Tag:Baltimore Ravens
Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:58 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 11:18 am

Domonique Foxworth tears ACL, out for year

The Ravens already thin secondary took a(nother) major hit on Friday morning, as the team learned that Domonique Foxworth will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL.

CBS Ravens' Rapid Reporter Jon Gallo noted that Foxworth was absent from practice this morning, and now Twitter is flooded with the news (initiating from Aaron Wilson of the Cook County Times ) that Foxworth will miss the year.

Wilson mentioned that he was "contemplating his medical options" after a Thursday injury the injury in non-contact drills on Wednesday generated an initial diagnosis of a torn ACL.

It's a tremendous blow for the team's biggest weakness, and it probably means that you'll see the Ravens attempt to sign a free agent for depth, make a trade, cave to Ed Reed's contract demands, or potentially install me as a starting cornerback for the season opener.

Follow CBS Sports NFL on Twitter (and stay tuned to our Baltimore Rapid Reports ) for more information on Foxworth's situation.

-- Will Brinson

Update: John Harbaugh has confirmed that Foxworth will miss the entire season and called the injury "unfortunate."

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:20 am

Does Sergio Kindle have narcolepsy?

One theory has come to light regarding the fall Ravens second-round pick Sergio Kindle took that fractured his skull last weekend: he has narcolepsy.

Kindle was at a friend’s house, when apparently, he took a wrong turn and fell down two flights of stairs. According to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com , University of Texas coach Mack Brown said it could have resulted from the condition that causes extreme daytime sleepiness.

According to the Baltimore Sun , the Ravens had a report that said Kindle is on medication for narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Writes Jamison Hensley, “After they drafted Kindle, the Ravens were asked about the report that Kindle takes medication for narcolepsy and ADD. At that point, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and director of player personnel Eric DeCosta looked at each other before laughing. "If it was a concern, we probably wouldn't have picked him," DeCosta said at the time.”

The injury is expected to keep Kindle out for all of training camp.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 7:00 pm

Terrell Suggs reports early and lighter

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has reported to training camp early and looks noticeably sleeker. The eighth-year pro had a tough season in 2009, in part due to injury and in part due to his weight creeping into the 280s. Suggs is back around his 263-pound rookie season weight.
T. Suggs
"I'm good," said Suggs. "Training camp, you always got to get your mind right for training camp. My weight is good, and I don't want to get too low. Last time I got down below 260, I was too small and got my butt kicked against their run. I'm ready to play."

The Ravens hired Suggs’s linebackers coach from Arizona State, Ted Monachino, to coach the outside linebackers in 2010. Ostensibly, Ozzie Newsome made that hire with the idea of improving Suggs’s pass-rushing prowess in mind. Suggs is explosive off the edge, but the greatest aspect of his game is playside run defense. He is as natural a block-shedder as the NFL has to offer.

--Andy Benoit

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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 27, 2010 5:57 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 5:57 pm

Mount Cody falls short in first NFL test

Terrence Cody failed his conditioning test with the Baltimore Ravens today. Though plenty of jokes have been made on Twitter – “how can anyone be surprised?” was the general consensus – it’s tough to understand how this could have happened.

How could Cody, knowing he should be in top physical condition, bomb out on his test, forcing the team to put him (along with CB Walt Harris, who also failed the test) on the Physically Unable to Perform list? I agree with the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston. This doesn’t set a good precedent.

“I find it hard to believe that a player with the opportunity of a life time, a chance to make millions of dollars, wouldn't be in top condition,” Preston writes. “The problem with Cody is that if he can't invest time to get in shape now, what will he be like four or five years down the road once he has tasted success?”

And it’s not just a lack of discipline. If you’re out of shape, you could be more susceptible to injuries. See Smith, Andre (2009) about that.

Coach John Harbaugh said this to reporters: "We expect all of our guys to be in world-class shape. So, he’ll be in world-class shape soon enough."

--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 26, 2010 4:57 pm

Sergio Kindle out 3 weeks with fractured skull

Sergio Kindle, who was in "stable" condition at a hospital Sunday after falling down two flights of stairs while in Austin, Texas over the weekend, will miss all of Ravens' training camp with a fractured skull, according to Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh at a team press conference.

The word floated out from the presser to Twitter, and multiple sources have confirmed that Kindle is not permitted to travel for up to three weeks.

Obviously this is a big setback for the Ravens and their second-round rookie. The good news is that Kindle is okay (and that the Ravens just signed Terrence Cody). The bad news is that while he could still join the team in time for the season opener, the question as to how much he can actually help quickly.

Harbaugh's statement indicated something about a "wrong turn" "in the dark" when discussing how Kindle suffered his injury.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 1:36 pm

Terrence Cody agrees to deal with Ravens

Tuesday is the Ravens' first practice for rookies, and it looks like second-rounder Terrence Cody will be present, having agreed to a four-year deal on Sunday night.

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports that the deal (valued at a max of $3.385 million) will enable the Ravens to get Cody to camp in time for the first practice.
The 6-foot-4, 350-pound defensive lineman received a 6.3 percent increase in his total guaranteed money at his slot, a figure of $1.595 million. That includes his signing bonus as well as a one-timer clause that Cody can trigger through minimum playing time requirements. Cody's contract could become particularly interesting, because he's caught heat for being a little overweight (at one point, he weighed nearly 400 pounds), but is supposedly down to almost 350 as the Ravens' camp opens.

If "Mount" Cody can keep his weight down around and/or below that mark, his stamina (ESPN's KC Joyner broke down how much he actually played and determined that Cody only played on 43.4% of Alabama's snaps last year; Insider article) should increase and make him a valuable addition in Baltimore's 3-4 defense, not to mention a steal at the 57th overall pick in last year's NFL Draft.

Oh yes, and much richer.

-- Will Brinson

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