s schemes.

They might well know that their NFC South opponent is inferior, but they’re still spending an entire week with their single focus on that team.

No one is talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No one is thinking about the Pittsburgh Steelers or the New Orleans Saints.

The ONLY thought process in the building this week is Sunday’s game in Charlotte.

In college football, there are distractions. An Alabama player can hear about Vanderbilt all week in practice, but when they go to class and when they’re sitting around the dorm room; their friends are all saying things like “yeah, but what about that Florida game?”

It doesn’t work that way in the National Football League.

The lecture halls are inside the facility. There are no dorm rooms.

There’s just a focus on Sunday’s opponent.

That doesn’t mean a victory is guaranteed at Bank of America Stadium Sunday. The ball isn’t round. Lots of things can happen.

But if the Ravens were to lose Sunday, it wouldn’t happen because the Ravens were looking past the Panthers this week.

2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says secondary play remains ‘primary concern’ for Ravens

As I said before, I genuinely believe personnel to be the problem for the Ravens defensively.

For example, how much better do you think the secondary would be if Chuck Pagano had Tiffany Taylor to work with? (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Panthers haven’t decided between Tony Pike or Brian St. Pierre as starter

Not exactly Joe Montana or Steve Young, huh?

I feel like Tony Pike’s familiarity with the system makes him the better option; but then again-it’s Tony Pike.

More bad news for Carolina Wednesday, as the team was forced to place RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) on Injured Reserve. With Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton also banged up, expect Mike Goodson to start Sunday.

So…you know, the Panthers have that going for them.

4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Tom Zbikowski didn’t practice again; Tavares Gooden, Todd Heap and Fabian Washington were all limited

Before we move on from the Ravens, a few things…

-The Ravens will be back on the practice field today at 1 Winning Drive, with coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg scheduled to speak to the media following practice, as well as RB Ray Rice. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570 WNST, checking WNST.net and following us on Twitter (@WNST).

-Did you miss Ravens LB Sergio Kindle with Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out! Other things you can find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who went around the NFL with Drew Thursday
  • Brett Adams (Mustangs Basketball Coach)-who discussed the “Pride of Maryland” DIII Tournament with Drew Thursday during the Stevenson Coaches’ Report
  • Our Morning Reaction “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers” Thursday-as Drew took a shot at Andy MacPhail and Glenn Clark took a shot at Colin Cowherd
  • Plenty of Audio From 1 Winning Drive Wednesday; including John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Josh Wilson, Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason and Jarret Johnson
  • Larry McReynolds (NASCAR Analyst-Fox, SPEED)-who joined Rex Snider Wednesday on “The Afternoon Drive” to preview Sunday’s “Chase for the Cup” finale
  • Clark Judge (CBSSports.com)-who went around the NFL with Rex Wednesday
  • James Franklin (Maryland Offensive Coordinator/Head Coach in Waiting)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday for the “Terrapins Coaches’ Report”
  • Heather Dinich (ESPN.com)-who went around ACC Football with Thyrl Wednesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”

Once again, it’s all in the Audio Vault. Make sure you head over there today to check it out!

5. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Buck Showalter not a factor in American League Manager of the Year voting

And I think we’re all smart to enough to admit that because he only managed for a third of the season, he DIDN’T deserve the consideration. It of course doesn’t take away anything that he did for the Orioles this season.

You might not know this, but I get a Manager of the Year vote. It didn’t go to Ron Gardenhire OR Ron Washington. Instead, it went to Jodie Marsh. (Thanks Guyism!)

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6. WNST.net’s Rex Snider wonders why Andy MacPhail didn’t go after Dan Uggla

Peter Schmuck addressed this in his blog yesterday. Dan Uggla wouldn’t have been a PERFECT fit for the O’s. They already have a second baseman in Brian Roberts, and there would be a learning curve for Dan Uggla should he be forced to move to third base. He’s also only under contract for one more year.

That being said, the O’s could ABSOLUTELY use his bat in their lineup.

Of course, the Birds could use ANY bat in the lineup. It won’t be Uggla, but there are other bats on the table.

I’ve already explained how I feel about Adam Dunn.

7. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says legendary trainer Mack Lewis to be remembered with Charm City viewing today

It will be a great regret in my life that I was never able to get to know Mack Lewis.

The man was an incredible example of exactly what makes our city great. Almost in the vein of Bea Gaddy.

He will be sorely missed, and I am VERY sad that I never had the opportunity to sit down and talk with him.

Today’s viewing is from 4-8pm at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home on York Rd. The funeral is tomorrow at 11am at Gilliam Concert Hall at Morgan State’s Murphy Fine Arts Center.

8. The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says Maryland finally expecting big crowd at Byrd Stadium for Florida State battle Saturday night

The attendance has been a MAJOR issue for the folks in College Park.

Frankly, the attendance has a lot to do with why new AD Kevin Anderson wouldn’t guarantee Ralph Friedgen’s future despite solid on field performance this season.

The team deserves a great turnout Saturday night for the battle with the Seminoles.

It ISN’T just a game with major ACC Championship Game implications. It’s actually an elimination game for the Terrapins. If they lose Saturday night, the NC State game the following week will be meaningless, as FSU will guarantee themselves a 6-2 conference finish.

It’s a big game. There SHOULD be a big crowd.

9. The AP says Dylon Cormier scored 20 points to lead Loyola past UMBC at Reitz Arena

Also worth noting that Jamal Barney dropped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for Jimmy Patsos’ Greyhounds in the win; while Travis King lead Randy Monroe’s Retrievers with 22 points in the loss.

Morgan State is an action tonight, as Todd Bozeman’s Bears get another great chance to knock off a major conference opponent when they visit Providence at 7pm. Providence is picked to finish at the bottom level of the Big East this season, and Bozeman already has a win over a Big East team at Morgan State, as he beat DePaul in Chicago two years ago.

And some NCAA Tournament soccer action tonight, as Pete Caringi’s UMBC Retrievers visit Princeton at 7pm.

10. UMTerps.com previews Terrapins’ tussle with Pitt tonight at Madison Square Garden

I’ll go Panthers 84, Terps 71.

I wish I felt better about it.

To soften the blow, here’s a picture of Kelly Carrington. (Thanks Next Round!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I hope to see you out at the Down Under Restaurant at Fullerton Pub tonight. We’re trying to raise 1,570 canned goods this holiday season-so we need your help!

If you come out, we can BS about sports. Or food. Or beer. Or rock and roll. Or chicks. Or Pro Wrestling. If you approach me with a Chris Jericho-related question, it might earn you a beer.

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Not Overlooking Panthers

Posted on 17 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (6-3) returned to work Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for Sunday’s contest with the Carolina Panthers (1-8) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Despite the Panthers’ 1-8 record, the Ravens expect their NFC South opponent to be ready Sunday.

“No matter who you’re playing or what their record is, it’s still the National Football League” said LB Ray Lewis. “Every team is going to come out and give you 100%, no matter who it is.” Lewis went on to add “if you’ve watched enough of their games, they’ve been in every ballgame. They’re fighting to the end. They are a very very talented team.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh said he was particularly impressed with Carolina’s rushing attack. “They run the ball as well as anyone in the (NFL). Offensive line, combination blocks, the gap schene combination blocks where the linemen are working together to knock a defensive lineman off the ball into the backers and the zone schemes where they’re stepping outside to knock a defensive lineman off the ball into the backers-they probably do that better than anybody in the league right now.”

The Panthers were forced to start RB Mike Goodson in their Week 10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to injuries to RB’s DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton. The Panthers placed Williams on Injured Reserve (IR) Wednesday with a foot injury.

Ravens LB Jarret Johnson thinks Carolina’s running attack will be tough to start no matter which back plays.

“They’re all good. You see Williams and Stewart go down, and you’re like ‘great.’ (But) the other two dudes (Sutton and Goodson) are freaking awesome. These guys are studs, we were really surprised at just how talented these two backups are.”

RAVENS LEANING ON CANTWELL
: Ravens Practice Squad QB Hunter Cantwell is particularly familiar with the Panthers.

Cantwell spent the majority of the 2009 season on the Panthers’ practice squad before being promoted to their active roster when then starting QB Jake Delhomme was placed on IR last December. Cantwell spent all of Training Camp with the Panthers this season before being signed by the Ravens following final cuts. Cantwell is in his 2nd NFL season out of Louisville, he was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Harbaugh said the team “met with (Cantwell) long and hard Monday and Tuesday” in preparation for Sunday’s game. He admitted “guys don’t remember as much sometimes as you’d like for them to. He didn’t bring a notebook. We asked about that.”

Cantwell told reporters Wednesday “I was there a year and a half and the coaches had me come in and watch film with them and talk about some of the things I had seen when I was there. It’s funny how nothing is hidden in this league.” He went on to add “talking to Harbaugh and (Offensive Coordinator Cam) Cameron even before I had said a word out of my mouth, they had pretty much already had on paper everything I could tell them. That’s a testament to them and how well they prepare and get this team prepared. I wanted to do my part to help. The coaches already had it down.”

PRACTICE REPORT: S Tom Zbikowski (foot) did not participate during the open portion of Ravens practice Wednesday. Zbikowski has not practiced since suffering a bruised heel in the team’s Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots. Zbikowski is not expected to be available Sunday.

FB Le’Ron McClain and TE Todd Heap (chest) did not appear as though they had participated in contact drills Wednesday, neither is a particular concern. While Heap was listed as a limited participant, McClain was not listed on the injury report. CB Fabian Washington and LB Tavares Gooden (head) were also listed as limited participants.

The Panthers had a number of players listed on their injury report. LB Jon Beason (knee), QB Jimmy Clausen (concussion), S Marcuas Hudson (ankle), WR Brandon LaFell (concussion), OT Travelle Wharton (toe), Stewart (concussion) and Sutton (ankle) all did not participate in practice Wednesday.

DE Greg Hardy (concussion), LB Nic Harris (knee) and DE Charles Johnson (hip) were all limited participants.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Johnson, Lewis, QB Joe Flacco, WR Derrick Mason and CB Josh Wilson NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……CBS Color Analyst Solomon Wilcots joined Drew Forrester Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to preview Sunday’s game, that chat can also be heard in the Audio Vault. Wilcots and Kevin Harlan will call Sunday’s game……WR/KR David Reed is scheduled to join Rex Snider at 5pm on “The Afternoon Drive” Wednesday on AM1570 WNST, LB Sergio Kinle (Reserve/Non-Football Injury) is scheduled to join Forrester Thursday morning at 7:10……The Ravens will return to practice Thursday, coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg are scheduled to meet with the media following practice, as well as RB Ray Rice

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Could Jameel McClain Be Answer To Ravens’ Pass Rush Troubles?

Posted on 04 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) returned to 1 Winning Drive Thursday, continuing preparations for Sunday’s showdown with the Miami Dolphins (4-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.

Possibly the greatest area of trouble for the Ravens this season has been the team’s pass rush-or lack thereof. Through seven games, the Ravens have tallied just 12 sacks, making them 24th in the NFL in the category. The Ravens spent their bye week looking at all facets of the game, with Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison saying the team “tweaked” certain areas.

One factor that could help the Ravens improve their lackluster pass rush is the team’s health. Before their Week 7 win over the Buffalo Bills, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo returned to the team from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. LB Tavares Gooden is expected to return this Sunday, he’s been out since suffering a shoulder injury in a Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

While neither Gooden nor Ayanbadejo is an outside linebacker or a natural pass rusher, having them back could free up Mattison to use other linebackers in pass rush situations. “It allows us to be a little more flexible with playing our guys in different positions” said Mattison, who had thought one ILB in particular could be a good option on the rush.

“Jameel (McClain) has pass rush ability” said Mattison. “He’s always the next guy to go in. Some guys have never done it. There’s a knack to that. You can’t just be a fast guy and say ‘I’m gonna run and I’m gonna be a pass rusher.’”

McClain has been the Ravens’ starting WILL LB this season, but has split snaps with fellow LB Dannell Ellerbe. With Ayanbadejo and Gooden healthy and LB Jason Phillips also an inside option, the Ravens could be more willing to work McClain into pass rush situations.

“I would always like the opportunity to get after the quarterback and do more for the team” said McClain. “But that’s on the coaches. Whenever they call my number, I’ll be prepared.”

McClain is aware that the returns of Ayanbadejo and Gooden could force him into more of a pass rush role. “Obviously it gives me an opportunity to rush. I could put my hand in the dirt and run anytime. That’s something that comes natural, like going out there and hitting people.”

McClain does have a history of getting after the quarterback. In 2006 as a Junior at Syracuse, McClain tallied 9.5 sacks. However, he has not registered a sack in his NFL career since 2008, when he tallied 2.5 as a rookie.

McClain doesn’t believe the Ravens are far from solving their pass rush issues.

“We just gotta get there an extra step faster.”

ROSBURG WON’T COMMIT TO PUNT RETURNER: With S Tom Zbikowski unlikely to be able to play Sunday, the Ravens will have to make a decision at punt returner.

CB Lardarius Webb was given an opportunity in the role during the team’s Week 7 win over the Buffalo Bills, and Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg told reporters Thursday Webb “appeared comfortable” fielding his first punts at the NFL level.

Webb is not the team’s only option at PR. CB Chris Carr has a great deal of experience returning punts, and WR Donte’ Stallworth is expected to return to the field Sunday as well. WR Derrick Mason has also campaigned to get reps as punt returner, but it unlikely to receive them.

Rosburg was completely non-committal when asked who would be in the role Sunday, saying “we have a number of guys back there who are practicing. We’ll see who shows up on Sunday.”

PRACTICE REPORT: Zbikowski (foot) was the only Raven not participating in practice Thursday, he is not expected to play Sunday vs. the Fins. TE Dennis Pitta (head) returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday, he was listed as limited. Stallworth (foot) was a full participant.

The Ravens practiced indoors Thursday due to rain in the Charm City area.

In Miami, RB Patrick Cobbs (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday. S Yeremiah Bell (toe) was limited in practice for a second straight day, LB Channing Crowder (thumb) was a full participant.

NOTES: Hear from Mattison, J. McClain, Rosburg, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, DE Cory Redding and CB Domonique Foxworth (IR) NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……FB Le’Ron McClain joined Drew Forrester Thursday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat can be heard in the Audio Vault as well. CB Cary Williams is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 7:15am……John Parry’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 meet with the media after practice

-G

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