Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mason has surgery

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason had surgery to repair his broken right pinkie finger, a procedure that should allow him to return in time for a Nov. 7 game against the Miami Dolphins following a bye.

"I had surgery on it Monday," Mason told FOX Sports 1370 radio. "Put a pin in it, so it's good for me that we've got a week off, almost two weeks, so it allows my hand to heal and I'll be out there ready to play when we play Miami."

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Mason hasn't missed a game in eight years.

He has been dealing with the injury for the past two weeks after initially breaking it against the New England Patriots.

Mason ranks second on the team with 26 receptions for 357 yards.

"If the bye week hadn't come this week I would have just waited until the bye week to get it done," Mason said. "I played with it in the New England game and I played with it last week.

"Eventually I was going to have it done, so why not have it during the bye week? That gives me two weeks to heal and then be ready to play."

Saturday, October 9, 2010

We got the Housh but he's not happy

Veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught the game-winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, hauling in an 18-yard strike.

However, he's not satisfied with his complementary role behind starting wide receivers. Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason and tight end Todd Heap.

The former Pro Bowl selection ranks sixth on the team with five receptions for 80 yards with one touchdown.

Houshmandzadeh said the Ravens assured him he would catch 50 to 60 passes prior to signing a one-year deal after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks.

"For me, I knew coming in what I was getting myself into," Houshmandzadeh said. "But I believe in myself. So the belief in myself said once they see me, things will change. We'll see if that holds to be true."

He has seen limited action in the past few games after struggling against the Cincinnati Bengals, his old team, when he failed to come down with big catches with two drops.

"I was shocked that I played as much as I did in the first and second game," Houshmandzadeh said. "I wouldn't say that got me greedy, but then I expected it, so to speak. But then I didn't play much against Cleveland."

Houshmandzadeh said he hasn't complained to quarterback Joe Flacco and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron about not being more heavily involved.

He knows that people are probably aware of how he feels about not being utilized more.

"The bad part of my personality is I tend to not to say it but my body language says that," Houshmandzadeh said. "That's bad but that's who I am. Q [Boldin] is going to be happy. That's just the reality of it.

"Q and Heap, they're going to get their balls. They brought Q in, they gave up draft picks and gave him a nice contract. They're going to find ways to get him the ball. I can appreciate that. I wish it was me, but it's not."

Harbaugh is quacking up!

John Harbaugh said he still plans to honor his lost bet to rookie tight end Ed Dickson on the Stanford-Oregon game by wearing some Ducks gear. Harbaugh's brother, Jim Harbaugh, coaches Stanford. And Dickson is a former Oregon standout. "He says it's on order," Harbaugh said. "I can't imagine what this jersey's going to look like." Dickson said he's providing Harbaugh a special T-shirt that should arrive today. "It's a shirt that says 'I Love My Ducks' on the front," Dickson said. "That's actually a theme that's been running through Eugene, Oregon since last year, since the Rose Bowl time. I'll make sure he has it on Wednesday and you guys will be ready for it. He's a man of his word, and he's going to wear the shirt." Added Harbaugh: "I'm not wearing it during the game, I don't think." Harbaugh paid his cash bet to defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, another Oregon alum.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Harbaugh sings praises for Webb, Ngata

John Harbaugh was complimentary of cornerback Lardarius Webb for how he contained swift Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Webb broke up a pass intended in the end zone for Wallace, who caught two passes for 24 yards.

Webb tore his anterior cruciate ligament last December against the Chicago Bears, ending last season on injured reserve.

He displayed good recovery speed to catch up with Wallace.

"That's probably the first time you got a chance to see him in a one-on-one situation going up to make a play," Harbaugh said. "Since he didn't go through training camp, this time of year you don't get too many of those kind of battles in practice. Just playing the ball is something he does extremely well, and that showed up in those two plays.

"Mike Wallace can run, he can go up and get a ball, and Lardarius made up a little ground on him and then timed it perfectly and got the ball out twice. Those were huge plays in the game."

NGATA DOMINATES: Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata thoroughly trounced the Steelers' offensive line, recording a career-high 11 tackles with one sack.
Ngata lined up at defensive end for the majority of the game and was practically unblockable.

"Haloti Ngata, first of all, is playing as well as any defensive player in the league right now," Harbaugh said. "There's no denying it. I'm proud of him. He's a great guy. Nobody works harder, he's a good family man.

"He's just the kind of guy you root for, and he's dominant. We played him at defensive end most of the game, you know, out there over Flozell [Adams] and Max Starks, and he just held up really well against some of their inside and outside zone schemes.

IR a possibility for Gaither

OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither hasn't been medically cleared to resume playing football by California back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

Although Gaither's back injury is improving, he's still not considered ready to play.

His status is regarded as week to week.

Gaither flew to California Monday for another medical opinion from Watkins to examine a thoracic disc injury suffered during the first week of training camp.

Gaither was carted off the field Aug. 5 with an upper back injury that triggered back spasms.

Gaither returned to practice last Wednesday on a limited basis, but was unable to practice after saying his lower back was bothering him.

"We just don't know. That's a mystery right now," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week. "Jared is as frustrated as anybody. We'll know more on Monday when he gets a re-evaluation. We'll see how that goes."

Gaither was initially feeling better, but had trouble making it through a light practice.

"He said he was feeling better and he'd be able to go next week, he thought, so he went out there and went through a very light practice," Harbaugh said. "The next day, came in and his back was sore. So, we're sending him for a re-evaluation.

"Our doctors have looked at it, and they don't see it in there right now. So, we've got to find out from the best experts what exactly is causing that problem."

Harbaugh said that injured reserve is a possibility.

"Obviously, the clock is ticking on something like that," Harbaugh said.

Scott Kooistra was added to the roster after trying out Tuesday along with offensive linemen Jake Grove, Brett Romberg, Nick Leckey, Kynan Forney and Kirk Chambers.

The Ravens tried out offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Quinn Ojinnaka on Monday.
Kooistra is a 6-foot-6, 335-pound former Cincinnati Bengals seventh-round draft pick from North Carolina State.

Kooistra, 29, has played in 84 career NFL games with one start.