Being Cautious With Mcgahee

Ravens Notebook

July 29, 2009|By Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee | Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

Ravens running back Willis McGahee was among the surprises on the team's physically-unable-to-perform list.

But McGahee is expected to come off the list no later than Thursday, coach John Harbaugh said. McGahee had arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason.

"We want to make sure Willis' knee doesn't swell up," Harbaugh said. "We want to make sure he can take the pounding of a workout and see how he responds."

McGahee said he had no pain or swelling after workouts this offseason. In fact, he showed up about 20 minutes before the start of practice.

Last year, the one-time Pro Bowl running back arrived as soon as practice started. Then, after a few practices, McGahee needed knee surgery during camp.

"I'm looking forward to this season," said McGahee, who gained a career-low 671 rushing yards. "It's going to be a good season. I can feel it in my bones."

McGahee's conditioning has been a hot topic since he was traded to the Ravens in 2007. Last year, he reported to camp out of shape.

But Harbaugh said McGahee "looked very good" on the conditioning test and had good muscle mass in his legs.

"It looks like he's done a good job," Harbaugh said.

The others on the PUP list are: guards Ben Grubbs (ankle) and Marshal Yanda (knee); cornerback Samari Rolle (groin and shoulder); wide receiver Yamon Figurs (foot); offensive tackles Adam Terry (knee) and Joe Reitz; defensive tackle Lamar Divens; linebacker Jason Phillips (knee); and tight end Davon Drew.

The Ravens can take a player off the PUP list throughout the preseason. If a player is on the PUP list at the start of the regular season, he must miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

"Most of it is temporary," Harbaugh said. "We want to make sure that guys can practice. That's the bottom line."

Vick at wide receiver?

Harbaugh was vague when asked about the team's interest in Michael Vick, who was granted a conditional reinstatement by the NFL.

"We've had long discussions about Michael Vick and we have a feeling about how he would impact our team and not impact our team," Harbaugh said. "We have a course of action that you can ask Ozzie [Newsome, general manager] about."

Newsome told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, "We have three quarterbacks that we like."

Would the Ravens perhaps look at Vick if he switched from quarterback to receiver?

Flacco: On target?

Joe Flacco turned heads in a recent Reebok commercial, where he hits two clay pigeons with footballs at a shooting range. The Ravens quarterback nailed the targets from a considerable distance away.

Asked whether there were any special effects involved, Flacco said, "You be the judge - do you think I need special effects?"

All Flacco acknowledged was that the commercial took an hour to film. While cracking a smile, Flacco said he has been throwing footballs at shooting ranges "for a while."

Road trip

Rookie running back Cedric Peerman was the first player to report to training camp Monday, checking in at about 11:30 a.m. and just beating out linebacker Antwan Barnes.

"I came all the way from Virginia Beach, and I thought I was going to be last," said Peerman, the team's sixth-round selection, adding that it took him about five hours to drive to Westminster. "I just figured I'd get out early. You never know how traffic is going to be on [Interstate] 95."

End zone

Offensive tackle Michael Oher, the team's first-round pick, missed his first practice because he remains unsigned. "The sooner Michael gets in, the better he's going to be," Harbaugh said. "I know Michael Oher wants to be here." ... Several players took a shot at holding the football for rookie kicker Graham Gano during a field-goal drill. The field goals went off without a hitch with quarterbacks Troy Smith and John Beck and return specialist Chris Carr as holders, and Flacco and wide receiver Mark Clayton bobbled the ball slightly before getting it down to the turf. Linebackers coach Vic Fangio had the most difficulty as the football squirted between his outstretched hands and bounced past Gano, drawing groans from players and coaches watching from the sidelines. ... The Ravens have signed 5-foot-7 journeyman wide receiver Jayson Foster, who is on his fourth team (the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers were the others) in two seasons. He has not made a catch in the NFL. The team also waived undrafted free-agent wide receiver Isaiah Williams (Maryland). ... Offensive tackle Lou Saucedo (Montana State) reached an injury settlement and was waived.

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