Ravens Notebook: Gooden sidelined with “fatigue”

Street Talk Ravens Notebook: Gooden sidelined with “fatigue”

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WESTMINSTER — Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Tavares Gooden didn’t practice due to problems stemming from his sports hernia surgery that he underwent last year.

Although Gooden emphasized that there’s no reason to be concerned after missing the past three practices, it’s unclear when he might return. 

Gooden indicated that there’s no tear and no reason why he would need to have another surgical procedure after undergoing hip flexor and sports hernia surgeries as a rookie last year.

"It’s nothing serious," said Gooden, the projected replacement for Bart Scott at the linebacker spot next to All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis. "I had minor pain involving my surgery, and I’ve got to have a certain time to be out. I’m strengthening it right now. I got a little fatigued. We’re working on it right now.

"The rest will help it out. I haven’t done anything since last year and after running around for 10 days in a row, my body needs a rest. Nothing’s torn. I’m good."

Meanwhile, offensive tackle Jared Gaither remained sidelined with a left trapezius muscle injury.

"I just want it to settle down," Gaither said. "It’s nothing serious. Hopefully, I’ll be back in a day."

At first, offensive tackle Oniel Cousins seemed to incur a major left knee injury. After being down on the ground in obvious pain for a while, though, he got up and walked off the field.

Later on, Cousins was walking around with no trace of a limp. And he didn’t have any tape or a brace on his knee.

Running back Willis McGahee had an ice pack applied to his left knee after banging it into a couple of linemen during a running drill. It’s the same knee he had surgically repaired with an arthroscopic procedure this offseason, but the injury isn’t believed to serious.

"There’s nothing wrong with Willis’ knee right now," Montgomery said. "He just got fell on. Willis has been doing good, no problems with the knee. We need to see what the repercussions are of him running into those linemen, but he said it felt good."

McGahee, who has had a strong training camp, was able to walk without a limp.

Tight end Edgar Jones’ left thigh was heavily wrapped toward the end of practice.

Not practicing: linebacker Terrell Suggs (strained left heel), wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring), Thomas White (hamstring) and Biren Ealy (groin), offensive guard Ben Grubbs (ankle), cornerback Samari Rolle (neck and groin) and defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip flexor).

Tight end L.J. Smith, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, said that he’s back to about 75 percent.

"It’s coming around," he said. "I ran a couple more routes this time. We’re just trying to be smart. We’re not playing yet. We haven’t even played in a preseason game yet. If I feel any pain, I’ll back off."

When asked if he’ll be able to play in next week’s preseason opener against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium, Smith replied: "Honestly, I don’t know."

REMEMBERING JIM JOHNSON: The Philadelphia Eagles’ late, legendary defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was honored in a memorial service Friday in Philadelphia that Ravens coach John Harbaugh attended.

For Smith, it’s a sad time.

"Jim lost his battle and it’s very tough," Smith said. "I’m sure his family is grieving right now. As a coach, Jim didn’t have many words. He just had a presence. You knew what he was about. It’s a big loss to the game. He was a very good guy."

QUICK HITS: Wide receiver Justin Harper continues to command attention, catching a 70-yard touchdown pass from Troy Smith behind cornerback Frank Walker. … The Ravens’ first-string offensive line looked like this: Michael Oher at left tackle, David Hale at left guard, Matt Birk at center, Chris Chester at right guard and Marshal Yanda at right tackle. "I haven’t played it since my rookie year, but we needed somebody," Yanda said. "So, you just go in there and play. It’s like riding a bike." … The offensive line struggled to protect the quarterback with Dawan Landry, Haloti Ngata and Willie Vandesteeg sacking quarterback Joe Flacco with Landry recording a safety. … Free safety Ed Reed intercepted a pass that skipped off the hands of tight end Todd Heap and returned it for a touchdown. … Graham Gano converted 5 of 6 field goals and Steve Hauschka hit 3 of 4. … Antwan Barnes, who also recovered a Demetrius Williams fumble, delivered a big hit on Ray Rice. … Impressive undrafted rookie linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has seen action with the first-team defense. … Former Ravens fourth-round running back P.J. Daniels, who wasn’t retained as a restricted free agent after last season, visited practice. Daniels said that he tried out for the Buffalo Bills, but wasn’t signed. He still hopes to play this season. … Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich and his family attended practice. … The Ravens practice twice today, once at 8:45 a.m. and once at 2:45 p.m. Quarterbacks, wide receivers and cornerbacks are lifting after practice and will be unavailable for autographs. … Oher hasn’t watched the trailer to the upcoming movie that depicts his life. "I’m curious about it, but I don’t know anything about it," Oher said. "It’s cool, but I’m concentrating on football." … Wide receiver Derrick Mason got into a heated exchange with Walker on the sidelines after telling the feisty cornerback that he’s holding the receivers and would be flagged during a real game.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
Photo by Kevin Moore.

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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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