Ravens Notebook: Harbaugh weighs in again on McAlister

Street Talk Ravens Notebook: Harbaugh weighs in again on McAlister

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal on whether cornerback Chris McAlister would regain his starting job after being benched against the Miami Dolphins for unspecified reasons, but he chided the three-time Pro Bowl selection for violating the team dress code for road trips.

McAlister was wearing a T-shirt and shorts in the lobby of the team hotel prior to kickoff Sunday morning while his teammates were dressed in suits. During Harbaugh’s weekly radio program, a fan called it embarrassing and referenced McAlister’s past violations of team rules, including breaking curfew and skipping a team meeting prior to a 2003 road game against the San Diego Chargers.

"As far as the dress for the bus, it was wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday night. "It was a mistake. It’s been addressed and we’re moving forward. We’ve got a discipline policy in place. We don’t talk about things in the past.

"Everything is addressed, whether it’s late for a meeting, late for a practice. We’ve got a number of players with issues. Sometimes, they oversleep. Sometimes, things happen and there’s a fine system." 

McAlister only appeared in a handful of snaps against the Dolphins as Frank Walker started ahead of him.

Harbaugh also addressed how McAlister was accompanied by three young women in the lobby of the hotel Sunday morning.

"As far as the girls in the lobby, I never saw them, but we set our travel up very tight," Harbaugh said. "We’ve got a tight curfew. By 11 o’clock, they’re in their rooms and they aren’t coming out of their rooms. When we check into the hotel, those floors are locked down.

"We’ve got police officers at every elevator and exit. We want our guys to be secure, safe and focused. From what I understand, the friends of his came over, picked up three tickets and went to the football game. They met in the lobby."

Harbaugh declined to elaborate on whether McAlister would line up with the NFL’s second-ranked defense Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

"He was playing last week," Harbaugh said. "The term, ‘benching,’ I’m not sure what that means. He was in our packages last week. To me, it’s very obvious and clear-cut.

"You put the best 11 players out there for the package. We put the players out there we think are going to play best in the coverages we’re going to play."

INJURY REPORT: Offensive tackle Adam Terry underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a slightly torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He’s expected to be out two to three weeks.

"They cleaned it up a little bit," Harbaugh said.

Meanwhile, strong safety Dawan Landry (spinal cord concussion) is unlikely to play this week, but could return next week.

"When you’re dealing with a neck, you want to make sure it’s 100 percent," Harbaugh said.

Cornerback Samari Rolle (neck surgery) has a better chance of playing this week than Landry, according to Harbaugh.

"We’re hopeful, but we don’t want them out there unless they’re totally safe," Harbaugh said.

SUGGS HONORED: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown and recording nine tackles and a sack against the Dolphins.

Suggs’ touchdown is the first of his NFL career. He leads the team with four sacks and ranks second in tackles to middle linebacker Ray Lewis with 46 tackles.

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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.  More from Aaron Wilson


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