AFC North: Adam Terry

Posted by's Tim Graham

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Baltimore Ravens starting right tackle Willie Anderson, a four-time Pro Bowler, is out of Saturday's playoff game against the Tennessee Titans with a stinger shooting down his left arm.

Anderson's return to the game is questionable. He still is on the sideline and hasn't been taken in for X-rays, which is a good sign.

The injury occurred early on the Ravens' third possession. He was replaced by Adam Terry, and the Ravens drove for a touchdown. Joe Flacco connected with Derrick Mason on a 48-yard strike to tie the game at 7.

Flacco's throw came on third-and-13. So much for my earlier post about the Ravens' reluctance to call his number on third-and-long.

Flacco is only 2-for-4, but he has 56 yards and a score.

Update: Anderson has returned to the game.

Ravens, Eagles halftime notes

November, 23, 2008
 James Lang/US Presswire
 Donovan McNabb had a rough first half against the Ravens.

Posted by's James Walker

BALTIMORE -- If you like odd games, this is the one for you.

After two quarters of football, the Baltimore Ravens lead the Philadelphia Eagles 10-7 at M&T Bank Stadium. There have been three turnovers, an illegal forward pass and a 100-yard kickoff return in a wild first half.

Here are some observations:

  • Baltimore's offense has been fairly predictable in the first half. The Ravens are running on most first downs and the Eagles are run blitzing, leading to very little yardage and long second-and-distance situations. Three turnovers from Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb have led to 10 Baltimore points.
  • The Eagles' offense continues to struggle on short distances. Dating to last week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia has thrown the ball five straight times on third-and-1 and the Eagles didn't convert on any of the attempts.
  • The Eagles' 100-yard return by Quintin Demps was the longest kickoff return allowed in Baltimore Ravens history. The return also was timely, because it came with under two minutes to go in the first half and after the Ravens took a 10-0 lead.
  • There have been numerous injuries in the first half. For the Eagles, running back Correll Buckhalter injured his knee and his return is questionable. Ravens tackle Adam Terry also received a concussion in the second quarter and his return was listed as questionable.
Posted by's James Walker
 AP Photo/Rob Carr
 John Harbaugh has seen several players get injured in the early part of training camp.

"Camp Hardball" is quickly turning into "Camp Hard-luck" in Baltimore.

The injury bug arguably has hit the Baltimore Ravens harder than any NFL team this summer. The list of players who have been hurt in the past week include running back Willis McGahee (leg), offensive tackles Adam Terry (ankle) and Jared Gaither (ankle), and defensive tackles Haloti Ngata (knee) and Kelly Gregg (leg). McGahee and Gregg have since returned to practice.

First-year head coach John Harbaugh promised to change the loose culture in Baltimore, and he's doing exactly that by having practices that are both high-energy and very physical. The side-effect has been a rash of ailments to key players.

It is no surprise that Harbaugh is going 100 miles per hour in training camp. It's the only way he knows. He's the son of a coach and a longtime special-teams assistant, and Harbaugh has taken that hard-nosed mentality to the lead post.

But it may be time to ease the foot off the pedal just a little bit.

Harbaugh doesn't have to revert to the country-club style of camp ran by former coach Brain Billick. But for the sake of his team's overall health, Harbaugh should begin searching for a happier medium in the coming weeks.

The Ravens need to have at least 53 players left when they face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7.

Posted by's James Walker

Morning take: Perhaps last week's surprising chants of "D.A.! D.A.! D.A!" rattled Quinn early.

Morning take: Can he pass protect?

Morning take: As a former Bengals beat writer, I've seen this happen in practice before, and Johnson always gets the last laugh. Fortunately for White, Johnson will be rehabbing his right ankle for a few more weeks.

Morning take: I've heard of Webster, Enos and Sergeant, but never a Chad Slaughter. We will find out soon if he can play.

Posted by's James Walker

Here is your one-stop shopping for the best storylines in the AFC North:

  • Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda is out for the entire 2008 season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Morning take: This is a big blow if the Steelers fail to find a suitable replacement. The team signed Paul Ernster off waivers, and the last time I saw Ernster, he was a complete disaster in Cleveland. Where is Chris Gardocki when you need him?

Morning take: Perry has always looked impressive whenever he's healthy and on the field. He just hasn't been on the field enough.

  • Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that return specialist and backup receiver Joshua Cribbs lined up everywhere Tuesday, including at quarterback.

Morning take: Buyer beware! Although it is tempting to use Cribbs' unique talents as often as possible, the Browns have the best special teams in the AFC and should be very cautious not to wear Cribbs down to the point that it takes the edge off his electric returns.

  • In what's becoming a daily occurrence, Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun notes that offensive tackle Adam Terry (ankle) is the latest Raven to go down.

Morning take: This is getting ridiculous. At this rate, the Baltimore Ravens may not have enough players to fill a 53-man roster at the start of the regular season.

Posted by's James Walker

This is the first of a three-day series examining drafts for each AFC North team over the past three years. The NFL draft is one of the biggest reasons some teams are more successful and talented than others. Grades are based on performance, where players were picked (too high, too low) and whether they remain with their original team.

Today we start with the 2005 draft and the Baltimore Ravens:

Baltimore Ravens: 2005 Draft
1.22Mark ClaytonWROklahoma
2.53Dan CodyLBOklahoma
2.64Adam TerryTSyracuse
4.124Jason BrownCNorth Carolina
5.158Justin GreenRBMontana
6.213Derek AndersonQBOregon State
7.234Mike SmithLBTexas Tech

Analysis: This was not a banner year for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, who is highly-regarded as one of the best in the business. There is a player on this list that sticks out, and it's sixth-rounder Derek Anderson, who is the best player in this class and the only Pro Bowler thus far. The problem is Anderson is thriving with the rival Cleveland Browns, and the Ravens are still taking heat for allowing that to happen. Mark Clayton has been decent, but not what you'd expect from a first rounder, and second-round pick Dan Cody has been hurt all of his career. The two offensive linemen -- Adam Terry and Jason Brown -- were good value picks.

Grade: C-

Next is a look at the Cincinnati Bengals.