Eight Ravens listed as questionable

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens listed eight players as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, including six starters. Wide receiver Derrick Mason, who has a painful dislocated left shoulder, was rested in practice again Friday for precautionary reasons after not practicing all week.

He's expected to play, though, despite experiencing cramping with his trapezius after aggravating the injury against the Dallas Cowboys.

"We pretty much had planned not to work him this week," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We were going to try to keep the cramping out of it as much as we can. So, it's working the mental part of [preparations]."

Cornerback Fabian Washington (toe), offensive tackle Willie Anderson (sprained left ankle), running back Ray Rice (calf contusion), free safety Ed Reed (hamstring), cornerback Samari Rolle (sprained ankle), linebacker Jarret Johnson (calf) and offensive tackle Adam Terry (knee) were listed as questionable as well as Mason.

Washington didn't practice all week.

"I think they're all going to do everything they can to get out there," Harbaugh said. "We think they're going to be out there, but we're not going to know until Sunday for certain guys. We'll see how it goes. They do all want to play, there's no question about that."

Harbaugh described Rice and Anderson as game-time decisions although Anderson has already predicted he'll play and Rice's leg injury has improved markedly.

"They're pushing to get ready, and you can't really predict it right now," Harbaugh said. "We're hopeful."

Backup linebacker Antwan Barnes told the Times days ago that he is out for the season, including the playoffs, with a strained left pectoral muscle. However, Harbaugh said he hasn't completely ruled out Barnes' possible return for the postseason

"I don't know for sure if he's out for the remainder of the season," he said. "There's a couple of weeks issue in there and we'll have to make a decision about whether there's an opportunity to bring him back, whether it's worth trying to wait taking the risk that he wouldn't be back. We should know more about that Monday."

Defensive end Trevor Pryce (illness) and return specialist Yamon Figurs (head) are probable. The Jaguars upgraded running back Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) to full participation in practice and listed him as probable.

BIG YEAR: Inside linebacker Batt Scott has toned down his act on and off the field, avoiding personal fouls like the one he got last year for tossing an official's flag into the stands and staying away from the controversial, colorful remarks that had defined his style for years.

"I think our guys, generally speaking, have done a really good job of channeling their emotions toward winning football games," Harbaugh said "And that's something that's helped us be successful."

In the final year of his contract, Scott has just quietly gone about his work and ranks third on the team with 94 tackles and has been solid in pass coverage with five pass deflections.

"He's doing a great job," defensive coordinator Rex Ryan said. "I think when Greg Mattison came in here to coach, he really took to Greg and tried to get his game even tighter from the steps and everything else, his reads. You can see that in his play. Bart is really a complete player."

Added Harbaugh: "Bart Scott has played really well. Bart Scott, to me, has improved every week of the season. If you watch him compared to the past, I think he's even better than he was before. He understands the game as well as anybody we've got. He's just playing at a really high level."

STONE COLD: Since the Ravens signed big safety Daren Stone in early November after he was cut by the Cowboys, he has impressed the coaching staff by making seven special-teams tackles.

None of his plays has been bigger than a pivotal fourth-quarter recovery of a Figurs fumble on a kickoff in a 33-24 victory over the Cowboys.

"The coaches told me it was a big turning point in the game," Stone said. "I just went down in the pile and got it out. Ironically, I cut by the Cowboys and got picked up by the Ravens two days later. It was good to get a win against them after I've played there."

At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Stone has the size, athleticism and hitting ability to possibly emerge as a factor on defense one day. For now, he's making his mark in the kicking game.

"He's had a real positive impact for us," special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. "He's given us a gunner with size and speed. He's a playmaker. He's big enough as a safety to block inside guys and play on the inside on kickoff coverage, which is really something I think has helped us a lot."

This is Stone's third NFL team since being selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2007 draft out of Maine, where he recorded 173 career tackles, 10 interceptions and five sacks.

He'd like to come to training camp next year and try to earn a job.

"We haven't talked about that yet, but I keep my hopes up," he said. "I want to be here."

BATTLING THROUGH ADVERSITY: Jaguars quarterback David Garrard was diagnosed with Crohn's disease four years ago. It's a life-threatening digestive condition with frequent symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss. Garrard takes a IV of Remicade for three and 1/2 hours once every two months. He participates in the "In the Zone for Crohn's" program, donating $10,000 to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of American for every touchdown he scores.

"I really think I've been blessed with this disease to bring more awareness to it and to be a voice for it because not a lot of people like to talk about running to the restroom and just having really bad stomach pains," Garrard told Baltimore reporters in a conference call. "I just want to do all that I can because there are a lot of kids affected by it. For me, I just want to be a little bit of hope for them and allow them to continue to fight a little bit more.

QUICK HITS: After giving the players off for Christmas, the coachi ng staff was pleased with the focus at practice Friday. "I think our guys had a good day, that's most important from a business perspective is they came back ready to go to work," Harbaugh sad. "We had a good morning meeting and a good practice." ... The Ravens will honor 15 of the 1958 Colts, including Raymond Berry and Lenny Moore, at a halftime ceremony and will host them for a reception at the team hotel tonight. "My dad has given me a little history lesson on the '58 Colts," said Harbaugh, who got a Colts book as a Christmas present. "We're encouraging our guys to talk to the guys, get to know a little bit about the history of football in Baltimore. We're excited about that." ... The Ravens are favored by 12.5 points, their largest point spread of the season. The only other time this year they were favored by more than a touchdown was their game against the Oakland Raiders where they were favored by eight points. ... Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco's jersey leads the Ravens in sales since April through the NFL's official online store, and he ranks in the top 50 among all NFL players, according to the league office. ... The Ravens rank third in scoring defense, allowing 15.8 points per game. ... The Ravens are 5-2 at home and haven't allowed more than 13 points in a game at M&T Bank Stadium this season. ... The Ravens have won 51 games at home since 2000, the third-most in the league over that span. ... Tight end Todd Heap has caught three=2 0touchdowns in five games against the Jaguars with 14 catches for 189 yards. ... Rolle has eight interceptions in a dozen career games against Jacksonville, the most by any player against the Jaguars. ... Kicker Matt Stover has converted 88.2 percent of his kicks against Jacksonville (30 of 34), including hitting all 22 field goal attempts inside 40 yards. ... The Ravens are 9-2 when they lose the coin toss. ... Baltimore leads the NFL with 24 interceptions and has at least one interception in 13 of 15 games.


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