Terry Likely Out For '09



Fifth-year Offensive Tackle Having Lingering Problems With Right Knee

August 05, 2009|By Edward Lee and Ken Murray | Edward Lee and Ken Murray,edward.lee@baltsun.com

Mark Clayton won't return to practice for a couple of weeks. The wait is much longer for Adam Terry.

Terry, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in the offseason, is experiencing lingering problems with the knee, and the club is leaning toward shelving the fifth-year offensive tackle for the entire 2009 season.

"It just looks right now that he's got some new issues with the knee from a healing perspective," coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday after the team's morning practice at McDaniel College in Westminster. "So he's going to have to undergo some more procedures to get that thing right. So it looks like he's going to be out for the year."

Harbaugh later told the team's Web site that Terry might have to undergo microfracture surgery, the same type of procedure defensive tackle Kelly Gregg had last year. Harbaugh, who speaks this morning, was not available for further comment after Tuesday's afternoon session.

Terry, a second-round selection in 2005 who made seven starts at right tackle last season, was expected to challenge first-round pick Michael Oher as the starter at that position. Instead, it looks as if Oniel Cousins, Joe Reitz and maybe even guard Marshal Yanda could compete for the starting right tackle job.

"Some of these young guys need to develop," Harbaugh said. "Oniel Cousins is a big part of that. The Marshal Yanda factor helps us a lot because he adds depth as Marshal is really coming around from a health standpoint, but we're sure going to be looking at tackles. Now we need another tackle possibly in camp at least to operate practice, but from there, we'll have to see as far as making the 53-man roster."

Meanwhile, Clayton, who has not practiced since tweaking his left hamstring during a Sunday morning session, said he might be out for a couple of weeks.

"I'd like to be back [today]," the wide receiver said after missing his third consecutive practice. "Realistically, I don't know. A couple weeks, I don't know. As it goes."

Clayton, who caught 41 passes for 695 yards and three touchdowns last season, injured the same hamstring three times in the first 16 months of his NFL career. But he emphasized that the hamstring is not torn.

"It's sensitive," he said. "I'm taking it day by day."

In other injury news, tight end L.J. Smith (hamstring) and wide receiver Yamon Figurs (foot) returned to practice.

Figurs, who underwent surgery on a broken right foot during the offseason, was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list and took part in individual and passing drills.

"It feels pretty good," Figurs said. "They worked me a little bit today, and they're going to ease me on in there. ... I'm really playing catch-up right now. Got a new offense and everything, so I'm ready to go."

Like Figurs, Smith was held out of contact drills and limited to individual exercises. Still, it was a positive first step for Smith, who hadn't practiced since July 28.

"I didn't do everything, but it feels good to put the pads on," he said. "I'm coming along. Every day, I'm going to improve and I'm going to do more. By the end of the week, hopefully I should be doing everything."

In addition to Clayton and Terry, linebackers Terrell Suggs (strained left heel) and Brendon Ayanbadejo (sprained toe) and defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip) were absent.

Dancing machine

For the second consecutive day, Kelley Washington provided one of the more entertaining scenes of training camp when he performed his take on Ray Lewis' pre-game dance.

After Washington caught a 20-yard pass from quarterback Troy Smith over cornerback Domonique Foxworth during a live red-zone drill, the seventh-year wide receiver danced like Lewis as his offensive teammates mobbed him in the back left corner of the end zone.

Washington then ran to Lewis and tapped him on the helmet, getting a similar gesture from the 10-time Pro Bowl linebacker in return.

"I do a similar type of dance. It's called 'The Squirrel,' " said Washington, who engaged cornerback Frank Walker in a brief verbal exchange Monday. "But I do that just to get guys laughing and smiling. It's not showing any type of arrogance or anything like that. Days like these, you need something to put a smile on your face."

Tackling his old job

With Oher in the gymnasium at McDaniel College for a brief time, Yanda returned to right tackle for the first time since 2007, his rookie season.

Yanda, who made five starts at right guard before tearing the anterior cruciate, medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, is attempting to regain his status as a starter at that position, but he also understands that he is playing behind Chris Chester.

"Chris is there playing. He played, what, 12 starts last year [actually, 11 regular-season and three postseason starts] after I got hurt, and he's definitely going to be the guy," Yanda said. "They can't count on me right now because I'm still trying to make my way back. When that time comes when I can be competitive, then we'll compete, and that's just the way it goes in football. Whoever is the better player will play."

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