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News » Baltimore Ravens Notes, Quotes 2008-11-14


Baltimore Ravens Notes, Quotes 2008-11-14


Baltimore Ravens Notes, Quotes 2008-11-14
--Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason said he expects to play in Sunday's game against the New York Giants.


Mason, who dislocated his left shoulder Sunday, is not expected to practice this week before the showdown against the defending Super Bowl champions.

"I'm going to make the trip to New York and I expect to be on the field," said Mason, 34, who has played in 99 straight games. "My body typically responds well whenever I've had injuries. Just because I'm a little bit older doesn't mean it's going to respond well again."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was more cautious about Mason, who leads Baltimore in catches (46) and receiving yards (598).

"He's going to be day-to-day," Harbaugh said. "It's going to be a game-time decision."

--The Ravens placed two starters in the secondary -- cornerback Chris McAlister and safety Dawan Landry -- on injured reserve.

McAlister, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has not played since the Ravens' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Oct.19, when he was benched by Harbaugh and relegated to limited snaps. He underwent surgery Monday in Coral Gables, Fla., to repair his posterior cruciate ligament and cartilage damage on his right knee.

Landry started the Ravens' first two games but suffered a spinal cord concussion in the team's 28-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sept.21. Landry, who had missed the past seven games, had thought he could return this season.

--Anytime the Ravens play the Giants, it sparks memories of the Ravens' Super Bowl victory in January 2001.

Like that championship season, the Ravens once again have a strong defense, one that ranks in the top 5 in fewest total yards, rushing yards and points. But linebacker Ray Lewis, the centerpiece of both defenses, said there is no comparison between the two.

"We're no way close to that (2000 defense)," Lewis said. "Are we talented and good? Heck yeah. But to be that, you have to cap it off with that bowl. That solidifies true, true greatness."

--The Ravens secondary will see a familiar face in the Giants' Plaxico Burress, a longtime receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 11 games against the Ravens, Burress has averaged 3.9 catches for 69 yards. He has scored just one touchdown in the past five meetings.

"Eli (Manning) has got a lot of confidence in throwing it up there (to Burress)," Harbaugh said. "Sometimes when he's covered, he's not covered."

The Ravens are also familiar with Burress' ability to push off and get away with it. "Yeah, he does the Vlade Divac sometimes," cornerback Samari Rolle said, referring to the former NBA center.

--After committing seven penalties for 55 yards in the first half of Sunday's game at Houston, the Ravens drew no flags the remainder of the contest.

"It was magic," Harbaugh joked. "We sprinkled magic penalty dust."

Harbaugh got serious when he talked about the team's avoidance of incurring a personal foul for unsportsmanlike conduct or unnecessary roughness since Oct.19.

"The personal-foul penalties have evaporated," Harbaugh said. "I'm proud of that, and I think they are, too."

--Harbaugh said Edgar Jones, a tight end-linebacker who split a sack of Texans quarterback Sage Rosenfels with rookie linebacker Jameel McClain, will continue to practice at both positions.

--The Ravens have been alerted that their 1 p.m. games at M&T Bank Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles (Nov. 23), the Washington Redskins (Dec. 7) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (Dec. 14) could be moved to Sunday night under the league's flex scheduling.

--After converting four of four scoring opportunities inside the Texans' 20-yard line, the Ravens are 15 of 29 (51.7 percent) in the red zone and improved to 17th from 25th in the NFL in red-zone efficiency.

BY THE NUMBERS: 28 -- Consecutive games that the Ravens defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher, the NFL's longest current streak. The defense plays the New York Giants, the NFL's top-ranked rushing attack.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Maybe the one thing you don't anticipate is how much you're like a shepherd. You know, someone strays, and you have to pull him back in. Then another strays, and we pull him back. There's a little of that going on all the time." -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh, on his first season as a head coach.



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Added: November 14, 2008

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