"My philosophy is make sure I can protect myself and make sure I can contribute to the team and not hurt the team team. The coaches trust me. If they say I'm able to go, I think they'll play me. If not, they'll make sure that I'm 100 percent."

Veteran safety Sean Considine said he's feeling much better after sustaining two concussions during the preseason and expects to be ready for the first game.

However, he hasn't been cleared for contact yet or taken a baseline neurological test.

"I'm definitely coming around a lot," Considine said. "Concussions are a tricky little deal. Sometimes, they take more time than you would hope, but they come around and now I feel really good."

Defensive end Pernell McPhee said his surgically repaired right knee has improved a lot since having arthroscopic surgery in the spring.

"I feel pretty good about my knee, about everything," McPhee said. "I'm 100 percent and ready to compete."

Cornerback Jimmy Smith said he's no longer bothered by the back spasms that slowed him down earlier during the preseason.

"My back feels absolutely fine," Smith said.

Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who's out indefinitely after undergoing surgery in May on his partially torn right Achilles tendon, declined to give an update on his recovery.

"I'm not talking until I'm playing," Suggs said as he exited the locker room.

Suggs is on the reserve physically unable to perform list, so he's out for at least the first six games.

Because of the severity of the injury, any contribution from Suggs late in the season would be regarded as a bonus by the Ravens.