Gooden a Little Cloudy

Tavares Gooden has another head injury, but he says it’s not serious.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens linebacker Tavares Gooden missed practice on Wednesday with a head injury, and while nobody is saying that it was a concussion, it was his second “head” injury of the season.

Gooden suffered a concussion in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns and did not play the following week against the New England Patriots.

The Miami product believes this time it’s not that bad.

“It’s not even that serious,” Gooden said. “It was more of I just kind of got caught off guard with my chin out, running through a gap, and got a little dizzy. One of those things.

“[I'm] just a little dinged up, that’s all.”

Gooden was limited on Thursday’s injury report and stood on the practice field during the portion open to the media in a red non-contact jersey.

“I’m out there, I’m watching,” said Gooden. “I’m going out there and talking with the trainers and seeing what’s the best thing for me to do. But right now I’m ready to go out there and play, we’re just going to take it one day at a time.

“I’m cleared with all my tests and things like that, so I’m just ready to go out there and see how it feels.”

Also wearing a non-contact jersey was offensive tackle Jared Gaither, who was a full participant on Wednesday but sat out the session on Thursday. 

Quarterback Joe Flacco (ankle), kicker Steve Hauschka (right ankle), linebacker Jarret Johnson (shoulder), safety Ed Reed (illness) and receiver David Tyree (hamstring) fully practiced.

For the Denver Broncos, this weekend’s opponent, starting safety Brian Dawkins (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ronald Fields (hamstring) were limited, while linebacker/fullback Spencer Larsen (shoulder) was full-go.

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