Terry, Gaither may go Sunday

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Coach optimistic on tackles

Redskins game now at night

November 25, 2008|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

The Ravens are optimistic that starting offensive tackles Adam Terry and Jared Gaither will be able to play against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday.

Terry suffered a concussion late in the first quarter of Sunday's 36-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles and did not return. Terry, who started at left tackle, was replaced by Gaither, who finished the game despite a badly injured right shoulder.

"We're not ruling them out at this stage," coach John Harbaugh said. "We think there's a good chance they'll be able to play."

Offensive tackle Willie Anderson endured a sprained left ankle and started on the right side. The other backups at offensive tackle are Chad Slaughter, who was signed to the team Wednesday, and rookie Oniel Cousins, who was deactivated Sunday.

Harbaugh said he was not worried about the state of the offensive line, which has already lost one starter in right guard Marshal Yanda (knee surgery) for the season.

"You just can't control what happens," Harbaugh said. "We can't say that we can't afford anything. Whatever happens, we've got to be able to afford, and we've got to be able to overcome it, and our guys have been able to do that. We've had a lot of injuries this year, but you don't hear our guys breathing a word of it because it's not relevant. We've got to come back with the guys we've got and play, and our guys have done a good job of it."

Harbaugh was slightly more cryptic about the availability of defensive end Trevor Pryce, who also suffered a concussion and did not return.

"I don't have enough information to say," Harbaugh said. "We'll have to see."

'Skins game in prime time

The NFL announced yesterday that the Ravens' home game against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 7 has been moved to Sunday night and will be shown nationwide on NBC.

Originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff, the Redskins at Ravens game will be played at 8:15 p.m. Replacing the New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks contest, the Redskins-Ravens matchup is the first moved via flexible scheduling and pits two teams with 7-4 records, potential playoff berths and rookie head coaches.

Playing on Sunday night on a national stage didn't matter to Harbaugh, who said: "Couldn't care less. It doesn't matter. We'll be there. We'll show up on time."

Defensive backs didn't bite

Cornerback Fabian Washington didn't go as far as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who suggested that the Eagles' offense was predictable in the 13-13 tie between those two teams Nov. 16.

But Washington said the Ravens' defensive backs recognized that the Philadelphia passing attack featured a penchant for double moves, which might have resulted in interceptions by Washington and fellow cornerback Samari Rolle.

"We watched film all week and we knew that was big in their game plan," Washington said. "They run a lot of double moves, so we weren't jumping the first routes [Sunday]. They were playing right into our hands, doing all of those double moves and stuff because with double moves, the quarterback isn't going to have that much time because we have guys coming off the edge to get him."

End zone

Harbaugh defended the play of the special-teams unit, which surrendered its second kickoff return for a touchdown this season. Pointing out Jameel McClain's blocked punt, a punt rush that produced a 15-yard tripping penalty on the Eagles and contributed to a field goal by Matt Stover in the second quarter, and punt coverage on DeSean Jackson, Harbaugh said: "I was disappointed with the special teams on the spot after the game. Going back and looking at the tape, I'm pleased with them, believe it or not, because all of the other plays were really good, solid plays." ... Free safety Ed Reed said he considered lateraling the football to rookie safety Haruki Nakamura just before crossing the goal line toward the end of his record-setting 108-yard interception return for a touchdown. "He asked for it," Reed said. "But he was telling me to watch the guys coming to my right." ... Linebacker Antwan Barnes stopped Philadelphia running back Brian Westbrook for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter by pulling on Westbrook's jock strap. Quipped Harbaugh: "I think it's a testament to the resiliency of some of the football equipment that they're putting out now." ... The 13th annual Ravens Family Food and Funds Drive collected 28,000 pounds of nonperishable food items and $17,494.83 in donations before Sunday's game.

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