OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) held their final open practice of the week Friday at 1 Winning Drive, making final preparations for Sunday’s showdown with the Miami Dolphins (4-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.
WR Donte’ Stallworth missed the first seven games of the season after breaking his foot in the team’s third preseason game-a win over the New York Giants in Charm City. With a full week of practice, Stallworth is expected to make his Ravens debut Sunday, marking his first NFL game since December 28, 2008. Stallworth missed all of the 2009 season after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter.
Stallworth said Friday he’s not sure what his emotions will be like in his NFL return.
“I can’t say” said the 13th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. “When we had our first practice (at M&T Bank Stadium) during Training Camp, I had no idea I was going to feel the way I did. We had 18-19,000 fans out there. The rush felt like a gameday. It will be interesting to see how it goes. It will be a good feeling.”
Despite having to serve jail time and his football future being very cloudy in Spring 2009, Stallworth said he always believed he’d be back in the NFL level.
“I always kept the faith that I would be back. Regardless of whether it was with the Browns at the time or another team, I always had confidence in myself and confidence in my abilities that someone would take a chance on me.”
Stallworth said he isn’t certain of how much he’ll be used Sunday, but hopes to go “as much as (the team) needs me to go.”
LAWRENCE TO RETURN TO PRACTICE: Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that at the end of the 21 day window to make a decision, the Ravens will have RB Matt Lawrence return to practice Monday. Lawrence has missed the first seven games of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after suffering a season ending knee injury in November 2009.
The Ravens will have 21 days to make a decision as to whether to activate Lawrence or leave him on the Reserve/PUP list for the rest of the season.
Lawrence was unavailable for comment Friday.
PRACTICE REPORT: S Tom Zbikowski (foot) was not on the practice field again Friday, he has not practiced since suffering a bruised heel in the team’s Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. He was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the AFC East opponent.
All other Ravens were on the practice field Friday, but TE Dennis Pitta (head) was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Stallworth (foot) is probable to make his Ravens debut, LB Tavares Gooden is expected to play for the first time since injuring his shoulder in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
For the Dolphins, S Yeremiah Bell (toe) and RB Patrick Cobbs (hamstring) have been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, LB Channing Crowder (thumb) was listed as probable.
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Stallworth and WR Derrick Mason NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Dolphins LB Channing Crowder described Mason as “the old guy” earlier this week, to which Mason responded Friday “He was still peeing himself when I was playing football”……CB Cary Williams joined Drew Forrester Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, you can hear in the Audio Vault as well……According to Weather.com/The Weather Channel, it is expected to be 53 degrees and sunny Sunday when the Ravens face the Fins……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday at 1 Winning Drive, the walkthrough is closed to the media