Gaither misses practice with unspecified injury

One day after moving to right side of line, OT spends Saturday in training room

May 09, 2010|By Jamison Hensley and Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun

One day after being moved from left tackle, Jared Gaither was the only offensive player missing from Ravens practice. He spent the second day of the minicamp in the training room with an unspecified injury.

Gaither, who never spoke about an injury after practice Friday, wasn't available for comment because he never appeared during the hourlong media portion of open locker room.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron couldn't say how Gaither was injured or whether the lineman will practice today, the final day of the mandatory minicamp.

"I don't know if it's any one thing," Cameron said when asked how Gaither got hurt. "It's just a series of things. I don't know if it's any one specific play."

Then, without being asked about Oniel Cousins, Cameron praised the backup offensive tackle who replaced Gaither with the first team Saturday. If the Ravens trade Gaither (there has been speculation about sending him to the Buffalo Bills), it would create an opportunity for Cousins, who started three games last season.

"I prepare myself as if I'm a starter," said Cousins, a third-round pick in 2008. "I love Gaither and I love Mike [Oher], and all three of us work to get better. Whatever happens, happens."

Harewood is first injured Raven

Rookie offensive tackle Ramon Harewood, the first NFL player from Barbados, is sidelined for three to four weeks after being carted off the field Saturday with a knee injury. The sixth-round draft pick said there was no ligament damage to his right knee, only soft-tissue damage that will force him to miss at least the next two passing camps.

"It could've been a lot worse," said Harewood, who had his right leg wrapped.

Although he wasn't certain how it happened, Harewood believes he was accidentally tripped from behind and then went down with a defensive player with whom he was engaged. His right knee twisted inward, and he was down on the field for an extended time before going off on the cart.

Harewood was replaced by Stefan Rodgers as the right tackle on the second team.

Johnson will use summer to get stronger

Linebacker Jarret Johnson, who played most of the 2009 season with a torn right labrum, is on schedule with his recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Johnson is attending this weekend's minicamp but isn't cleared to participate. He is noticeably thinner — down to 246 pounds from last year's playing weight of 262. In addition to gaining the weight back, he needs to regain his strength.

"I'll use the summer to get stronger," he said.

Saturday morning, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison pointed out that Johnson has been helping rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle through the early steps of his pro career. Kindle will line up behind Johnson, but the plan is for Johnson to move inside in some situations and have both players on the field at the same time.

Katula says he's healthy

Ravens long snapper Matt Katula, who struggled last season with tendinitis in his right elbow, said Saturday that he's 100 percent healthy.

"The elbow feels very good," he said. "It was kind of what we thought. Rest is what it needed, and it kind of went away."

Katula's inconsistent snaps led to some missed field goals last season, including two in the regular-season finale at Oakland.

"It was a struggle last year, it really was," Katula said. "I'm just excited to get out and clean the slate."

End zone

Al Burrows and Luke Atkinson, who played Negro leagues baseball in the 1950s and 1960s, spoke to the Ravens after practice. … Another rookie trying out for the Ravens is Tay Bowser, a defensive back from Mississippi State. … The Ravens broke out several trick plays, including one in which quarterback Joe Flacco was split out wide and running back Willis McGahee took a direct snap.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

ken.murray@baltsun.com

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