Wide-out Mason Hurts Finger

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Harbaugh On Injury: 'We Don't Anticipate Any Problems'

August 12, 2009|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com

The Ravens' receiving corps took another hit Tuesday when veteran Derrick Mason dislocated the middle finger on his right hand trying to scoop up a low throw from quarterback Joe Flacco.

Mason suffered the injury during the team's morning practice, went to the locker room for treatment and returned later in street clothes with a wrap on the finger.

Coach John Harbaugh said Mason jammed the finger but that "we don't anticipate any problems."

Whether Mason, 35 and in his 13th season, will play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins is uncertain, but the shortage of wide-outs could be problematic.

No. 2 receiver Mark Clayton will miss the game with a torn hamstring. No. 3 Demetrius Williams has been hampered with a tight hamstring the past few days but said he expects to play.

That would leave the bulk of the receiving snaps to Kelley Washington, Justin Harper, Marcus Smith, Ernie Wheelwright and others.

Vick update

The Michael Vick watch is on again. After Vick's agent, Joel Segal, told reporters that the 2001 No. 1 overall pick will sign shortly with an NFL team, ESPN's Chris Mortensen speculated the Ravens might be very interested in him.

General manager Ozzie Newsome appeared to squash the idea when he said, through a team spokesman, "We have three quarterbacks that we like a lot."

Vick was conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback completed a 23-month prison sentence for running a dogfighting ring.

What a catch

On a day when the Ravens' offense did not distinguish itself, converted linebacker Edgar Jones came up with the catch of his brief career at tight end. Falling backward in the end zone, Jones made a one-handed tap catch of a pass from Troy Smith.

Jones joined the Ravens as a linebacker out of Southeast Missouri in 2007, the only undrafted rookie to make the team. He was converted to tight end in 2008 but continues to play linebacker on occasion.

"The physical part about it is there because I've played defense," said Jones, the No. 3 tight end on the depth chart. "But the one thing that guys coming from defense want to prove is that they can catch the ball."

J.O. sighting

Jonathan Ogden still peppers his comments about the Ravens with "we" and "us," but the former offensive tackle and all-but-certain Hall of Famer made it clear he does not miss training camp.

"I miss the team atmosphere, but that's about it," Ogden, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, said after Tuesday morning's practice. "I don't miss being at practice. I don't even miss playing in games. I've played in 170-some games. I did that, but I do miss being around the guys, just the camaraderie and being part of a group."

End zone

Through 24 practices open to the public, the Ravens have drawn an estimated 71,038 to Westminster this summer. ... Wide receiver Yamon Figurs made a nifty fingertip catch on a deep throw from Smith later in the practice. ... Safety Ed Reed exchanged the red jersey that signifies he must not be hit for the standard white defensive jersey Tuesday. Harbaugh, however, declined to say whether that meant he would play against the Redskins.

Baltimore Sun reporters Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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