Rolle Could Come Off Unable-to-play List Soon

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August 06, 2009|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

With Fabian Washington and Evan Oglesby sidelined Wednesday, the Ravens were a little depleted at cornerback.

But this group is expected to get some help by the end of the week. Veteran cornerback Samari Rolle, who has been nursing a neck injury, could soon be activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Rolle likely will wear a red jersey, which means he won't take part in contact drills.

"He's really itching to get back," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We should see him out here in the next day or two."

Rolle, who has been wearing an electronic stimulator on his neck, was unavailable for comment after practice. He started 10 games last season despite neck surgery in October and an assortment of nagging injuries throughout the year.

The 12-year veteran re-signed with the Ravens on April 6, just 20 days after the team granted his request to be released. He said he felt unwanted after the Ravens signed Domonique Foxworth to a four-year, $27.2 million contract.

Rolle, 33, is expected to compete against Chris Carr for the team's nickel back job. But Harbaugh didn't rule out Rolle's battling Washington and Foxworth for a starting job.

"We put the best guys out there," Harbaugh said. "We don't care how much guys make."

Washington missed his first practice of training camp with tendinitis in his knee. Oglesby, a backup, had a concussion and was held out by trainers.

Terry on injured reserve

The Ravens officially placed backup offensive tackle Adam Terry on injured reserve, the team announced.

This move ends the season for Terry, a 2005 second-round pick, and increases the chances of rookie first-round pick Michael Oher's starting at right tackle.

Terry underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee in the offseason, but he didn't recover as expected. He has started 18 games in his four-year career and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Oniel Cousins is now the top backup at tackle.

Birk won't take break

It was a day when veterans 30 and older were excused from practice, but center Matt Birk decided to show up anyway.

Birk, 33, a free agent from the Minnesota Vikings, did all his running and lifting before practice so he could attend the morning workout. He didn't suit up, but he stood on the sideline, where he could watch the offense and talk to fellow linemen.

"I think it says that he is really trying to tie that offensive line together," Harbaugh said. "He wants them to be a unit."

Phillips off and running

After missing the entire offseason and the start of training camp with a knee injury, rookie inside linebacker Jason Phillips is looking to make a name for himself around camp.

The fifth-round pick was disappointed to be sidelined for so long, saying, "It wasn't very fun having to sit out, especially being a rookie." In fact, Phillips said he still has to figure out "how practice runs and how things work."

He'll learn from linebacker Ray Lewis, who has already had an impact on him.

"In the film room he'll coach you up a lot," Phillips said. "He'll tell you what you did wrong and what you can do better."

Preseason TV

MASN will televise three Ravens preseason games, beginning with the opener against the Washington Redskins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium.

The network will also air the Aug. 29 game at the Carolina Panthers (8 p.m.) and the Sept. 3 matchup at the Atlanta Falcons (7:30 p.m.).

Gerry Sandusky will be the play-by-play announcer, with former Baltimore Colt Stan White and former Ravens defensive end Rob Burnett serving as game analysts.

Each telecast will be preceded by a 30-minute "Ravens Kick-Off" show, which will include interviews with Harbaugh and his assistants. WBAL-TVs Pete Gilbert and former Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail will host the pre-game show.

End zone

Harbaugh will miss Friday's afternoon practice because he will attend the memorial service for Jim Johnson, the longtime defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. Special teams coach Jerry Rosburg, who is also the assistant head coach, will take Harbaugh's spot at practice. .... Pro Bowl special teams player Brendon Ayanbadejo remains sidelined with a toe injury, although he is not wearing a protective boot anymore. There is no timetable for his return. "It's real sensitive," said Ayanbadejo, who hasn't put on cleats yet. ... The Ravens signed defensive tackle Nader Abdallah (Ohio State), who was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars in June after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent.

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