Berea Report: Receivers Ready?

Mike McLain reports from Berea on Wednesday's activities, including two Andres and an Antonio in differing states of readiness for Sunday night's clash against the Ratbirds. Bernie's Insiders remains your only choice for spin-free same-day reports from Berea.<BR><BR>

BEREA – The news seems to be better for receiver Andre Davis, who injured a big toe Oct. 17 against Cincinnati.

Davis practiced Wednesday and is listed as probable on the injury report. It appears that Davis will be available to play Sunday in Baltimore.

"I think I will be out there (against the Ravens)," Davis said. "I want to make sure I take it slow and do everything possible so that I'm healthy."

Davis was refitted with shoes that put less pressure on his toes. He's also wearing a protective padding.

"I feel a lot better," he said. "I was able to do a couple of things. I got some new shoes and new things to put in them to make it feel more comfortable."


BRYANT GETS COMFY: Receiver Antonio Bryant spent time during the bye learning more of the offensive terminology, and he's feeling more comfortable in the offense.

"I just have to have it in my head so that it's second nature and I feel more comfortable going out there," Bryant said. "The more you know, the faster you play. It's still football. Everybody has corner routes. Everybody has post routes. The routes don't change."


KYLE TO KJ A NO-GO: Former Browns receiver Kevin Johnson isn't having a good year statistic-wise for the Ravens. After catching five passes against the Browns in the season opener, Johnson has caught just six passes for 86 yards.


THE INJURED: Receiver Andre King, who suffered a high ankle sprain against the Eagles, is doubtful. King didn't practice Wednesday.

The Ravens could be without offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (hamstring) and Heap (ankle). Ogden, who missed the first game against Cleveland because of an ankle injury, was sidelined last Sunday against the Eagles. Heap hasn't played since the third game.

Ravens center Mike Flynn (shoulder) is questionable. Flynn hasn't played since suffering the injury during training camp.


ANOTHER BUTCH MYSTERY: Coach Butch Davis wouldn't say which players would be deep on kick returns. Frisman Jackson and James Jackson both fumbled away returns against the Eagles. Asked who will handle the role, Butch Davis said, "Buy a ticket."


WORK AHEAD: The players realize there isn't much room for error if they plan on playing in the playoffs. The schedule, however, won't make it easy.

"We understand that there's definitely a hill to climb over these next nine weeks," quarterback Jeff Garcia said. "I don't see that it's something we can't accomplish. Every week is going to be a battle. There aren't any weeks that you can look at and say that this is going to be an easy game for us. It's never going to be like that."


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