Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

PUP List could be crowded to kick off training camp

WESTMINSTER - The Baltimore Ravens' physically unable to perform list is getting a bit crowded with injured players as the team kicks off training camp today at McDaniel College.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated that cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington, who are recovering from torn anterior cruciate ligaments, as well as free safety Ed Reed, who underwent offseason hip surgery, will begin camp on the list.

The active designation means they'll be unable to practice initially, but can be activated from that list anytime during camp.

"I expect there to be a few guys that we'll be cautious with," Harbaugh said. "We'll just keep them on PUP until they're ready to practice in such a way that they can protect themselves and compete and be ready to go."

Meanwhile, former Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo is also expected to begin camp on the list. He spent the majority of last season on injured reserve with a torn quadriceps tendon.

Sidelined during minicamps after offseason shoulder surgeries, nose guard Kelly Gregg and linebacker Jarret Johnson said they'll practice with no restrictions today.

Webb has made a lot of progress since hurting his knee last season against the Chicago Bears.

Still, it hasn't been very long since he suffered the injury.

"My hope is to do as much as I possibly can and work back as fast as possible, but patiently," Webb said. "So, I'm just waiting to see."

Webb is holding out hope that he'll be activated by the start of the regular season. Otherwise, he'll miss at least the first six games of the regular season.

"We're going to see how everything happens," Webb said. "We've got a whole month ahead of us, and I guess ya'll can see how everything goes."

Washington declared that his knee is ready for action.

"I feel like it's ready to play," Washington said. "I plan on being full-go, but of course we'll let the doctors and John Harbaugh make the final decision. I hope to be running around with the guys from Day 1."

Washington said he has been training at IMG in his hometown of Bradenton, Fla., with Mike Jenkins, Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie and Dexter McCluster.

"Dexter McCluster is a really shifty guy," he said. "I got some good work in."
The Ravens signed Walt Harris and Travis Fisher this offseason to add depth to the cornerback position due to the injury situation.

"We're probably bringing more corners into this camp than we have any camp since we've been here because of that," Harbaugh said. "All indications are positive, but until you get them out there practicing, changing directions, competing, you're not really going to know for sure. That's why we've signed some extra corners."

CODY SIGNS: Rookie second-round draft pick Terrence "Mount" Cody reported to camp and signed his $3.385 million maximum value contract, which includes a $1.12 million signing bonus. He received $1.595 million in total guaranteed money, including his one-timer clause.

The 6-foot-4, 350-pound defensive lineman received a 6.3 percent increase in his total guaranteed money at his slot.

"Very excited about Terrence Cody," Harbaugh said. "That means really all of our guys that can practice are signed."

RAVENS STILL HIGH ON WILLIAMS: Despite being disciplined by the NFL with a two-game suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, reserve cornerback Cary Williams' stock still remains high with team officials.

Williams was suspended for a personal family issue where he was not arrested.
"I haven't spoken with Cary since he left," Harbaugh said. "He knew this was going on. We weren't sure how the appeal was going to go. Obviously, all this stuff happened in Tennessee.

"Cary's still got to make our team and still has to prove that he can be a guy who can play corner in his league, but we have high hopes for Cary. We think he's very talented. He's come a long way since what happened in Tennessee happened. He's got to put that behind him now."

Williams said he's upbeat about his prospects and is looking forward to putting the incident behind him.

"The NFL has rules set in place, and it's our job as players to follow the rules," Williams said. "Unfortunately, I didn't do that. Now, I have to pay the consequences."

QUICK HITS: Offensive tackle Jared Gaither was moved to the right side this offseason, replaced by Michael Oher at left tackle. He was also sidelined for virtually the entire offseason with a bruised foot. Gaither was also linked to several trade rumors. "I have not had the chance to talk to Jared," Harbaugh said. "Looking forward to seeing him. I know he's done some things with his orthotics, and he's been rehabbing on his own. So, we'll see how he feels." ... Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who underwent surgery to repair a pectoral muscle torn during the Pro Bowl, is here early for camp. Ngata has said he expects to participate fully in drills. ... The Ravens are expected to contend for a Super Bowl berth, but Harbaugh couldn't hide his enthusiasm about the first practice of camp. "My expectations are really, really high for [today's] practice," Harbaugh said. "We expect it to be the best practice in the NFL. That's how you go about taking care of business. That's how you get yourself in position to talk about playing in the Super Bowl. We have a lot of work to do between now and then."

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