Stallworth Breaks Foot, Clayton Concussed

Stallworth will be out for two months, but Clayton’s concussion is not long-term.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Ravens wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth broke his left foot in Baltimore’s 24-10 win over the New York Giants Saturday night, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh.

“That’s really disappointing for him and for our football team, obviously,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll do what we do. We’ll step up. The next guy will play well.”

Stallworth will have a screw inserted in the foot soon, and the Ravens believe he could potentially return during their bye weekend (Oct. 29-31).

“The good news is, it’s not a season-ending injury,” said Harbaugh. “He’ll get the surgery right away. They’ll put a screw in that thing, and we’ll hope to get him back right around the bye week.”

After spending last year out of football, Stallworth joined the Ravens this offseason and was one of the hardest workers in the locker room.

The Ravens were looking forward to seeing Stallworth challenge opposing defenses vertically.

“It’s a big blow for us, because he’s definitely a guy that can help this team out,” said fellow wideout Anquan Boldin. “Especially with his speed stretching the defense.”

Stallworth was in a competition with Mark Clayton for the Ravens’ third receiver job.

Judging by Clayton’s playing time in Saturday’s game, it seemed he had the lead for the spot until he left with a concussion when Giants safety Antrelle Rolle delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter.

“That’s something you have to be careful with, but it’s not a long-term thing,” Harbaugh said of Clayton’s status.

The Ravens did not report any other injuries, even though running back Willis McGahee did not play all night.

Harbaugh said the Ravens were just giving McGahee, 28, a veteran rest.

“We just don’t need to play those guys every single week,” said Harbaugh. “Willis has gotten reps. He may or may not get reps next week.

“I don’t think we need to see what Willis McGahee can do.”

McGahee owns five rushes for 12 yards and one touchdown this preseason.

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