Mason's status up in the air

November 11, 2008|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

Derrick Mason's streak of 99 straight games played could be in jeopardy.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said yesterday that "it's too early to say" whether the Ravens' leading receiver will play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Mason dislocated his left shoulder in the first quarter but returned in the second half to make three catches for 41 yards.

"I'm hopeful," Harbaugh said. "I would say we expect him to play, but we can't say for sure."

Mason, 34, hasn't missed a game since October 2002. He has missed only three games because of injury in his 12-year career.

Leaving the locker room Sunday, Mason had his arm in a sling. He attended meetings yesterday and then received treatment for the shoulder.

"He's sore, but he's OK," Harbaugh said.

Mason leaped for a pass that sailed over his head and landed on his elbow, which led to the dislocation. He had the shoulder popped back into the socket and sat out the remainder of the first half.

"As soon as I went up, I knew if I came down wrong, there was a possibility that I was going to hurt myself," Mason said after the game. "I'm just glad it's not broken. There's a lot of people that play with [a dislocation]. But my situation is a little bit different because I'm a receiver.

"So, we'll see how it feels the rest of the week, and we'll determine the rest from there."

Mason leads the Ravens with 46 catches for 598 yards and two touchdowns. No other Raven has caught more than 20 passes this season.

If Mason misses his first game as a Raven, the team would start Yamon Figurs along with Mark Clayton at wide receiver.

Figurs, a 2007 third-round pick, has primarily been the Ravens' return specialist. He has two career catches, including a 43-yard touchdown Sunday.

"Yamon brings a lot of speed," Harbaugh said. "He's a threat to take the top off the coverage every time. He can run by a safety or a corner in a heartbeat.

"Some people said coming out [of college] he was raw as a receiver. I don't know if that's true. He's making great strides in terms of running around catching the ball."

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