Ravens rookie Brandon Williams in a walking boot, Ed Dickson optimistic for Thursday
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 02, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Ravens rookie defensive lineman Brandon Williams is sidelined with a right foot injury and is in a walking boot.
The third-rounder from Missouri Southern said he got hurt against the St. Louis Rams in the preseason finale and he remains hopeful that it won't be a long-term injury.
"I think so, I really don't know," Williams said. "They really haven't said much about it yet. I'm walking, I can walk."
Williams said he's begun rehabilitating his foot and will await more exams to determine the extent of the damage, which coincides with left defensive end Arthur Jones being sidelined with an undisclosed personal medical issue that coach John Harbaugh didn't characterize as serious. Jones is considered day-to-day, per a source.
The Ravens had former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton in for a visit Sunday, but he wasn't immediately signed to a contract.
Meanwhile, tight end Ed Dickson is upbeat about his availability for Thursday night's season-opener against the Denver Broncos.
"I'm just flying around, making plays," Dickson said. "I feel pretty healthy. I'm pretty optimistic about my chances of playing this game and working toward playing. I always feel like I'm playing so I'm working towards it that way. We'll see what the trainers and the coach say."
Dickson is happy about his conditioning, and his timing with quarterback Joe Flacco. He expects to work in tandem with veteran Dallas Clark.
"I think I'm good with that chemistry now," Dickson said. "I'm back to where I was before I got hurt. The little things are always going to be the key in a game like this. They're not trying to put too much load on me, so we're working together, me and Dallas are working together."
Rush outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said his knee is no longer swelling up and he feels much better now since returning to practice this week. He had been sidelined since the Ravens' August practice at Stevenson University.
"Oh man, I feel way better," McPhee said. "I'm working hard on it, I'm busting my butt in the training room, getting here early, staying late in the training room, trying to be the first one in and the last one out."
McPhee said he's down to 274 pounds, a loss of 25 to 30 pounds since the spring, which is making his knees feel better.
"That's good for the knees," McPhee said. "I've lost weight. It's crazy, I feel good."
Outside linebacker D.J. Bryant, a Randallstown graduate, said he'll undergo surgery next week to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered against the Rams. Bryant was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
"It's another opportunity to take this year and really lift and pick up a lot more weight," Bryant said. "I just want to get healthy and get back out there next year."