Washington Upgraded, Fully Practices

Cornerback Fabian Washington and linebacker Jarret Johnson were back on the practice field Thursday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington (head) and linebacker Jarret Johnson (shoulder) were back on the practice field on Thursday after missing Wednesday’s session during the portion that was open to the media.

But left tackle Jared Gaither remained absent with an illness. 

Washington sustained a concussion last Sunday against the San Diego Chargers and underwent tests this week.  He worked out with his fellow defensive backs and seemed to have no ill effects

“I’m just going to see how it goes this week,” Washington said in a brief appearance in the locker room. 

Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison seemed optimistic that both Washington and Johnson will play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

“I do believe Fabian will be up,” Mattison said. 

He later expounded upon Johnson’s status. 

“I don’t want to look forward to having to walk on that field without Jarret Johnson, so I’m saying that he’s there,” he stated.

Washington was upgraded to a full participant in practice on the injury report, along with safety Tom Zbikowski (head) and tight end L.J. Smith (hamstring).  It was also noted that Johnson did not practice, as he wore sweat pants during the warm up drills. 

According to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, the prognosis is similar for Gaither, who is dealing with flu-like symptoms.

“He’ll be ready to play. I wouldn’t think of anything else,” Cameron noted.  “This illness is going around. Every team is dealing with it. He’ll handle it fine. He’s preparing. Even though he’s come down with this flu bug or whatever it is, he’ll be ready to play.”

Without Gaither, the Ravens slid right tackle Michael Oher to the left side and plugged Marshal Yanda in for Oher.

Defensive tackle Justin Bannan (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

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