Mason's consecutive game streak in jeopardy

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason is in danger of missing his first game in six years due to a dislocated left shoulder. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it's too early to declare the two-time Pro Bowl selection's status for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Mason has played in 99 consecutive games.

He landed awkwardly while leaping for a pass during the first quarter of a 41-13 victory over the Houston Texans, popping out his shoulder.

He returned in the second half and caught three passes for 41 yards and a two-point conversion. However, his arm was in a sling afterward in the locker room.

Mason, 34 hasn't missed a game since October 2002 when he was with the Tennessee Titans and has missed just three games due to injury in a dozen NFL seasons.

"I'm hopeful," Harbaugh said. "I would say we expect him to play, but we can't say for sure. He's sore, but he's OK."

Mason soared for a Joe Flacco pass way over his head, fell on his elbow and dislocated his shoulder. The shoulder was popped back in by trainers, and Mason was held out of the game until the second half.

"As soon as I went up, I knew if I came down wrong there was a possibility that I was going to hurt myself," Mason said Sunday. "I'm just glad it's not broken. There's a lot of people that play with it, but my situation is a little bit different because I'm a receiver. So, we'll see how it feels the rest of the week and we'll determine the rest from there."

Mason is the Ravens' leading receiver with 46 receptions for 598 yards and two touchdowns. No other player has more than 20 catches.

If Mason can't go for the first time since joining the Ravens, Baltimore would start return specialist Yamon Figurs opposite Mark Clayton.

Figurs has 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, but has displayed suspect hands in practices and has just two career receptions. He made an impact against the Texans on a 43-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

"Yamon brings a lot of speed," Harbaugh said. "He's a threat to take the top off the coverage every time. He can run by a safety or a corner in a heartbeat.

"Some people said coming out [of Kansas State] he was raw as receiver. I don't know if that's true. He's making great strides in terms of running around catching the ball."

INJURY REPORT: Offensive tackle Willie Anderson is a question mark for Sunday due to a sprained ankle.

Adam Terry would start in his place if Anderon is out.

"He's going to fight like crazy to get back," Harbaugh said. "There's a chance he will be back, but we don't know."

Harbaugh didn't have any new information on strong safety Dawan Landry, who's a candidate to be placed on injured reserve due to a spinal cord concussion.

Cornerback Chris McAlister is planning to have season-ending knee surgery soon and will be placed on injured reserve.

KICKING GAME: In the wake of rookie kicker Steve Hauschka booting a 54-yard field goal, the Ravens plan to gauge when to use him or test the limits of veteran Matt Stover's range.

"If it becomes out of Matt's range, then we'll have to make the determination that you always make on a long field goal," Harbaugh said. "Is the risk worth the reward? Is the three points worth the potential field position that we're going to lose if we miss it? What are the chances of making it? Just have to be a gut decision."

Undrafted out of North Carolina State, Hauschka's leg strength will continue to be employed on kickoffs. The Ravens hope to be able to keep Hauschka active for games even though it's considered a luxury to hold two roster spots for kickers.

"The flexibility that a guy like Hauschka gives you as a kicker is another weapon," Harbaugh said. "We have a guy that can obviously kick the longer field goal. He snuck that one through the right corner down there.

"The kickoff is an advantage for us, too, because he's just naturally going to be a little bit higher and a little bit deeper. That changes the math a little bit on kickoffs."

PENALTIES REDUCED: The Ravens committed seven penalties for 55 yards in the first half against the Texans, but weren't flagged again in the second half.

"It was magic," Harbaugh quipped. "We sprinkled magic dust on them, magic penalty dust. We have to get better in that area. I think one thing we're proud about is the personal foul penalties have evaporated.

"Not to say that couldn't come up and happen again at any time, but I think our guys have been stronger in those situations and not put themselves in a situation where they cost their team 15 yards."

QUICK HITS: Tight end Edgar Jones will continue to double as an extra linebacker after recording a sack against the Texans. "He's a two-way, go player right now," Harbaugh said. "He's a tight end and he's a linebacker." ... Harbaugh singled out quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson and running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery for praise. ... Linebacker Antwan Barnes was a healthy scratch against the Texans. "It was just a decision as far as what's best for all three phases," Harbaugh said. "We wanted to get our best players up, defense and special teams. That's what we tried to do."


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