LANDOVER -- It was only a few minutes into the Baltimore Ravens’ preseason
finale before a starter suffered an injury.
Fullback Justin Green sprained his knee with remaining in the first quarter and had to be carried off by
trainers after catching a short swing pass from quarterback Steve McNair.
Green didn’t return and it’s unclear whether he’ll be available for the
Ravens’ Sept. 10 season opener against the Washington Redskins.
Afterward, Green said he could have returned if it had been a regular season
game and stressed that he didn't think he would miss anytime.
Meanwhile, backup defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin left the game with a hip
injury and didn’t return. Linebacker Mike Smith banged up his knee, but it
wasn't viewed as serious.
TRAINING ROOM: The Ravens were already shorthanded heading
into the fourth preseason game.
Cornerback Chris McAlister was held out of the game as a precautionary
measure after missing a few practices with hip and thigh pain.
Plus, wide receiver Derrick Mason was a late scratch to rest his knee. Like
McAlister, it isn’t considered serious and both could have played if they had
The Ravens were also without safety Gerome Sapp (abdominal infection),
running back Jamal Lewis (hip) and offensive guard Brian Rimpf (hamstring).
Rimpf has been out since straining his hamstring early in training camp and
is a major candidate to be placed on injured reserve, which would end his season
before it ever started.
PUNTING UPDATE: Rookie Sam Koch, the team’s sixth-round draft
pick from Nebraska, pretty much has a stranglehold on the punting
He boomed a 58-yard punt down to the Redskins’ 12-yard line on his first try.
Koch averaged 52.3 yards on four punts
in the first half.
It’s regarded as a forgone conclusion that Koch will win the job and that the
Ravens will release veteran Leo Araguz. Koch's ability to kick off, too, could
alleviate the need for kickoff specialist Aaron Elling.
QUICK HITS: The Ravens started Devard Darling at wide
receiver in place of Mason. … Nickel back Corey Ivy ran with the starters in
place of McAlister. … Fullback Ovie Mughelli took even more repetitions than
usual with Green out. ... Eight different Ravens caught passes in the first
half, led by rookie Demetrius Williams' two catches for 30 yards, including a
29-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Boller. ... Rookie safety Dawan Landry led
Baltimore with five tackles in the first half, a mark tied by linebacker Bart Scott. ... Offensive guard Keydrick Vincent and offensive tackle Tony Pashos
played two extra series after the first-string offense was relieved.
Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for the Carroll County Times.