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Clayton Sore, But Fine For Week 1

The Ravens’ No. 3 wide receiver will likely sit out the final preseason game.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Mark Clayton’s head feels fine, but his neck is pretty stiff Monday morning, keeping the Ravens’ No. 3 wide receiver out of practice and putting Thursday’s final preseason game into question.

But despite suffering a minor concussion on a major hit from Giants safety Antrel Rolle during the second quarter of Saturday night’s game, Clayton doesn’t expect it to affect his status for the regular season opener on Sept. 13 and Head Coach John Harbaugh said he expects Clayton will play.

“No, not at all,” Clayton said when asked if he would have to sit out Week 1. “Just my neck’s pretty sore. He caught me in the ear, neck area. Other than that we’re pretty good.”

Clayton, who reported that he will still get precautionary brain tests, said he could play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams, but would rather opt to take it easy.

“I think because of how I feel with my neck and everything, just give me some rest and let my neck come on around rather than being in jeopardy of taking another shot or doing something else and now it’s worse,” Clayton said.

It seemed that Clayton was going to pop off the turf without a problem right after the hit. But after starting to hoist himself up, Clayton said he felt a rush of blood to his head so he lowered himself back to the ground.

He said he was having a conversation with himself out on the turf.

“I was like, ‘Man, I can’t believe he hit me like that,’” Clayton said. “I saw it coming and I was like, ‘Dang, he’s going to hit me.’ And then I was like, ‘Dang, he hit me.’”

Clayton spoke with Rolle Sunday and the two asked each other if they were alright. Rolle was flagged for a 15-yard penalty on the play and told Clayton that he also felt a little woozy after the hit.

Clayton, who said he’s taken his fair share of “knockouts” from safeties during his college and professional days, hopes Rolle doesn’t get fined.

“It’s football, dude,” Clayton said. “Stuff like that happens.”

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