Street Talk RAVENS NOTEBOOK: Chris Carr’s hamstring injury not considered serious

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WESTMINSTER — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris Carr was sidelined Sunday with a left hamstring injury, but it’s not regarded as a long-term problem.

Carr grabbed the back of his leg during Saturday’s practice at M&T Bank Stadium, and it was wrapped up Sunday.

However, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Carr shouldn’t be out for long.

“It looks like that, yeah,” Harbaugh said. “He was out doing some things, so he should be fine.”

The Ravens can’t afford to lose any more cornerbacks, especially not someone like Carr. He’s been running with the first-team defense since Domonique Foxworth is out for the season  with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Plus, Lardarius Webb remains on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last season.

Meanwhile, linebacker Tavares Gooden didn’t practice Sunday.

Gooden watched practice and had a towel over his head on the sidelines. He declined to specify why he was out, but Harbaugh indicated he’ll practice as soon as today.

“Precautionary,” Harbaugh said. “Just giving him a day off here.”

Gooden, whose injury history includes concussions, hip flexor and hernia issues, emphasized that whatever’s bothering him isn’t serious.

“I’m good,” he said.

Cornerback Fabian Washington (knee) returned to practice after being rested Saturday just to be careful.

The following players didn’t practice Sunday: Jared Gaither (back spasms), cornerback K.J. Gerard (hamstring), offensive tackles Tony Moll (concussion) and Stefan Rodgers (knee, ankle) and center David Hale (undisclosed).

Safety Marcus Paschal has been bothered by a strained quadriceps and is considered day-to-day.

Rookie cornerback Prince Miller wasn’t at practice, announcing the birth of a daughter on his Twitter account. Per Miller, Nyla Imani Miller was born at 7 pounds and 2 ounces.

WILLIAMS WILL BE MISSED: Cornerback Cary Williams’ upcoming two-game suspension for violating the NFL personal conduct policy will definitely affect the secondary.

A promising young defensive back with good size and ball skills, Williams delivered the biggest hit of Saturday’s practice when he pummeled rookie wide receiver David Reed.

The suspension stems from a personal family issue where Williams wasn’t arrested, according to his agent. The incident happened before the Ravens signed him last season off the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad.

“He’s got to pay a consequence for a mistake that he made, and that’s the way it is in the world,” Harbaugh said. “And he understands that. It’s going to be damaging to us and to him, but he’s got to move on from it. So, I think he’s matured quite a bit from even the time he’s been here with us. So, we’ll see how it goes.”

BLUE-COLLAR: There’s nothing Hollywood about Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Although Oher’s inspirational personal story  — growing up homeless in Memphis before being adopted by a wealthy family and emerging as a blue-chip football recruit — is extremely well-known with a best-selling book and hit movie about his life, Oher is as blue-collar as they come.

He simply goes to work every single day and outworks people. An all-rookie selection last season at right tackle, Oher is expected to play left tackle this year.

For the most part, Oher has eschewed discussing the movie or book.

“Yeah, Michael has moved on from that,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a part of who he is, and it’s so much of what’s made him what he is today for all the positive things. For Michael, it’s where he’s going. And I think that’s what he’s interested in focusing on.”

QUICK HITS: The Ravens had a fairly light practice Sunday afternoon after being given the morning off. It wasn’t as physically demanding as usual. “I don’t know if energized would be the word, it was workmanlike,” Harbaugh said. “A little sore and a little fatigued. The main thing was mental, and they did a good job with that. .. The mental part, it’s every bit as important. You can’t say it’s more important. It goes hand in hand, but you can’t play this game if you can’t think. You’ve got to be able to think quickly on your feet under pressure, and we try to train our guys to be able to do that.” … With Gaither out, Oniel Cousins took the snaps at right tackle. …  Several veterans were given the day off as 30-and-over players, including wide receiver Derrick Mason (bruised knee), middle linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk. Tight end Todd Heap opted to get some extra work. … Quarterback Joe Flacco connected on a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Flacco was intercepted by strong safety Dawan Landry. … Harbaugh said that players have not requested a day off yet, noting that they were off Saturday night and Sunday morning.


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Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson


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