Oher could see time on Flacco's blind side

Ravens might flip second-year tackle to the left

May 07, 2010|By The Baltimore Sun

There's buzz around the Ravens that Michael Oher could see time at left tackle with the first-team offense during this weekend's minicamp.

Oher started five games at left tackle last season when Jared Gaither was injured. If Oher does take snaps at left tackle, either Gaither or Oniel Cousins would play right tackle. There is a chance that the Ravens could flip Oher and Gaither back and forth throughout practice.

Moving Oher didn't seem to be in the Ravens' plans when the season ended. Asked in January about the possible switch, coach John Harbaugh said, "I think right now Jared Gaither at left and Michael Oher at right is working pretty well."

Ngata on the mend

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is expected to be among a handful of Ravens players who will be sidelined for this weekend's minicamp.

He had offseason surgery to repair a minor pectoral tear suffered during the Pro Bowl.

Others not expected to participate in minicamp are cornerbacks Fabian Washington (knee) and Lardarius Webb (knee) as well as safety Ed Reed (hip).

Cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr are projected to run with the first-team defense. Tom Zbikowski will likely fill in for Reed.

It's unknown whether nose tackle Kelly Gregg and linebacker Jarret Johnson will practice. Both had offseason shoulder surgeries.

Ismail joins broadcast team

Qadry Ismail, a former wide receiver, was named to the Ravens' broadcast team, it was announced on WBAL on Wednesday.

Ismail joins Gerry Sandusky and Stan White in the booth on game days. He replaces Rob Burnett, a former Ravens defensive end who had been on the broadcast team since 2006.

Ismail, who played for the Ravens from 1999 to 2001, has been a frequent contributor on WBAL and has served as an NFL analyst on ESPNews.

"I'm so looking forward to sitting in the booth and breaking down the game to the Ravens Nation," Ismail said on WBAL's "Sportsline with Brett Hollander." "I hope to bring my experiences on what's going through a player's mind."

Here's the pitch

Joe Flacco acknowledged that he was initially skeptical two months ago when offensive coordinator Cam Cameron suggested a cross-country trip to meet USC pitching coach Tom House.

Now, the Ravens quarterback says he will always keep in touch with House.

The training session taught Flacco how to strengthen the muscles around his shoulder.

"I just want to make sure I keep my shoulder as healthy as possible," Flacco said. "This gives me the best chance to stay healthy. This is something that I can add to my workout.

"I think it's going to keep me healthy throughout the season and hopefully my career," he said.

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McNally's grandson signs with Redskins

Former Stanford defensive back Bo McNally signed with the Washington Redskins and will participate in this weekend's three-day minicamp at Redskins Park.

McNally is the grandson of ex-Orioles pitcher Dave McNally, who died of cancer in December 2002.

The elder McNally had four straight 20-win seasons during the most successful era in Orioles history, from 1968 to 1971. During his 14-year career in the major leagues, including 13 seasons with the Orioles, the Montana native was 184-119 with a 3.24 ERA.

He is also the only pitcher to hit a grand slam in a World Series game.

In his sophomore season at Stanford in 2007, the younger McNally helped the Cardinal to upset then-No. 2 USC with a last-minute interception.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety collected 11 career interceptions and led the team in tackles for his final three years, including 114 during the 2007 season.

—Dean Jones Jr.

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