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Baltimore Ravens Notes, Quotes 2008-10-17

Baltimore Ravens Notes, Quotes 2008-10-17
--The Ravens are prepared for the Miami Dolphins' "Wildcat" formation.

"What it does is it changes the numbers for the defense," John Harbaugh said. "So, if you've got to cover down on all those receivers, whether it's a quarterback or not, somebody's got to cover them. That takes one more man out of the box.

"If a quarterback is in there handing off to a back, that's one more run defender in a box. If you direct-snap to a running back, and the quarterback is out there, he takes somebody with him. That's one less guy you've got to block. The math part of it is a big part of it."

--Marshal Yanda will have surgery to repair three torn ligaments in his right knee, and coach John Harbaugh said his starting right guard will be ready to play next season.

"He should be practicing at full speed for the (organized team activities next spring)," Harbaugh said.

Rookie linebacker Tavares Gooden, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday along with Yanda, will have two surgeries. The third-round pick will have a sports hernia and a hip injury repaired at different times.

--After recording 9 1/2 sacks in the first 14 games of 2006, linebacker Bart Scott has only two in his last 23 games.

But Scott said he isn't discouraged by the drought. Because the Ravens haven't had big leads late in games, he estimated that he gets one or two chances a game to blitz on passing downs.

"For what I can affect, I think I'm playing just as good as I ever have," Scott said. "You don't become No. 1 in defense in every category if everybody is not playing good football."

--Strong safety Dawan Landry (neck and shoulders) has been recovering "very rapidly," Harbaugh said. The coach didn't give a timetable but said, "He'll be back sooner rather than later."

--The Ravens got "decent news" on the magnetic resonance imaging tests on returner Yamon Figurs and receiver Demetrius Williams. Harbaugh said both are day to day.

--Cornerback Samari Rolle, who had neck surgery two weeks ago, wasn't wearing a cervical collar in the locker room. "I feel a whole lot better," Rolle said. "I can move (my neck) and I'm just waiting to be cleared."

--General manager Ozzie Newsome said he spoke with eight teams before the trade deadline but wasn't close to making any deal. He declined to name the teams.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Consecutive road losses by the Ravens. Their last victory away from home was Oct. 7, 2007, at San Francisco.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We believe he's our starter. Joe's our guy. I'm never a guy that's going to sit up here and say, 'Never ever.' But I don't envision a scenario today where Joe is not going to be our starter this year save an injury." -- Coach John Harbaugh, on his commitment to starting rookie quarterback Joe Flacco for the rest of the season.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 17, 2008

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