John Harbaugh's weekly news conference

As well as Le'Ron McClain and Ray Rice played against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Ravens' 17-10 victory yesterday, Willis McGahee may reclaim his role as the featured tailback in the offense.

Coach Harbaugh said McGahee, who suited up but did not play yesterday, will take a more active role in practice this week with an eye on taking the field against the Houston Texans on Sunday.


"He needs to be ready to go, and I'm confident he'll be ready to go this week," Harbaugh said of McGahee. "... If he can do the job, he'll be out there."

Harbaugh also said that free safety Ed Reed will continue to be listed as day-to-day despite his performance in yesterday's victory. "I think nothing's changed in that sense," Harbaugh said.


Harbaugh expressed hope that defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (arthroscopic knee surgery) and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (leg contusion) would be able to play in Houston. Cornerback Corey Ivy called his right ankle sprain "minor" and said he anticipates playing against the Texans.

Other notes:

• Harbaugh was pleased with the offensive line's display, which included zero sacks and 229 rushing yards. "They were physical for four quarters, and they can be more physical," he said.

Harbaugh also noted that recently-signed offensive tackle Willie Anderson, who was deactivated for yesterday's contest, would play, but he declined to say whether Anderson would rotate with either left tackle Jared Gaither or right tackle Adam Terry. "We have a plan, and we're hopeful it's a good plan."

• Hurricane Ike is in the Caribbean and is projected to make it way to the Gulf Coast -- with some saying that the storm could hit Houston prior to Sunday's game. Harbaugh didn't seem fazed by that possibility. "The game's inside [Reliant Stadium, which has a retractable roof], right?" he asked. "We'll be alright. We'll play."

• Following yesterday's win, Harbaugh did not award a game ball to a specific player or unit. Instead, he said the game ball "goes to the entire team." So equipment manager Ed Carroll has ordered 94 footballs painted to commemorate the victory for the 53 active-roster players, nine for the practice-squad players, eight for the injured-reserve players, 23 for the coaching staff and one for team owner Steve Bisciotti.