Ravens notebook: Rolle about to begin practicing

Street Talk Ravens notebook: Rolle about to begin practicing

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WESTMINSTER — The medical outlook for Baltimore Ravens veteran cornerback Samari Rolle is encouraging enough that he may be activated from the physically unable to perform list within the next day or two.

Rolle has been dealing with a neck injury that has required him to have an electric device to stimulate healing attached to his neck.

"Samari is going to get back out here real soon, at least with the non-contact stuff," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "So, he’s really itching to get back and we should see him out here in the next day or two."

With Rolle not expected to take part in contact drills, he’ll be wearing a red jersey when he returns.

Earlier in training camp, Rolle said that his injuries, which included a groin injury stemming from last season, weren’t too serious.

"I’m getting there," said Rolle, who had neck surgery last season. "It’s something that you have to be patient about. I can’t wait to be back."

Rolle, who started 10 games last season, re-signed with the Ravens in April. He inked a four-year, $10 million contract nearly three weeks after being cut at his request.

A former Pro Bowl selection, Rolle, 33, is projected to square off with Chris Carr for nickel back duties.

However, Harbaugh isn’t limiting Rolle’s prospects. He wants Rolle to potentially challenge starters Fabian Washington and Domonique Foxworth, who was signed to a four-year, $27.2 million contract this offseason.

"Is he competing for a starting spot? Sure," Harbaugh said of Rolle. "Actually, absolutely. We put the best guys out there. We don’t care how much guys make.

"We put the best players out there. And who’s the best player? Whoever is playing the best. That’s how it works."

TERRY TO IR, TEAM SIGNS LINEMAN: The Ravens officially placed offensive tackle Adam Terry on injured reserve, ending his season.

Terry is scheduled to undergo microfracture surgery as soon as Tuesday, according to the team and his representatives.

Meanwhile, the Ravens signed undrafted rookie defensive lineman Nader Abdallah.

A former honorable-mention All-Big Ten Conference selection at Ohio State, the 6-foot-5, 297-pounder was previously with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Abdallah recorded 53 career tackles, two sacks and nine tackles for losses.

INJURY UPDATE: Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was true to his word. He’s already out of the protective walking boot necessitated by his strained left heel.

Washington was sidelined for the first time at camp with tendinitis and a bruise in his knee, but indicated that he could return to practice today.

Backup cornerback Evan Oglesby suffered a concussion and didn’t practice.

Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo is no longer wearing a protective boot due to a sprained toe.

"It’s real sensitive," Ayanbadejo said. "I don’t want to come back too soon. I haven’t even put cleats on and tried to run."

Also not practicing: wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring) and Biren Ealy (undisclosed), defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip flexor) and defensive end Will Johnson (hamstring).
 
Tight end Davon Drew (right ankle) returned to practice, but didn’t finish the workout.

Safety Tom Zbikowski (groin) returned to practice as well as linebacker Antwan Barnes (concussion) and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers (leg).

QUICK HITS: Harbaugh will not be present for Friday’s afternoon practice because he’ll be attending the memorial service for the late Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, his friend and mentor. Harbaugh will take a helicopter up to Philadelphia after coaching the team during the morning practice. Special-teams coordinator and assistant head coach Jerry Rosburg will take Harbaugh’s place at practice. Harbaugh will return Friday night… Harbaugh seemed a bit incredulous when he was asked if it was safe for quarterback Joe Flacco to take part in special-teams drills. Flacco didn’t engage in any contact. "There is no danger factor," Harbaugh said. "The purpose is we need another guy to run down there and give our guys a look. There’s no big message, you know?" … Rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb intercepted two John Beck passes. … Flacco hit tight end Todd Heap with a perfect spiral for a long touchdown pass. … The Ravens had a 30-and-over day off for veterans Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason, Trevor Pryce, Ed Reed, Kelly Gregg and Matt Birk. Birk attended the practice anyway. "I think it says that he is really trying to tie that offensive line together," Harbaugh said. "He wants them to be a unit." Added Birk: "I need the mental reps. I need that work. I want to pick up the offense to the point where I feel comfortable." … With Birk not practicing, right guard Chris Chester took over at center with David Hale playing right guard. … Tight end L.J. Smith dropped a routine pass all by himself.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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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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