Zbikowski won't play against Dolphins

Safety with heel injury ruled out for Sunday's game

November 05, 2010|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens have ruled out Tom Zbikowski for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

The free safety missed all four practices this week because of a bruised right heel that forced him to sit out the team's game against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 24.

Dennis Pitta was limited for the second consecutive day after suffering a concussion Monday, but the rookie tight end was upgraded to probable after passing a post-practice test. Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, who has participated fully for the past three days after recovering from a broken bone in his left foot, is probable.

For the Dolphins, starting strong safety Yeremiah Bell (toe) was limited for the third straight day and is questionable for Sunday. Backup running back Patrick Cobbs (hamstring) did not practice for the second consecutive day, but he is also questionable. Starting inside linebacker Channing Crowder (thumb) participated fully for the third straight day and is listed as probable.

More trash talk

A day after Crowder referred to Derrick Mason as "the old guy," the Ravens wide receiver struck back. When Crowder was talking Thursday about the Ravens offense, he couldn't remember Mason's name. After a reporter told him, Crowder said, "There you go. Mason. The old guy."

Responded Mason on Friday: "In the corporate world, I probably couldn't even be somebody's CEO because I'm too young. A lot of people around this league wish, at 36, that they could play at the level that I'm playing at. There's only one other guy that's playing at this level when he's 36, and that's [ Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver] Terrell Owens.

"There's a lot of other guys wishing they could play at this level, i.e. Crowder, at the age of 36. He's what, 20-something? He was still peeing on himself when I was playing football."

Return of the back

Running back Matt Lawrence will practice for the first time Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

Lawrence has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list all season with a knee injury. When he begins practicing, the Ravens will have a 21-day window when they have to decide whether to activate him onto the 53-man roster (which would require cutting someone) or keep him on the PUP/Reserve list (which would end his season). "We'll just see how it looks," Harbaugh said.

Accounting for Marshall

Brandon Marshall has scored just once this season, but he ranks fourth in the NFL in receptions (47) and ninth in receiving yards (588). That's why the Ravens will pay special attention to Miami's 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide receiver .

But defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said the defense is wary about assigning two players to shadow him. "I don't think you have to double him because if you double him, they've got another guy by the name of [Davone] Bess who's pretty darn good," Mattison said. "I don't think you go into that ball game and say, 'We're going to double him on every play.' But I know we do have to be proactive toward their top receivers during passing situations."

Marshall caught just four passes for 24 yards in his only meeting with the Ravens, a 30-7 loss when he was a member of the Denver Broncos on Nov. 1, 2009.

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