Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cousins carted off field

L. McClain, Gooden sit out practice

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Oniel Cousins was carted off the field this morning at McDaniel College due to headaches, according to coach John Harbaugh.

“He developed a headache, so that’s where we’re at,”Harbaugh said. “I don’t know any more than that.”

Cousins will be examined for concussion symptoms.

Cousins may have also been dealing with fatigue issues.

He has been taking the first-team work at offensive tackle with Jared Gaither sidelined with a slight back tear and back spasms.

Tony Moll, who had his own concussion earlier in camp, stepped in with the first-team offense at right tackle.

Several offensive linemen are injured, including Hale (back), center Matt Birk (neck), Stefan Rodgers (shoulder) and center-guard Daniel Sanders (shoulder).

Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain sat out of practice due to a tight back.

He said he expects to return to practice as soon as Thursday and play Saturday night against the Washington Redskins.

"It's my back," he said. "It's a little tight today. Coach told me to chill out today.

"It's just all muscle. Come back get ready for practice tomorrow and then get ready for the Redskins."

Inside linebacker Tavares Gooden was sidelined from practice Wednesday morning due to a neck injury.

Gooden got injured against the Carolina Panthers and was able to practice Tuesday with no restrictions on contact after wearing a red jersey Monday that signified he was off-limits to hitting.

Now, Gooden's not practicing at all as the Ravens are hoping that rest will cure what's ailing him.

"Tavares has got the neck thing from the game," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said . "It just keeps tightening back up on him, so we just need to sit him down and settle him down. He’s tried to go the last two days. Every time he’s tried to go, it spasms back up, so we just need to settle him down for a couple days and try to get him out there on Saturday.”

Gooden was under consideration to start Saturday night against the Washington Redskins.

So, Baltimore might go with Dannell Ellerbe or Jameel McClain, who started against Carolina.

The Ravens want to evaluate all three candidates to start opposite All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

"Yeah, that’d probably be part of it," Harbaugh said. "We also want to get Jameel some work at Sam [strongside linebacker] because he’s a multiple guy, and in order to play the position, you’ve got to get some work there. So, we’ll move those guys around for the next two weeks and we’ll know where we’re at.”

Photo by Kevin Moore

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