Carroll County Times

Ravens Notebook: Pitta practices

OWINGS MILLS - Tight end Dennis Pitta practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, just days after experiencing concussion-like symptoms during Sunday's win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pitta was injured on the Ravens' opening possession Sunday, hit hard by Steelers defenders Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Clark following a 5-yard catch on a low throw across the middle by quarterback Joe Flacco.

He didn't return to the game, but Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Pitta's concussion-like symptoms subsided by the end of the game and that the tight end "should be fine."

Defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee/thigh) and defensive tackle Terrence Cody (elbow) were also limited participants Wednesday after both missing Sunday's game.

McPhee has been sidelined for each of the last three games.

Cody hurt his elbow in practice last week. He wasn't originally expected to miss Sunday's game, but had issues with the elbow during pregame warmups.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) and cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) were the only two non-participants aside from cornerback Jimmy Smith, who's out indefinitely following sports hernia surgery last week.

FAMILIAR FACES: Six ex-Ravens will square off with their former team Sunday when Baltimore travels to face the San Diego Chargers.

Former Ravens Le'Ron McClain, Jared Gaither, Jarret Johnson, Aubrayo Franklin, Antwan Barnes and Chris Carr are all current members of the Chargers.

Four of the six are starters for San Diego - McClain at fullback, Gaither at left tackle, Johnson at outside linebacker and Franklin at defensive tackle.

MIXED FEELINGS: Like many around the state, University of Maryland graduate and former Terrapins football standout Torrey Smith has mixed feelings regarding the school's move to the Big 10 conference.

"I was mad at first," Smith said. "As an athlete, it's different than being a student there or a booster or something. When you're an athlete, when you play with a program, you kind of live by it - the rivalries, the teams you play, the teams you look forward to playing each and every year. All of that's completely different now."

But he understands the benefits of the move as well, especially from a financial standpoint.

Sports Illustrated, citing projected revenue information presented to the Maryland by Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany, reported Monday that the school stands to make nearly $100 million more in conference revenue by 2020 in the Big 10 than it would have made in the ACC.

Maryland announced Monday that it would be joining the Big 10 effective July 1, 2014.

"I was mad about it. But at the end of the day, it's better for the school, in terms of financially especially," Smith said. "It'll not only benefit the school athletically, but it'll benefit the school as a whole. And at the end of the day, that's all that matters.

"When it all settles, I think everyone will appreciate the move because of what the school and the athletic department at Maryland will be able to do."