Barnes able to walk on tender ankle

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Rookie linebacker aggravates injury during practice drill

Ravens

August 16, 2007|By Edward Lee and Brandon Hopp | Edward Lee and Brandon Hopp,Sun reporters

Ravens rookie linebacker Antwan Barnes' second ankle injury in two weeks does not appear to be as serious as initially feared.

Barnes was carted off the practice field yesterday after apparently re-injuring the same right ankle that he twisted Aug. 1. But by early evening, Barnes was walking around inside the team hotel and putting weight on the ankle, which was heavily taped.

Barnes, a fourth-round pick in the April draft, went down while attempting to get past rookie offensive lineman Marshal Yanda during a pass-rushing drill on the field farthest from the grandstands at McDaniel College.

Lined up against the right side of the offensive line, Barnes burst up field with a move to the inside before trying to slip to the outside against Yanda. Barnes then fell forward and lay on the turf for several minutes while the team's medical staff rushed to treat him.

He stood up with some assistance from the trainers and clutched his right ankle while being carted off the field.

"Hopefully, it's nothing serious, and he'll be back soon," defensive coordinator Rex Ryan said.

Barnes, who recorded two tackles and a sack in the Ravens' 29-3 win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night, had been drawing rave reviews for his pass-rushing ability and played with the first-team defense on passing downs.

Starting right guard Chris Chester sat out practice with a sprained foot. Rookie Ben Grubbs played in Chester's place with the first group yesterday.

"It is the first-team defense with some All-Pros and Hall of Famers, so it does feel different," the team's first-round pick said of playing on the starting offensive line. "But what I do shouldn't be different. I just got to stay consistent and get better."

Tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained ankle) and running back P. J. Daniels (tweaked hamstring) also did not practice. Defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (thigh bruise) did not take part in team drills, but he appeared to be more active in individual drills.

Under wraps

Daniels' leg was wrapped, and he did not take part in yesterday's practice but did do some light running drills on the side. Daniels injured his right hamstring during warm-ups before Monday night's preseason opener.

He was slated to get the bulk of the carries that eventually went to Cory Ross, who played the entire second half. Daniels was ready to show the coaches what he could do on the field after not playing in a game last season.

"It was kind of frustrating sitting on the sidelines. It kind of brought back memories of last year. I don't want to be on the sideline, I want to be in the game," said Daniels, who carried a football in his hands the entire session with both arms wrapped around it tightly.

Getting the sack

While absorbing the nuances of the safety position, Ravens cornerback Ronnie Prude got another taste of something new: his first sack.

Prude registered his first sack in the NFL or in college when he took down Kelly Holcomb in the win against the Eagles.

Prude, who evaded a block by Eagles running back Ryan Moats with a feint to the outside, acknowledged that he was somewhat surprised to hear his number called for a blitz from the nickel back position.

Prude also pounced on a fumble in the third quarter on a blitz and added four tackles. "But I lit up [Monday night] when I saw the quarterback. I knew I had to make the play."

Ross on the run

With Daniels sidelined for the game, Ross - a second-year player who joined the Ravens as an undrafted rookie last season - took full advantage, leading the team with 65 rushing yards on 11 carries and catching two passes for nine yards.

"It feels good to get that vibe at running back," said Ross, who might still have to fight for a roster spot with rookie third-round pick Yamon Figurs to back up return specialist B.J. Sams. "I still want to make special teams and do my best there, but I also want to show that I can play running back, and that's what I do best."

edward.lee@baltsun.com brandon.hopp@baltsun.com

Staff writer Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

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