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Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 4:27 pm
 

Another blow to the Ravens D

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The injury-depleted Ravens defense just got a little more depleted.

Second-round pick NT Terrence Cody had surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee and will be out two weeks, coach John  Harbaugh told reporters, including Rapid Reporter Jon Gallo . Cody will be considered questionable to return in time for the season opener.

And while it seems unlikely Ed Reed (offseason hip surgery) could play this early in the season, the team will sit down with the perennial Pro Bowl safety to see if Baltimore should start him on the Physically Unable to Play list.
 
From t he Baltimore Sun:

Reed, who had offseason hip surgery, would miss the first six weeks of the regular season if he is put on the Reserve PUP list. It seem s like Reed is pushing to return soon after speaking with Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome, defensive coor dinator Greg Mattison and secondary coach Chuck Pagano on Monday.

"He wants to come back, but he understands the situation, too," Harbaugh said. "There’s a lot more that goes into it. We have until Saturday to make a decision and I’m sure we’ll take until Saturday to figure that out."

Harbaugh, though, didn't rule out the scenario of Reed playing in the Sept. 13 opener at the New York Jets after sitting out the entire preseason.


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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 10:46 am
 

Hot Routes 8.24.10: Get out of the press box!

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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-A Giants press box attendant asked Steelers icon Dan Rooney to leave because Rooney’s pass was only valid for the owner’s box . The press box attendant apparently didn’t know it was Dan Rooney. (No excuse, though: any half-witted attendant should know that whoever is important enough to get an owner’s box pass is more than important enough to be in the press box.) Rooney graciously left.

-Of the Jets’ “Big Four” – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and David Harris – it looks like Harris will be the odd man out for a new contract this season. The uncapped year’s 30 percent rule appears to be part of the problem. Harris will make less than $1 million this season.

-According to the Boston Herald , OG Logan Mankins doesn’t spend money. Which means he doesn’t have to worry about lost wages if he doesn’t play this year for the Patriots. Which is looking like a real possibility.

-Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is averaging more than twice as many more yards per carry this preseason than new acquisition Thomas Jones (7 yards to 3.1), but Charles isn’t worried about the stats at this point in the preseason.

-All offseason we’ve been writing about how the Bears don’t have enough quality pass-blockers to execute Mike Martz’s system . It’s only the preseason, but because this proves our point, we’ll remind everyone that Jay Cutler was sacked five times against the Raiders Saturday night.

-Brian Urlacher has a calf injury, but it doesn’t appear to be at all serious .

-The Ravens are upbeat about how Ed Reed’s rehab from hip surgery is going . Some somewhat good news on Sergio Kindle – Baltimore expects him in town by the end of the week .

 -Dallas rookie WR Dez Bryant isn’t scheduled to return in the preseason, but he’s still on track to start the season opener Sept. 12. After suffering a high ankle sprain, he’s lost about 10 pounds.

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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 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: 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 23, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Weird happenings in Baltimore

E. Reed has had an interesting past few weeks (Getty). The Baltimore Ravens have had a strange week. Let’s review:

-QB Joe Flacco seemed lukewarm to the idea of the Ravens signing Marc Bulger as a backup. Said Flacco to the Baltimore Sun: “Hopefully, we just all get along well. When you have a little bit of tension in the room, it doesn’t lend to playing well. Yeah, he might bring a thing here or there that helps me out. We’ll see. It’s all about going out there, preparing during the week and having a good time doing that. Hopefully, we can do that.”

-S Ed Reed – who has been outspoken about wanting a new contract though he’s almost 32 and coming off major hip surgery – said he might start the season on the physically unable to perform list. Then, he said he didn’t really say that. Then, he said, the Ravens are refusing to send him game film.

-CB Cary Williams was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

So, what in the hell is going on in Baltimore?

With Flacco, it seems pretty clear that he likes backups Troy Smith and John Beck and doesn’t want to see one of them get cut because of Bulger. Of course, I sort of suspect – and I’ve talked to other people who suspect this as well – that Flacco doesn’t want the competition. It’s not like Smith or Beck would unseat him as the starter. A two-time Pro Bowler like Bulger could. That might play a role.

With Reed, it’s hard to say. He’s been one of the best safeties in the NFL for many years, and perhaps he senses his domination is nearing an end. Talking about the game film snafu, Reed told radio station WBAL, via the Carroll County Times : “Don't treat me like that after I gave my blood, sweat and tears for this guy, for this organization. I train my tail off. I'm putting my life on line. But I have to give you an excuse to study tape? When I do give you an excuse, and my excuse is I'm studying tape, that's not a good enough excuse. But Ed is wrong for asking for a new contract.”

The Ravens responded by telling the Baltimore Sun that it all must be a misunderstanding.

Maybe the entire last week in Baltimore has been one misunderstanding. Maybe that’s the real explanation.

--Josh Katzowitz

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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: July 21, 2010 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 4:06 pm
 

Ed Reed rants on Ravens, could miss entire season

Ed Reed expected to start the season on the PUP list , missing the Baltimore's first six games of the season. 

He confirmed that news to a group of reporters at his football camp in Maryland, and also added some pretty harsh words regarding his relationship with the Ravens, via Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post .

"I haven't had the support from the other side as you think has been there," Reed said. "If I don't say it now, it won't ever get said. It's like a marriage. There are going to be disagreements.

"You got to work with that person. When it starts to get too much, you got to pull back: 'Is it worth it? or should I take a pay cut and be on another team?"

Reed was referring specifically to his request last year for a new contract (he currently has three years remaining with base salaries between $6 and $7.2 million for each of those years), a request he claims has not been renewed this year. (Although a recent radio appearance -- in which Reed said "it needs to be taken care of" -- certainly seems to refute that.)

"The word I got was, 'We're comfortable with where we're at,'" Reed said. "Yes, you would be comfortable with the plays that I'm making on the field and paying me what you're paying me. ... There are six, seven players in front of me at my position [in terms of money] that I honestly wouldn't let hold my jock, and I don't even wear one.'"

Reed's semi-rant continued with him lobbing out the possibility that he might not return for the entire season before answering his own hypothetical question about wanting to retire in Baltimore: "Does it always happen? No."

The former Defensive Player of the Year's words, coupled with the little brewhaha boiling between Marc Bulger , Joe Flacco and Troy Smith suddenly paints a portrait of an organization that, while a strong candidate to make a Super Bowl run, that might be in a bit of disarray.

Then again, considering Reed is almost 32 and these quotes are amidst a discussion of retirement, maybe Baltimore knows exactly what they're doing.

-- Will Brinson

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