Ravens Notebook: Terry, Figurs sidelined

Street Talk Ravens Notebook: Terry, Figurs sidelined

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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens officially ruled out right offensive tackle Adam Terry and return specialist Yamon Figurs for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins as coach John Harbaugh expressed optimism that safety Ed Reed and cornerback Fabian Washington will be available.

With Terry sidelined with a sprained right knee and lateral meniscus issue and right offensive guard Marshal Yanda out for the season with three torn ligaments, former second-round draft pick Chris Chester will start at right guard. Four-time Pro Bowl lineman Willie Anderson will start his second consecutive game at right tackle.

A converted tight end,

will start his eighth career game.

"Getting the reps all week helps a lot,"

said. "It makes it a little bit easier than coming off the bench, but we’ve got to do our job regardless of the circumstances."

It’s unclear if Terry will be available next week against the Oakland Raiders.

"Adam is still in a rehab phase right now," Harbaugh said.

Figurs has a knee contusion. Candidates to fill his spot include safeties Jim Leonhard and Reed, wide receiver Mark Clayton and running back Ray Rice

Although Reed is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, Harbaugh expressed optimism that he would play. Reed returned to practice Friday after sitting out the previous day.

"He tweaked his hamstring a little bit," Harbaugh said. "It’s been a real minor deal all week, so he’s going to be ready to go."


 is expected to play after sitting out last week’s 31-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He is listed as probable, but was upgraded to full participation in practice.

has been out since dislocating his right shoulder two weeks ago in a loss to the Tennessee Titans. Saying he has regained nearly full range of motion with the shoulder. he expects to play.

"I’m going to go out Sunday, go through pre-game, and if I feel great, of course I’m playing,"

said. "If it doesn’t feel like it’s worth the reward, I’m not going to play. But I had a great week of practice this week, and I think the shoulder is definitely improved from two weeks ago.

"I’m going to play. It’s frustrating that I haven’t been able to do what I want to do this year because of injuries. I’m going to try to contribute Sunday."

Harbaugh echoed that sentiment after watching

be upgraded to full participation in practice Friday.

"I’ll be surprised if Fabian doesn’t go," Harbaugh said. "He looks strong."

said the shoulder has come a long way over the past two weeks through rehabilitation exercises. He may eventually require surgery to repair the damage.

"It was terrible, it was painful, it was very stiff and I couldn’t move it at certain angles, but now it feels good," he said. "There’s slight pain, but you’re always going to have pain. Until I can get it fixed, it’s going to be a concern from here to the end of the year. You can’t stop playing football because there’s a chance you’re going to get hurt.

Wide receiver Demetrius Williams (ankle) is questionable, but predicted he will play after receiving favorable results on his magnetic resonance imaging exam.

"I’ll be able to go out there and play, it feels better," he said.

Offensive tackle Jared Gaither (neck stinger), safety Tom Zbikowski (shoulder) and defensive tackle Lamar Divens (illness) are probable.

CLEARING THE AIR: In the aftermath of a controversy spawned by Harbaugh’s supportive comment about offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s 1-15 stint as the Dolphins’ head coach, the coach clarified what he meant Friday.

On Wednesday, Harbaugh said in a reference to Cameron: "Even though the results weren’t what people were hoping for, he did a great job there with what he had to work with."

That set off the Dolphins’ locker room, but Harbaugh didn’t seem worried about any controversy.

"I haven’t studied their reaction or anything like that to anything we’ve said," he said. "I think our message all week from our players, from me, from all of our people has been very clear. We’ve got great respect for their football team. It’s a very talented football team, and we really are impressed with the direction of their program.

"It’s obvious to see from a leadership standpoint where they’re going as a football program. It’s very clear-cut and we’ve got a lot of respect for it, and we’re looking forward to playing them on Sunday. I just know what we said and what we meant to say, and it was pretty clear-cut."

RAVENS-REDSKINS TV CONFLICT: If the Ravens’ game is competitive and runs long, it could interfere with Washington Redskins fans’ ability to watch the beginning of their team’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Because of NFL rules, the Washington CBS affiliate has to televise the Ravens’ game in its entirety if the score is close. The Redskins’ kickoff is at 4:15 p.m. following the Ravens-Dolphins’ 1 p.m. kickoff, and both games are televised on CBS.

League officials said that because

is the Ravens’ secondary market that affiliates are obligated to show the game, adding that it would be unfair to Ravens fans to cut away from the game.

The NFL declined a request to switch the Ravens game to a secondary digital channel. Generally, NFL games last about three hours and change.

TURNING THE PAGE: Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter has long been an enemy of the Ravens, cementing that status with a loud argument with middle linebacker Ray Lewis outside the Ravens’ team bus after a 2003 game at Heinz Field.

Then, he shoved tight end Todd Heap down to the ground after Heap sprained his ankle on the previous snap in a 2004 game in


Porter declined to reignite those conflagrations during a conference call with


"I saw them last year, it was a football game," Porter said. "I don’t know what you all are looking for, for what kind of story you’re looking for, but I thought you were going to call me and ask me what type of game plan or something like, something on that page. But it doesn’t sound like that’s what you all are trying to talk about."

Heap had a sarcastic response when asked about Porter.

"Oh, he’s my favorite guy now," Heap said. "You know what? I’ve gone against Joey a lot, so we know each other. I know his game, he knows mine, and it’s always a battle."

QUICK HITS: The Ravens have lost seven consecutive road games with their last win coming in a 9-7 decision over the

San Francisco
49ers on Oct. 7, 2007. "You’ve got to obviously deal with the fact that you’re in a hostile environment," Harbaugh said. "You deal with the momentum part of it. It’s easy for it to get away from you. But some of those same problems come into play when you’re at home, because if things don’t go well for you early at home, your own crowd gets on you." … Rookie wide receivers Marcus Smith and Ernie Wheelwright may see their first extended playing time Sunday. "Both of those guys are getting reps with the first team," Cameron said. … The Ravens have been eager to play another game after being defeated by the Colts for their third consecutive loss. "You almost want to play on Wednesday when you come off a tough game like we had last week," Harbaugh said. "You can’t wait to come back and have a chance to play again and kind of show what you’re made of." … The Ravens have stressed drinking a lot of fluids to prepare for the hot
South Florida climate and have practiced outdoors all week in fairly hot conditions. "That’s just how we planned it," Harbaugh said. "Our guys have done a great job of hydrating, and I think the key is hydration." … The Ravens will be wearing their purple jerseys. "We’ll be wearing purple with pride," Harbaugh said. … The Dolphins ruled out fullback Casey Cramer (ankle).

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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