When at least 20 Ravens players take the field at Towson University next week for informal workouts organized by wide receiver Derrick Mason, the Ravens will join the growing list of teams whose players decided to practice on their own during the NFL lockout. These workouts have become a hot topic.
There is concern among some teams and some players about the injury risk involved when players are taking part in football drills away from team supervision. If a player suffers a serious injury now, it would be considered a “non-football injury,” which means it puts his contract in jeopardy after the lockout. And if a potential free agent gets hurt, it will obviously limit his earning potential whenever free agency finally begins.
In a conversation with Jerry Coleman of “Sports with Coleman” on FOX 1370-AM on Tuesday, Mason said that the workouts he has organized, which take place May 24-26, will mostly be conditioning work.
“This is not going to be a contact thing. This is going to be a lot of conditioning,” Mason told Coleman. “It’ll get guys an opportunity to get some really good work in with one another. We’ll do some throwing with the offense and then the defense will work on whatever they need to work on. But this is not one of those things where we’re going to get together and run a seven-on-seven or anything. No. Because the last thing I want to do is put a guy in a position where he’s vulnerable, meaning he can get hurt.”
Mason said holding workouts in May was “perfect” because this is when the Ravens usually conduct an organized team activity. Plus, Mason said he was starting to miss his teammates’ ugly mugs.
“I need a time where I don’t see those ugly faces for about a couple of months,” Mason said. “But when it comes down to it, man, you like being around your guys. And that was one main purpose, was to get the guys together so we can be around each other, have fun, laugh and get some good work in.”