Ravens Notebook: Yanda placed on IR

Street Talk Ravens Notebook: Yanda placed on IR

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OWINGS MILLS —  The Baltimore Ravens placed starting right offensive guard Marshal Yanda on injured reserve Tuesday with three torn ligaments in his right knee, officially ending his season.


Yanda tore his anterior cruciate, medial collateral and lateral collateral ligaments during the final two minutes of the Ravens’ 31-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The former third-round draft pick from

will have surgery to repair the extensive damage, but is expected to return next season.


Right offensive tackle Adam Terry, center-guard-blocking tight end Chris Chester and rookie third-round pick Oniel Cousins are among the candidates to replace Yanda in the starting lineup.


"That was one of those jaw-droppers," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday night during his weekly radio program. "He was shocked by what happened. We’re going to have to find a way to replace him and it’s not going to be easy. To replace Marshal Yanda the way he had been playing is not going to be an easy task."

Meanwhile, the Ravens also placed rookie linebacker Tavares Gooden, a third-round pick from the

University of
, on injured reserve. He has been dealing with a hip injury since training camp and also has a sports hernia.

"Tavares has been struggling with a hip all year," Harbaugh said. "There’s something he’s had his whole life that has to be corrected that has been flaring up for the past 12 months.

"We were hoping to get him through the season. The pain is excruciating and he’s fought through it and couldn’t really do it any longer."

The Ravens promoted tight end Edgar Jones and wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright from the practice squad to fill Yanda and Gooden’s roster spots.


Wheelwright’s promotion may signal bad news about injured wide receiver Demetrius Williams, who underwent an MRI on Monday for a lower leg injury.

Defensive back Derrick Roberson (
Rutgers) and offensive guard Brian Johnson (LSU) were signed to the Ravens’ practice squad.


TO ENTER RING: Retired All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden will be inducted into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony at an Oct. 26 game against the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium.

The inaugural draft pick in franchise history,

retired in June after being selected to 11 consecutive Pro Bowls. That ties him for the fourth-most in NFL history. Just three offensive linemen — Bruce Matthews, Randall McDaniel and Will Shields — have been selected to more Pro Bowls than


Drafted fourth overall out of UCLA in 1996 after the organization opted against selecting troubled
Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips,

became a fixture at left tackle after playing left guard as a rookie.


is the fifth Raven to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor, which is located on the façade at the front of M&T Bank Stadium’s upper deck. The other Ravens in the Ring are running back Earnest Byner (2001), former majority owner Art Modell (2003), defensive end Michael McCrary (2004) and linebacker Peter Boulware (2006).

QUICK HITS: The Washington Redskins contacted Ravens practice squad running back Marcus Mason’s agent Tuesday and discussed adding him to their active roster prior to signing veteran runner Shaun Alexander. A few weeks ago, Mason was nearly signed by the New York Jets. … Former Ravens and Minnesota Vikings special-teams coach Gary Zauner weighed in on the death of former Ravens fullback Chuck Evans. Evans died Sunday morning in

of heart failure. "It was just tragic to hear the news,” Zauner said. "Chuck was a guy that was always smiling. He wasn’t the biggest fullback, but he was a guy that pound for pound was one of the toughest guys that you’d want to meet as far as a fullback. He helped me out on special teams and he was always there, doing anything that you wanted him to do.”


Aaron Wilson covers the
Baltimore Ravens for the
County Times and the


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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 Ravens24x7.com. 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. 

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