Who’s Playing, Who’s Not vs. Redskins

The starters are expected to go into the third quarter Thursday night.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy, Preseason 3 vs Redskins

The third preseason game is the one that matters most to the starters.

After easing their way from one quarter to two in the Ravens’ first two contests, a majority of that group should play well into the third quarter.

Of course, several of the Ravens’ longtime veterans – such as Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata – will hit the sidelines earlier than their younger counterparts.

But for the most part, Thursday’s matchup with the Washington Redskins is the closest thing to a full dress rehearsal a team can have.

Birk Definitely Out

Center Matt Birk has arthoscopic surgery on his left knee in early August, and he walked out on the practice field Tuesday for the first time since.

The early prognosis was a three to four week rehabilitation process, and Birk seems to be on schedule.

“He is progressing,” Head Coach John Harbaugh recently noted. “It was supposed to be three to four weeks before he would be moving around pretty well. Now, he is starting to walk a little bit. I am anxious. I want to see him out here sooner rather than later, but it’s not something that we really control.”

Yanda’s Status Uncertain

The status of guard Marshal Yanda is uncertain.

Yanda has been held out of practice since the Ravens’ season opener with back spasms. Harbaugh said last week that he could return for the Redskins game.

“You know Marshal, he’ll want to [practice next week],” Harbaugh said last Wednesday, noting the injury is not serious. “If we have to hold him back, it will basically be us holding him back. But he’s going to be out this week, and it’s not a serious thing. He’s not going to be out for the regular season or anything like that, and he’ll probably play next week.”

Yanda has only practiced on a limited basis for the past two days.

Carr Uncertain, As Well

Cornerback Chris Carr was on the practice field Sunday for limited work, but he said he wasn’t 100 percent at the time. Carr was being eased back into action, but he couldn’t guarantee that he will see action at M&T Bank Stadium.

“I’m working on it and thinking about it,” he said. “I definitely want to play, but I’m not 100 percent sure. So we’ll see.”

Johnson Suits Back Up

After missing two practices this week for a reported back injury, linebacker Jarret Johnson was back on the field Wednesday.

One of the toughest players in Ravens history – the Alabama product owns a franchise record for 112 consecutive games played – said he is excited to suit up.

“It’s the third preseason game, and it’s kind of big for the starters. And being the Redskins, there’s kind of a little rivalry, so I really wanted to play in this game.”

McKinnie Passes Physical, Unknown If He’ll Play

Newly-signed offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie met with Ravens officials on Wednesday and passed his physical, officially making him a Raven.

Listed at a massive 6-foot-8, 345-pounds, McKinnie reportedly weighed near 400 pounds when he reported for Minnesota Vikings training camp.

Considering his lack of practice time with his new teammates, it would be surprising if McKinnie gets any snaps against Washington.

LeVoir In First Ravens Action

Offensive lineman Mark LeVoir only signed a few days ago, but he will likely be in the Ravens’ starting lineup.

LeVoir has been getting time with the ones at right tackle this week despite just being thrown into the offense.

“He just has to get accustomed to how we go about doing things, and he is a veteran football player,” said Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron Tuesday. “We will find out a lot about him probably tomorrow and Thursday night.”

Foxworth Unsure Of Workload

Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth has been working his way back into full action as he recovers from a 2010 knee surgery.

Foxworth, who split practice time with the starters with rookie Jimmy Smith this week, got only a few snaps in Friday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs and is unsure how much time he’ll get Thursday.

“I’m just going with whatever the recommendation is from the guys who have done it before,” Foxworth said. “I’ll play as long as they want me to or as short as they want me to.”

Hardy In Doubt

Wideout James Hardy has only practiced a handful of times during the preseason, as he’s been plagued by a hamstring injury.

He did some limited work in practice on Tuesday, but nothing that would suggest he is ready for in-game work.

For The Redskins

The biggest question swirling around Redskins Park is whether Rex Grossman or John Beck will start in the Week 1 opener against the New York Giants. Both have started games in the preseason, with Beck playing well last week.

And even though this is the preseason, Head Coach Mike Shanahan recently said he hasn’t decided who will begin under center against the Ravens.

Talented tight end Chris Cooley has been hobbling with a brace on his aching left knee, and reports out of Washington are that he hopes he’ll be ready for the Giants game.

That sidelines him for Thursday night.

In addition, safety LaRon Landry (hamstring), linebacker Edgar Jones (concussion), wideout Brandon Banks (knee), wideout Malcolm Kelly (foot) and running back Ryan Torain (head) are not expected to play.

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