There are a few things we learned this week during the Ravens’ passing camp. These are some quick reports on player’s health:
Jared Gaither continued to miss practice.
A minor bruise on the bottom of Gaither’s foot caused him to be sidelined. Although Head Coach John Harbaugh doesn’t anticipate much time will be lost, this is already Gaither’s 4th missed practice session of the offseason.
Marshal Yanda will fill in for Gaither at right tackle, while Chris Chester will take over Yanda’s position at guard. It seems Gaither is in the news too often about bad things. If we do try to sell Gaither, these health issues won’t be good for his trade value.
Troy Smith was another player absent from practice.
He was reported to have had his tonsils removed while in his hometown of Cleveland. Coach Harbaugh expects Smith to take about 2 weeks to recover from the procedure.
Smith had a previous incident with this tonsils back in 2008 which caused him to lose his starting quarterback job, but it is still unclear whether or not these two cases are related.
Lardarius Webb was actually seen on the field making some movement during practice.
Webb was seen with Ravens Head Trainer Bill Tessendorf doing various moves like cuts, backpedals, strafes, and hip rotations. Coach Harbaugh said that Webb “is ahead of schedule significantly.” He also added that Fabian Washington was also ahead of schedule in regards to a return.
At least we have some good news; this is very encouraging because the Ravens really need both Webb and Washington to be back as soon as possible. The Ravens are not much of a threat at the cornerback position right now, so let’s all hope for their continued progress.