Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Work While NFL Mourns

December 17, 2009 | Glenn Clark

4:00- INJURY REPORT – Ravens:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Mark Clayton (knee)
T Jared Gaither (foot)
S K.J. Gerard (thigh)
LB Jarret Johnson (knee/back)
DT Brandon McKinney (back)
S Ed Reed (groin/foot)
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)
WR Kelley Washington (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
C Matt Birk (neck)
WR Derrick Mason (finger)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)
TE LJ Smith (ankle)

Bears:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Devin Hester (calf)
LB Jamar Williams (ankle) 
FULL PARTICIPATION
CB Zach Bowman (illness)
DT Tommie Harris (knee)
T Orlando Pace (groin)
CB Charles Tillman (back)

2:54-Some highlights from the coordinators today, starting with Cam Cameron:

-Told Demetrius Williams “we’re gonna need you.” Thinks “he will play significantly” against Chicago Sunday.
-On WR depth with injuries to Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington: “I’m confident with the guys we’ve got.”
-On Bears defense: “We expect a great effort out of them.”
-”I think (Derrick Mason) is a great player. One of the greatest recievers I’ve been around.”
-On Ray Rice: “We just think he’s a really good football player.” He “impacts the game” beyond just his stats.
-Says connection between Rice and Joe Flacco “crucial”, “critical”, etc.

Jerry Rosburg:
-Facing Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Bears returners “as tough but different” than facing Browns KR Joshua Cribbs. “We have to be very good in our coverage.”

Greg Mattison:
-Secondary has “gotta do it again” this week after strong performance against Lions.
-”I’m always hopeful Ed Reed will play.”
-Jay Cutler is a “tremendous talent.”
-Lardarius Webb “wants to be a great player.”

2:40-Kelley Washington on the death of his former teammate Chris Henry:

-”It definitely caught everybody by surprise. He was turning things around in his life.”
-”Seemed like he was just starting his life, starting his career the way he wanted to.”
-”He was a very soft spoken guy. You didn’t even know he was in the building.”
-”Best deep ball runner in the NFL.”
-”We would always encourage him, no matter what he did. He always listened.”
-”I think a lot of people got a bad impression of him. He’s not the person everybody thinks he is.”
-Washington said he and Ravens QB Coach Hue Jackson were “very close” with Henry while they were in Cincy.

-Greg Mattison also offered thoughts on Chris Henry, saying he was a “tremendous” wide receiver. He added it was “really a sad note. Very, very sad for his family.”

2:32-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron
Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison
Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg
WR Kelley Washington (former Chris Henry teammate in Cincinnati)

Also, Sam Koch joined Drew Forrester this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570 WNST. You can hear from Sam in the Audio Vault as well. Don’t forget that for the QUICKEST updates from 1 Winning Drive, follow us on Twitter (@WNST).

12:42-Clearly the death of Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry will hang over 1 Winning Drive today. With Henry playing for an AFC North rival, the guys in this locker room had a chance to get to know him. While we are scheduled to hear from the coordinators today (Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, Jerry Rosburg), I believe we will also hear from a few players regarding their emotions towards Chris’ death.

12:32-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where I’ll start with a practice update. Matt Birk (neck), KJ Gerard (thigh), Haloti Ngata (ankle), and LJ Smith (ankle) all returned to the practice field today after missing yesterday. Mark Clayton (knee), Jared Gaither (foot), Jarret Johnson (knee/back), Brandon McKinney (back), Ed Reed (groin/foot), and Kelley Washington (ankle) were not out there again today. Terrell Suggs (knee) was present yesterday, but not out there today.

-G

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