Coach hopeful on Terry

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Harbaugh less optimistic about Gaither's chances of returning after Sunday's shoulder injury

November 18, 2008|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

Ravens coach John Harbaugh sounded more optimistic about offensive tackle Adam Terry's availability for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles than fellow lineman Jared Gaither's.

Speaking yesterday at the training facility in Owings Mills after Sunday's 30-10 loss to the New York Giants, Harbaugh said he was awaiting results of a magnetic resonance imaging exam on Gaither's right shoulder, which he injured in the fourth quarter.

"No result on that yet, but we're hopeful," Harbaugh said of Gaither, who did not return to the game Sunday. "He basically was going one arm there for a while. He was pass-protecting with one arm. Talk about concentrating on your footwork and working on technique that way. He did really well. ... I think he's going to be touch and go."

The prognosis is not as bleak regarding Terry, who returned from a five-game absence after spraining his right knee only to injure his right ankle in the fourth quarter and briefly leave before returning.

"Adam will be OK," Harbaugh said. "He's fighting through all of the little different things he's got, but he'll be fine. He's a tough guy."

Terry's status - as well as the possible return of offensive tackle Willie Anderson, who did not play Sunday because of a sprained left ankle - could be pivotal against an Eagles defense tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first in the NFL with 36 sacks.

The backups at the tackle positions are rookies Oniel Cousins, a third-round draft pick, and David Hale, a fourth-round choice. Harbaugh acknowledged that the offense was altered Sunday by the presence of Cousins and Hale, who played in the fourth quarter.

"With those two young guys in there, it was a little bit different," Harbaugh said. "Our backs chipped their way out a little more, but we couldn't change. We had to throw, and they did OK."

Running back Willis McGahee's right ankle injury does not appear to be serious.

Difference of opinion

Harbaugh agreed to disagree with his players' perspective on Sunday's outcome.

Cornerback Samari Rolle said the Ravens were "outphysicaled," and defensive end Trevor Pryce called it a "thumping." But Harbaugh did not stray from his original view that the Giants did not push the Ravens around.

"I don't think we were knocked off the ball," Harbaugh said. "That's my definition of being 'outphysicaled,' when you're knocked off the ball. There were three running plays in there that were poorly defended. It might have been tackling, it might have been getting off blocks. I think also give credit where credit is due. That's a good football team."

No challenge

There has been speculation that the Ravens should have challenged a noncall that a punt by Sam Koch might have been touched by a Giants player before Brendon Ayanbadejo recovered the ball at New York's 21 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

But Harbaugh pointed out that CBS and the operators at Giants Stadium did not show a replay of the punt and the players on the field said the ball did not touch a Giants player.

"Now if any of our players had thought it hit the guy, I would have thrown the flag because it would have been a shot to get it back," Harbaugh said. "But then we went back and saw it this morning, and you couldn't tell. So we obviously wouldn't have gotten the ball."

End zone

Harbaugh declined to place sole responsibility of a 32-yard blocked field-goal attempt on kicker Matt Stover. "It's always the field-goal unit when you get one blocked," Harbaugh said. "There was a little bit of a push inside, and that's unacceptable. We try to stonewall them up in there. But a lot of times, you get push and you kick it right over that. Sometimes you kick it low and there's no push and the ball gets through. And sometimes you get a push and you kick it high and it doesn't matter. This time, they got a little push and the ball was kicked low and they got it." ... Harbaugh agreed with the officials' ruling to reverse Rolle's apparent interception in the third quarter. "The way the rule reads - and they called it right - is you have to finish the catch," Harbaugh said. "So when you hit the ground, you've got to basically finish the catch on the ground. He was down by contact with the ball, but when he rolled over, the ball kind of popped out and you could all see it. They ruled it correctly." ... The Ravens' 10 penalties were one shy of the season high set in a 13-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 5. "Penalties are always a concern," Harbaugh said. "... I don't think it really was the difference in the game, but it was a factor. ... The pre-snap penalties - whether it was jumping offsides on defense, whether it's moving on offense - those are the things we can control and we need to eliminate."

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