RAVENS NOTEBOOK: Carr sidelined with tweaked hamstring

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OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens starting cornerback Chris Carr is dealing with a left hamstring injury and didn’t practice Tuesday.

"Chris Carr tweaked his hamstring a little bit," coach John Harbaugh said. "So, we held him out."

The Ravens also gave cornerback Lardarius Webb a day off even though he’s not injured.

Webb tore his anterior cruciate ligament as a rookie and returned last season.

"We just gave him a day off with his knee," Harbaugh said. "He’s been pushing it all the way through, so we wanted to give the knee a little break."

Offensive guard Marshal Yanda (back spasms), wide receiver James Hardy (hamstring), running back Damien Berry (ankle) didn’t practice.

Offensive guard Ben Grubbs practiced after getting a day off Monday following offseason ankle surgery to remove bone spurs.

Strong safety Bernard Pollard practiced, working with the first-team defense. However, he had an ice pack applied to his left knee during the latter portion of the workout.

Cornerback Domonique Foxworth (knee) practiced without incident.

Multiple veterans were granted a day off, including defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, defensive end Cory Redding, linebackers Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Brendon Ayanbadejo and Jarret Johnson, running back Ray Rice and wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

"No, it’s not arbitrary, but there’s not a formula to it as much," Harbaugh said. "Some of the guys are a little bit older, who probably don’t need as much practice. You look at who they were."

NO COMMENT: Ravens inside linebacker Tavares Gooden was allegedly one of the players who accepted extra benefits from rogue University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports that he gave Gooden a watch and a suit..

Gooden declined to discuss the report.

"All that stuff has to go through my attorney," Gooden said. "I can’t really answer no questions about anything like that."

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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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