OWINGS MILLS — The irony of his arrival at the Baltimore Ravens’ training complex quickly struck former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson.
After years of competing against a familiar AFC North rival, the four-time Pro Bowl right tackle began practicing with the Ravens on Friday after signing a three-year, $11 million contract that includes a $1.67 million signing bonus.
“It was one of the teams that in
“The respect between us and the rest of the guys is mutual because we battled so much. I’m still just trying to fit in and not come in with any ego. I’m an old-time guy. I found that a lot of these guys are young guys up here, so my thing is do what I can to make this team better.”
Unaware if he’ll play against his former teammates Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium,
He did reference some unspecific issues with the Bengals, though, an organization that has been ridiculed around the league in the past for owner Mike Brown’s flintiness, for several troubled players’ legal issues and for having substandard facilities.
“They didn’t cut me because I couldn’t play, they cut me because I said I didn’t want to play there anymore,”
The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was limited to a career-low seven games and five starts last season due to injuries, but has started 173 of 181 career games. Nine times, he has started every game.
“I feel like any 13-year lineman feels,”
“I would be crazy to sit here and think that I’m more prepared than those guys right now,"
Terry is scheduled to remain in the starting lineup Sunday, and didn’t sound concerned about his job security.
As a natural left tackle, Terry could always shift over and compete with Jared Gaither if he’s supplanted by
“You never know,” Terry said. “It’s a situation where I have to do the best I can going into this game. There’s a myriad of variables that could happen. As far as I know, I haven’t heard anything.
“He adds veteran leadership to a young offensive line. He’s been around the block. It’s not his first rodeo.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined to offer any insight into when
”We’re not giving out any information,” Harbaugh said. “We have no expectations for it. We’ll see how it plays out as we go.”
He was due $3.1 million from the Bengals prior to being released, a move that saddened his former teammates.
“Guys are stunned and shocked right now, I told them just get over it and move on,”
“When J.O. had his success early on, I always envied that,”
KATULA SIGNED: Long snapper Matt Katula signed a five-year contract that runs through the 2012 season and makes him one of the highest-paid players at his position in the NFL, according to his agent.
“I’m just happy the Ravens made a commitment to me because I want to be a Raven for a long time,” Katula said.
Signed as an undrafted free agent rookie out of
“Matt has earned every bit of this new contract, and I’m extremely happy for him and his family,” said Scott Smith, Katula’s agent.
INJURY REPORT: The Ravens are unlikely to have nose guard Kelly Gregg available this week as he was listed as doubtful on the injury report.
Gregg was limited in practice after missing practice the previous two days with a left knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery last month.
“It’s a game-time decision, I guess,” said Gregg, who mentioned possibly wearing a brace. “I feel like I can do it.”
If Gregg is out, the Ravens’ options include shifting Haloti Ngata to nose guard and having Justin Bannan or Marques Douglas start at defensive tackle.
Free safety Ed Reed (nerve impingement of his neck and left shoulder) is questionable and was limited in practice.
Four players are listed as probable: tight end Todd Heap (knee), running back Willis McGahee (knee, limited), offensive tackle Oniel Cousins (back) and guard Marshal Yanda (thumb).
“Willis looked good in practice,” Harbaugh said. “If he can dress, he’ll go.”
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