Baltimore Ravens

Notebook: MRIs confirm minor injuries for Marshal Yanda, Bobbie Williams

Both of the Ravens' starting offensive guards suffered minor injuries with magnetic resonance imaging exams Monday confirming that diagnosis.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda, who left the game briefly to head to the locker room to have his right knee re-taped, tweaked his knee and ankle.


"He's moving around," Harbaugh said of Yanda, who indicated after the game that the knee felt great. "The MRIs are positive there."

An MRI of left guard Bobbie Williams' ankle revealed it was just a sprain. Williams had surgery on his right ankle last December after fracturing it against the Houston Texans when he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.


"We'll see," Harbaugh said. "We'll probably get him some rest during the week. Those are the only two things that were significant injury-wise."

Harbaugh acknowledged that Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata isn't 100 percent due to right shoulder and right sprained medial collateral ligament ailments.

However, Harbaugh didn't agree with a suggestion that Ngata should be rested to give him time to heal up, stressing that the team needs him to play each week to compete and win football games.

"I thought he played very solidly," Harbaugh said. "He has the shoulder and the knee a little bit, but he is fighting through it. We need him to win every game. Every game, the division championship is on the line. So, we'll just have to take that day by day and week by week and see where we're at."

Pees coaching from the booth

A subtle change to the Ravens' defensive strategy unfolded Sunday, a development that flew under the radar.

Following seven games coaching from the sidelines, defensive coordinator Dean Pees moved to the coaches' booth for the first time this season during the Ravens' 25-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

It was an idea that Pees first broached with Harbaugh after a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans prior to the Ravens' bye, and the Ravens plan to stick with this approach. It appeared to work as the defending AFC North champions shut out the Browns on five red-zone shots, holding them to five Phil Dawson field goals.


"We do plan on doing that going forward," Harbaugh said. "That was Dean's idea. He'd actually brought it up with me a few weeks before that thinking maybe he'd be a little more comfortable doing it that way.

"There are a lot of different ways to do it, but I think he feels good up there where he has a little better view on everything. He can see what's going on and make some corrections and make some adjustments without having to have it communicated."

During the game, the Ravens had inside linebackers coach Don Martindale relay the signals to the players via Pees on his headset.

"It worked really well," Harbaugh said. "The communication was very good."

Young defenders contribute

Although Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson rumbled for 105 yards on 25 carries, there were moments where the Ravens built a defensive wall and contained him.


In particular, inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe had a solid game considering he has casts on both of his thumbs.

Ellerbe led the Ravens with nine tackles, one for a loss, three quarterback hits and their lone sack.

"He was playing without thumbs," Harbaugh said, "and he played well without thumbs."

Meanwhile, rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw was physical in run support with three tackles and shifted to inside linebacker in the nickel package.

"I thought Courtney played very well," Harbaugh said. "Courtney was a force on the edge there, especially against the run."

R. Lewis rehabbing away from Ravens


For anyone expecting to see injured Ravens All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis at practice or attending games anytime soon, they'll probably have to wait a bit longer.

Placed on injured reserve-designated to return after undergoing surgery to repair his torn right triceps suffered during a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been rehabilitating away from the Ravens' training complex.

Lewis has been spending time in Florida and following his surgeon's advice as far as his recovery plan.

"He's doing well," Harbaugh said of Lewis. "He probably won't be in the building for a little while. He's got a protocol he's following. I can tell you this: He's got the best doctors in the world, to my understanding, working on his triceps. So, I fully trust Ray with his rehab right now. I know he's doing everything he can to get back."

Inspired by Pagano

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The inspirational words of Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano have found their way to the Ravens' locker room.


Battling leukemia, the popular former Ravens' defensive coordinator delivered an emotional speech to his players that the Colts released publicly.

Harbaugh showed his players clips of Pagano during a team meeting Monday. Pagano's cancer is in remission, his doctors told Indianapolis reporters.

"Chuck is a great person, he's a great coach," Harbaugh said. "Chuck's all heart. He's a guy that you believe in. He believes in his players. You can see it in the team, the way they're playing over in Indianapolis.

"Chuck's a fighter. We're all proud of him. We're proud of the way they're playing. It was a neat moment. it was neat for all of football fans out there to see that clip and see some insight into Chuck Pagano."

End zone

Flagged for roughing the passer prior to quarterback Joe Flacco's game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Torrey Smith, Browns safety T.J. Ward took issue with the call. He was penalized for helmet-to-helmet contact. "I didn't touch his head," Ward said. "My chest hit him in the shoulder. I don't agree with it." After reviewing the game, though, Harbaugh said the officials got it right. "It was helmet-to-helmet," Harbaugh said. "Without question." ... Rookie defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson got mixed reviews for his performance against the Browns as he recorded two assisted tackles. "He's getting better,' Harbaugh said. "He was good, and other times, he wasn't as good like most young guys, especially in the trenches because it's such a fight in there. Sometimes, you get the best of them. Sometimes, they get the best of you."  ... Former third-rounder Jah Reid lined up as an extra tight end in the Ravens' jumbo package and played a few snaps at right guard when Yanda was sidelined. "He played 10 or 15 snaps, different positions in there, and he played well," Harbaugh said. "He did a nice job. It was the first time he's really taken any extended time out there, and he wasn't overwhelmed at all." ... Raiders coach Dennis Allen disclosed that running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both sustained high-ankle sprains Sunday, which casts doubt on their status for Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium.