RAVENS NOTEBOOK: Mason, Carr injuries not considered serious

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BALTIMORE – Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason bruised his left knee and cornerback Chris Carr limped off with an apparent hamstring injury, but neither injury is regarded as serious.
Mason said he could have continued if it had been an actual game.
“I bruised my knee,” said Mason, who fell on his knee. “It wasn’t critical that I come back in. So, I just iced it down and that was about it. I’ll be fine. Ain’t no swelling in it, just hit it flat on the turf and came out. If it was a game, I’m pretty sure I could’ve went back in there.”
Mason predicted that he’ll return to practice as soon as today.
Carr grabbed his hamstring and went to the locker room and didn’t return.
His leg wasn’t wrapped up afterward. He’s not expected to be out for long.
Carr declined to discuss his injury, saying it’s up to coach John Harbaugh to give updates on his condition.
“No injury questions, I’m sorry,” Carr said.
Asked if he’ll be ready for the regular season, Carr replied, “Yes, I feel good. It’s been a good camp. I feel real confident right now. I’m fine.”
Harbaugh didn’t give any details on Carr’s status.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “I don’t have a report on that yet.”
GAITHER SEES A BACK SPECIALIST:  Offensive tackle Jared Gaither went to see a back specialist Saturday to determine the cause of his frequent back spasms.
Gaither has been sidelined periodically throughout training camp with the problem, which could stem from losing 29 pounds to get down to 311 pounds after playing last season at 340 pounds.
Harbaugh indicated that the ailment isn’t serious, according to Dr. John Carbone.
“I had not heard the report on that yet other than to hear it’s not serious,” Harbaugh said. “It’s just something he’s got to fight through. It’s unfortunate because he’s competing for that spot, and you’ve got to stack practices.
“That’s what the competition is all about. But Jared’s a hard worker, and we’ve just got to get him on the field and get him going and he’ll be fine.”
Harbaugh said he had no questions about whether Gaither fits the team’s hard-nosed style.
“Yeah, he’s proven he plays like a Raven,” he said. “He’s played well here for a couple of years. I think it’s been tough. He’s getting these back spasms in his upper and middle back.”
BIG DAY FOR HAMLIN: Veteran safety Ken Hamlin intercepted two passes, picking off Marc Bulger and Troy Smith.
Hamlin is chasing Tom Zbikowski for the safety job with Ed Reed sidelined following offseason hip surgery.
“I’m not worried about positioning myself,” Hamlin said. “A lot of people got a lot better. That’s the thing about practice. You usually get better each day.”
Added Harbaugh: “Ken’s done a good job all the way through. I think the more comfortable he gets with the defense, the more you’re going to see his playmaking ability. He had a good day.”
INJURY REPORT: Besides Gaither, the following players didn’t practice: cornerbacks Fabian Washington (knee), K.J. Gerard (hamstring), safety Marcus Paschal (leg), center David Hale (undisclosed), offensive tackle Tony Moll (concussion) and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers (knee, ankle).
Washington was rested for precautionary reasons.
As he predicted, running back Willis McGahee returned to practice after being held out Friday due to swelling in his left knee.
Still on the physically unable to perform list: Reed, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps), running back Matt Lawrence (knee) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee).
HARBAUGH ON THE MOVE: Outside linebacker Antwan Barnes deflected a Bulger pass directly into the hands of his head coach.
Harbaugh ran upfield a bit and threw a joking stiff-arm at Barnes.
“I’ve got pretty good hands,” Harbaugh said. “Caught balls for my brother all those years. I can catch. You never know. The dream never dies, right?
QUICK HITS: Cornerback Cary Williams had the biggest hit of the day, upending rookie wide receiver David Reed. Wide receiver Justin Harper continues to make some big plays, catching a long pass from  Bulger as he split Hamlin and  rookie cornerback Chris Hawkins. … Dawan Landry picked off  Joe Flacco to begin the practice. … Rookie nose guard bull-rushed offensive guard Bryan Mattison, steamrolling him to the ground during one-on-one drills. It was replayed a few times on the video screen. “It was just a matter of quickness and strength. They told me to work on one thing at a time. I just pushed the pocket and got a good get-off and everything went good from here on out.” Added Harbaugh: “I saw Bryan Mattison stand up on a bull rush a little bit later and just stone somebody, too. They should be showing that one, too, to be fair, right?”


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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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