Coach John Harbaugh opened his Monday news conference by mentioning that former tight end Konrad Reuland, 29, is in the intensive care unit at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to an aneurysm in his brain.
“Just want to ask really for some prayers for Konrad Reuland,” Harbaugh said. “He was put into the UCLA Medical Center Intensive Care Unit today. He had an aneurysm in his brain, and he’s going to undergo surgery tomorrow. So he’s in intensive care today and tonight. So we just ask that you remember him in your prayers. Konrad Reuland, tremendous guy, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family tonight and tomorrow for the surgery.”
From 2014-15, Reuland was signed to the practice squad three times before getting promoted to the active roster on Dec. 8, 2015. He was released by the team on May 3.
Weddle blames himself: Strong safety Eric Weddle had a chance to tie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley for the team lead in interceptions, with three, but Weddle inexplicably dropped a deep pass from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, intended for wide receiver James Wright in the first quarter Sunday.
Weddle, whose 21 career interceptions rank seventh among active safeties, chastised himself for committing a cardinal sin.
“I tell guys every day, ‘Don’t catch with your chest!’ That’s what happens,” said Weddle, who is one of two safeties to register at least 50 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups, and one forced fumble this season. “And what do you do? Freaking loser is what I am.”
Weddle said he was contemplating where to run with the interception before actually making the grab. “You’re always thinking you’re going to score. Stupid,” he said. “It’s all right. Just got to get humbled a little bit and make you work harder.”
Boyle happy about return: Tight end Nick Boyle did not record a catch in Sunday’s win, but he did make a few blocks in his 20 snaps on offense, and was in for 13 more plays on special teams.
It was Boyle’s first appearance of the season since serving a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs for the second time. He admitted that he “had a few more butterflies” than he had for previous contests.
“It was a little surreal running back out again because it’s been a long time. But it was awesome,” he said. “Obviously, it’s awesome when you win. Everyone’s happy, and it felt great. I’ve got some things to still work on, but I thought it was a great start.”
End zone: Harbaugh said cornerback Jimmy Smith, who has sat out the past two games because of a back injury, has made progress in his rehabilitation. “I was hopeful he would get back,” Harbaugh said, referring to Sunday’s game. “He ran again on Saturday. We tried to see how well he ran on the ground. It was better, but it wasn’t good enough to play. So that’s where we’re at. … Harbaugh said the decision to deactivate outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who had started in four of five games prior to Sunday, was because his position is suddenly crowded with Terrell Suggs, Albert McClellan, Elvis Dumervil and rookie Matthew Judon. “It’s really not so much about Za’Darius Smith and what he was or wasn’t doing,” Harbaugh said. “It’s more about the fact that we had to have a certain number of guys up in certain spots to play positions. We have five outside backers. It’s hard to get five outside backers up.” … After making his second straight start at left guard, Marshal Yanda admitted that he sometimes finds himself moving to his usual right guard spot, where he has earned five Pro Bowl invitations. “It still doesn’t feel right,” he said. “I still line up on the wrong side when I go out there. [Center Jeremy Zuttah] has to put me on the left side because I just naturally go to his right. But in the end, it keeps me playing football and that’s what I want to do.” … Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said center Mike Pouncey (hip) is “probably not ready yet” to return for Sunday’s game. The outlook for left tackle Branden Albert (dislocated wrist) and left guard Laremy Tunsil (shoulder), two other offensive linemen who sat out Sunday’s 31-24 win against the San Francisco 49ers, is also murky.