Attention Getters

August 23, 2008|By Jamison Hensley

What to watch in the Ravens' third preseason game:

POSITION: Safety. It seems there is more uncertainty whether Ed Reed will be ready for the regular-season opener. That means the Ravens have to decide between Jim Leonhard or rookies Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura. Leonhard will make his third straight start.

VETERAN: Offensive tackle Adam Terry. Having missed most of training camp with an ankle injury, Terry is expected to play his first preseason game. The Ravens desperately need Terry to return because backup Chad Slaughter has had trouble with the pass rush off the edge.

ROOKIE: Quarterback Joe Flacco. The first-round pick is expected to take over for starter Troy Smith in the fourth quarter. He has fumbled twice and been sacked four times.

ON THE BUBBLE: Running back Cory Ross. The former undrafted rookie has had a quiet preseason, gaining 16 yards on five carries.

INJURY REPORT: Starters not expected to play are running back Willis McGahee (knee), tight end Todd Heap (calf), tackle Jared Gaither (ankle), defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (knee), cornerback Chris McAlister (knee) and safety Ed Reed (shoulder).

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