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Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:20 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2010 12:57 pm
 

Ravens' Webb activated off PUP

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Ravens got some good news today for a secondary corps in desperate need of some help.

CB Lardarius Webb, eight months after tearing the ACL in his right knee, passed his conditioning test this morning and the Ravens activated him off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

According to the Baltimore Sun , Webb made significant progress during the last week, when the Ravens increased his workouts to twice a day and “looked strong and fast while cutting, leaping and sprinting.”

He’ll join Fabian Washington, also coming off a season-ending injury, in the secondary. Since Baltimore is without Domonique Foxworth, who tore his ACL last month, Chris Carr also will get significant playing time while Webb is eased back into the lineup.

Still, the secondary won’t truly recover unless FS Ed Reed can return from his hip injury. Without him, the secondary most likely will continue to struggle unless the Ravens can somehow find another standout playmaker.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:10 am
 

Hot Routes 8.19.10: No Favre news here

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill met with GM A.J. Smith Wednesday. McNeill requested the meeting, but according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, little progress was made.

Wide receive Brandon Jones signed a five-year, $16.5 million contract with the 49ers last offseason but was released Wednesday. Jones hurt his shoulder in ’09 and fell to the bottom of the depth chart. Speculation is the current coaching staff was never taken with Jones.


Cowboys left guard Kyle Kosier sprained his knee Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Journeyman Montrae Holland will fill in. Kosier is Dallas’s prime source of mobility inside.

Chargers rookie nose tackle Cam Thomas is impressing some people early on. He seems to have good perspective, too.

The Jets are trying to trade third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Finally! Some good news for the Ravens and their cornerback situation. Fabian Washington, back from last year’s ACL injury, will play against the Redskins Saturday.

With Brent Grimes having a groin injury, the Falcons cornerback competition could be opening up.

Redskins rookie left tackle and No. 4 overall pick, Trent Williams, faces a reckless driving charge from an incident in June.


In either a marketing ploy or a sadly confused effort to beat the summer heat, the Arizona Cardinals will wear black jerseys in their next preseason home game (vs. Redskins). (Perhaps with Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals are already mourning their 2010 season.)

We knew the Browns were extremely high on strong, athletic outside linebacker Marcus Benard, but is the 2009 undrafted free agent really in line for a starting job?

Maybe the NFL is right when it says fans can’t stand preseason games. Looks like a game featuring two marquee teams, the Chargers and Cowboys, could be blacked out.

Because it’s late in training camp for most teams, there’s probably four or five worthless stories out there about coaches cancelling practice and sending their players to the movies instead. To save you from the temptation of wasting two minutes of your life reading one of these stories, we won’t even provide a link.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Another Ravens DB bites the dust

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

How much further will injuries deplete the Ravens defense? How much longer until they can’t field 11 players on the field?

We kid, of course, but for the Baltimore defense – particularly its secondary – it’s no laughing matter. The Ravens simply continue to lose players to injury.

According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post , DB Chris Carr injured his hamstring at today’s practice and left the field with a trainer, becoming yet another Baltimore player to seek medical treatment.

That left Cary Williams – who’s suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy – and Travis Fisher, who’s playing for his fourth team in the past five seasons, as the first team corners.

So far, Baltimore’s defense is missing FS Ed Reed (coming off hip surgery), CB Domonique Foxworth (out for the year with a torn ACL), and LB Sergio Kindle (fractured skull). Remember also that CBs Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are coming off season-ending knee injuries from last year.

In the past week, the Ravens signed CB Chris Hawkins and traded QB John Beck for CD Doug Dutch. Those CBs left on the free agent market include former Raven Frank Walker and Fred Smoot.

The severity of Carr’s injury is not yet known.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:42 pm
 

A whole mess of Ravens news

After missing the first two days of Baltimore’s training camp, TE Todd Heap returned to the practice field today, passed his conditioning test and caught a couple TD passes. He’d been on the non-football illness list with a tonsil virus, but he came back today and performed well.

“I’m not 100 percent. I’m still fighting through it,” Heap said in quotes captured by the Baltimore Sun . “I felt good enough where I (could) go for it this morning. … It knocked me out. There were three or four nights where I couldn’t sleep. It was a battle.”

-After losing Domonique Foxworth to a torn ACL Thursday, drastically impacting the team’s already-thin CB corps, the Sun is reporting the team is having “dialogue” with free agent Frank Walker.

Considering Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington are coming off injuries from last year, Baltimore needs to do something about its secondary. Chris Carr has worked with the first team lately in practice, but there’s a reason he’s much better known as a returner on special teams.

“Sure, Frank would have a shot,” Harbaugh told the paper. “Frank knows our scheme. He’s got some options, some teams he’s talking to right now. But he’s one guy of a lot of guys we’re looking at.

Walker played for Baltimore the previous two seasons, starting six of 29 games and recording two total interceptions.

-OT Jared Gaither hasn’t practice since Friday morning, and nobody seems to know why. Initially, Baltimore said he was suffering from cramps, but today Harbaugh said, “I’d like to be able to tell you what it is. I don’t know. He’s getting bloodwork, and they say they’re going to do some tests on him on Monday, and they’ll tell us what it is. That’s all they’ve told me.”

Gaither, it should be noted, reported at 311 pounds, almost 30 pounds less than where he played last season. Harbaugh said he wasn’t sure why.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:39 am
 

Cody gets it right the second time

A day after flunking his conditioning test and sitting out the first day of Ravens practice, Baltimore rookie DT Terrence Cody passed the exam this morning, according to CB Fabian Washington’s Twitter account .

According to the National Football Post , the team’s conditioning test consists of a player running 25-yard sprints back and forth a total of three times (or 150 yards). The player then has a 70-second period of rest. This happens a total of six times, and Cody’s time requirement is apparently 35 seconds.

According to reports out of Baltimore this morning, Cody is participating in practice drills.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 7:59 pm
 

Important updates on health of Ravens corners

Two of Baltimore’s top three cornerbacks – Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb – are coming off ACL injuries. Washington is very optimistic about his health, saying his knee “is ready to play”. The sixth-year pro says he worked out at full speed over the summer with fellow corners Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Mike Jenkins. "Man, I plan on being full go," Washington chimed, according to the Baltimore Sun. "But of course, we're going to let the docs, [trainer] Bill T [Bill Tessendorf] and Coach Harbs [John Harbaugh] make the final decision."L. Webb (US Presswire)

Webb, a very intriguing third-round pick a year ago, is hopeful but less certain about his status. “I don’t know if I’m going to be on PUP or not. Hopefully, I’ll be playing. So I guess we’ll see tomorrow,” he said. He offered few details.

It stands to reason that Washington would be ahead of Webb in recovery. Washington tore his ACL in October; Webb tore his in December. Both players’ greatest asset is quickness, so there is no guarantee that they’ll be as effective in 2010 as they were in 2009.

The Ravens have always been a little less dependent on having stellar cornerback play than most defenses, though that could be the Ed Reed factor. Reed, however, is expected to miss the first six weeks of the season recovering from hip surgery. With Ken Hamlin filling in at centerfield, quarterbacks should be less reluctant to attack this defense deep. The Ravens signed veterans Walt Harris and Travis Fisher as insurance at cornerback, though if Washington and/or Webb is unavailable, coaches would likely turn to incumbent dime back Chris Carr first.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Cary Williams suspended by NFL for 2 games

More fantastic news out of Baltimore: Cary Williams, a Ravens cornerback, has been suspended for the first two games of the season without pay after violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Williams' violation occurred while he was with the Tennessee Titans, and Ravens' GM Ozzie Newsome acknowledged that, 'We’ve been aware of this since before we signed Cary.'

His agent, Marc Lillibridge told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that Williams went through the full appeals process and that, "Although we’re disappointed we did not win the appeal, we respect the league office’s decision. Cary just wants to focus on the training camp with the Ravens and the remaining games in the regular season."

Wililams isn't considered a star in the secondary by any means, although Wilson does point out he's "drawn praise from the coaching staff during offseason minicamps."

The bigger issue is that the Ravens' secondary -- a primary concern heading into training camp , particularly with the health of Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb being a big issue -- is suddenly even weaker, especially with Ed Reed's situation not appearing to near any sort of resolution soon .

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 10:29 am
Edited on: June 17, 2010 2:58 pm
 

More on Ravens Cornerback Situation

Yesterday we wrote that the Ravens were likely to sign Walt Harris, Ken Lucas or Ken Hamlin. Hamlin is the best of the three, but Harris and Lucas are cornerbacks, which is a greater area of need in Baltimore.

To take the story a step further, John Harbaugh spoke about the health of starting corner Fabian Washington and shimmering young nickelback Lardarius Webb, two players coming off late-season ACL injuries. Both have claimed all offseason to be on track to start opening day, but every player rehabbing a major injury claims to be “on track” (or “ahead of schedule”).

Here’s what Harbaugh had to say on WBAL’s Sportsline with Brett Hollander:

“You never know about those ACLs. Even when (Washington and Webb) come back to play, if they play earlier in the year, they’re probably not going to be fully back with their strength. We have to factor that in. As the season goes along, you’ll probably see them get better and better.”

Baltimore’s other starting corner is Domonique Foxworth. Chris Carr, a return man and finesse dime back, is also no the roster, as is journeyman Travis Fisher. If Harris or Lucas sign, they’ll likely have a key role in September.

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Ravens have signed Ken Hamlin to a one-year contract.

--Andy Benoit

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