Gaither to see specialist about foot

GM Newsome says he's not initiating trade talks

May 10, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

As the Ravens wrapped up their mandatory minicamp Sunday, team officials said they haven't initiated any trade talks involving Jared Gaither and haven't received any offer tempting enough to part with the deposed left tackle.

"Since the draft, we've had no trade offer worthy of serious consideration for any of our players," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

Gaither missed his second straight day of practice because he was receiving treatment for an injured foot.

He will get magnetic resonance imaging on his foot today and will see a specialist this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

There was speculation that Gaither didn't practice because he was upset with the Ravens moving him to right tackle on the first day of minicamp.

"He didn't tell me that he was protesting," Harbaugh said. "We had a conversation about a lot of things like we always do. The reason he didn't practice, based on what he told me, was the foot. And I think there is an issue there."

Harbaugh said Gaither didn't finish the first practice on Friday. Oniel Cousins replaced Gaither as the starting right tackle.

"I think it just got kind of worn-out and sore," Harbaugh said. "He didn't feel like he could go the rest of the time. That's what I know, and that's what he said and that's where it stands."

Ngata back by training camp

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said he will return in 11/2 to two months after injuring himself in his first Pro Bowl. The Ravens' last full-team camp is June 10.

Ngata needed surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle.

Although he didn't practice at this weekend's minicamp, he has full range of motion already and continues to work on regaining his strength.

"I was actually trying not to hurt somebody else, and I hurt myself," Ngata said.

Training camp begins at the end of July.

McGahee taking role in stride

Willis McGahee is taking a laid-back approach to his third season as a backup running back.

McGahee, 28, had been the primary ball carrier for the first four seasons of his career, gaining more than 1,100 yards rushing three times. But he was the No. 2 running back to Le'Ron McClain in 2008 and to Ray Rice in 2009.

"The situation is what it is," McGahee said Sunday. "I can't control destiny. If I play, I play. If I don't, I don't. Right now, I learned the way of life: Don't worry about it and just roll with the punches."

He said he heard rumors of the Ravens possibly trading him during the offseason.

"I wasn't going to stress about it," said McGahee, who is scheduled to make $3.5 million this season. "I'm not worried."

End zone

The Ravens were impressed with the tryout of Travis Fisher and could sign the veteran cornerback this week. "He really looked good," Harbaugh said. "He's got good feet and he's a good technician. He understands the game and picked up the defense quickly." … The final day of minicamp was an extremely blustery one. The wind was so strong that it shook the goal posts throughout practice. "We'll have to throw the ball in the wind at some point, so that helped our defense a little bit," Harbaugh said. "We have three strong-armed guys [quarterbacks Joe Flacco, Troy Smith and John Beck], and they threw pretty well in the wind." …During practice, it appeared that Flacco had beaten the defense to the edge on a scramble and raced 40 yards down the field before getting caught by safety Tom Zbikowski. Harbaugh, though, said he had ruled that Flacco had been sacked after being touched by a defensive player in the no-tackle camp. "It was a little bit of a fantasy there" for Flacco, Harbaugh said with a smile. "But he is pretty fast, actually. He's covering more ground than you think." … The players who missed the final day of the minicamp were Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps), linebacker; Mark Clayton (shoulder), wide receiver; Lamar Divens (hip), defensive tackle; Gaither (foot), offensive tackle; Kelly Gregg (shoulder), nose tackle; Ramon Harewood (knee), offensive tackle; Jarret Johnson (shoulder), linebacker; Brandon McKinney (undisclosed), nose tackle; Ngata (chest), defensive tackle; Marcus Paschal (undisclosed), defensive back; Ed Reed (hip), safety; and Marcus Smith (knee), wide receiver.

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