OWINGS MILLS — The Ravens held a bonus day on Wednesday, so to speak, with their Monday night game against Jacksonville on the horizon.
The players gathered to go over the gameplan, do some film study and tie up other loose ends before practice begins Thursday.
The team is already looking at how it will approach Jacksonville schematically. The key on defense will be stopping Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and forcing rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert to beat them with his arm.
“Hopefully we can get him down early and often and rattled a little bit,” defnsive tackle Haloti Ngata said.
Defensive tackle Terrence Cody is quite confident the Ravens’ defensive line will win the battle in the trenches.
”We feel like we have a chance to dominate up front this game like we’ve been doing this whole season so far,” Cody said. “We feel like we have a good chance against those guys and feel like we can stop the run if we keep playing like we’ve been playing.”
Players mum on injuries, CB Smith expects to be back soon
Under rules given by coach John Harbaugh, players are no longer commenting on certain injuries in detail as they once were.
Wide receiver Lee Evans did say his ankle injury won’t keep him out for the season and that he expects to be back. Cornerback Jimmy Smith said his high ankle sprain is a day to day injury but couldn’t be specific in a possible return.
“I’m very optimistic I’m coming back (soon),” Smith said.
Burgess back, LeVoir released
The Ravens re-signed linebacker Prescott Burgess with linebacker Dannell Ellerbe battling through groin and hamstring injuries.
Ellerbe is expected to miss up to three to four weeks. To sign Burgess, the Ravens released offensive lineman Mark LeVoir.
LeVoir started at left guard against Tennessee but has been relegated to spot duty since. He was a healthy scratch against Houston.
By Jason Butt