Ravens May Need New Long Snapper

Among Baltimore’s injured were LS Morgan Cox, LB Tavares Gooden and TE Dennis Pitta.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, December 26th, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 16 at Browns

The Ravens might be looking for a new long snapper after Sunday’s 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns.

According to Head Coach John Harbaugh, Morgan Cox could have “serious” knee damage, which puts his season in jeopardy.

In addition, linebacker Tavares Gooden dislocated his shoulder and tight end Dennis Pitta sustained a concussion.

Cox’s injury appears to be the most serious, however. Harbaugh said Cox hurt his knee early in the game, but fought through it to maintain his long-snapping duties throughout the day.

Cox will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam to determine how severe the situation is.

“This was a gutsy performance, and it was epitomized by two guys,” Harbaugh said in characterizing the outcome.  “Tavares Gooden, who dislocated his shoulder.  The thing was hanging off, and he couldn’t move it.

“And Morgan Cox, he might have some serious knee damage. We’ll see with the MRI, but it doesn’t look good. It happened on the first or second play he was out there, and he played the whole game with whatever injury he’s got.”

Harbaugh said that Gooden might still be able to play this year and the team will consult doctors about Cox’s status.

“If Morgan’s got what we think he’s got, which is a torn ligament, he can’t play,” said Harbaugh.  “With Tavares, we’ll just have to see over the course of the week.”

The Ravens won’t be able to sign longtime long snapper Matt Katula, whom Cox beat out in the preseason.  Katula is currently snapping for the New England Patriots.

Without Pitta, the Ravens were left with only rookie Ed Dickson at tight end, as Todd Heap (hamstring injury) and Davon Drew were both inactive.

“That took us out of our two-tight end packages,” explained Harbaugh.

Television cameras also depicted wideout Derrick Mason in pain on the sideline during the fourth quarter, but who returned to the game.  The veteran was on last week’s injury report with an ankle injury, but he did not miss any time on Sunday because of the injury.

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