Notebook: Terrell Suggs returns to practice

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since spraining his knee three weeks ago, a development that indicates he might be able to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions. After missing the past three games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, Suggs took part in practice on a limited basis.

It's unclear how much he was able to do, but coach John Harbaugh expressed mild optimism that Suggs might be able to play Sunday.

"We're hopeful that we'll get Terrell back this week," Harbaugh said. "It's not a given by any stretch, but there is a chance."

Suggs wasn't made available to comment and wasn't in the locker room during the portion open to reporters.

Besides his knee, Suggs has been in the news lately after Candace Williams, who describes herself as Suggs' fiancée and the mother of his son and daughter, was granted a temporary restraining order that mandates that Suggs stay away from her and their Windsor Mill home.

Suggs allegedly knocked Williams down and poured bleach on her and their son, according to court documents.

A hearing in district court is set for this Friday.

Harbaugh said he has discussed the legal situation with the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher.

"He came up an explained it to me, thoroughly, his perspective on it," Harbaugh said in his first comments since the matter became public on Saturday. "I understand the schedule going forward as far as what he has to deal with from a personal standpoint.

"We worked it out as far as the way it will affect his personal responsibilities here with the Ravens. That's where we're at with it. The rest of it, he's going to deal with that from a personal perspective."

CRITICAL: Wide receiver Derrick Mason is sick and tired of not getting the benefit of pass interference calls being assessed to opposing defensive backs.

And he suggested that the Ravens aren't receiving fair treatment from the officials.

"Man, listen here, pass interference. I think I need to just stop complaining about that because it's obvious," Mason said. "The NFL, [vice president of officiating] Mike Pereira, you need to really see about what's going on in that back end. [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell, you can fine me if you want to, but it's getting ridiculous with the amount of calls.

"Every time they always come up with a lame excuse like. I can't get frustrated in a situation like that. I've got to move on and go to the next play. But I think when you've seen it done more than it should be done, then you get a little bit frustrated. In that situation, I just have to keep my composure."

Mason drew an offensive pass interference penalty for pushing aside Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. Then, he compounded the problem by being flagged another 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for arguing with an official.

"Well, I was trying to explain to them, on that particular play, that I have a right to the ball just as much as Woodson has it, and he had his back turned to me," Mason said. "So obviously, he wasn't looking to get the ball. He was looking to not allow me to catch the ball. As a receiver, they're taught that you have a right to the ball just as well as the defensive back has a right to the ball.

"I guess he felt it was Charles Woodson, and he can throw the flag and call offensive pass interference. If that's that case, you've got to call it both ways. Their team is doing it to our guys. You've got to call it, but we never get it done. It is what it is, and you move on."

In an e-mail, league spokesman Greg Aiello indicated that Mason won't be fined for his remarks.

INJURY UPDATE: Free safety Ed Reed is a question mark for Sunday after a magnetic resonance imaging exam determined that he has a strained hip.

Reed wasn't able to practice. He was an unexpected late deactivation Monday night, missing his first start in 64 games.

"We thought we'd have Ed, it was one of those things where we couldn't see him move around all week so we didn't know," Harbaugh said. "I felt like we'd have him, but when he got out there it was clear that he couldn't go.

"There's a strain in there. It's just a matter of how well it heals. He's going to fight like crazy to be out there and go this week. We'll just have to see."

Several other players didn't practice, including wide receiver Mark Clayton (right hamstring), tight end L.J. Smith (ankle), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (foot), offensive lineman David Hale (concussion) and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (left shoulder).

"It's pretty stiff and sore, I'm taking it a day at a time," Clayton said. "It might be a game-time decision. I'm going to try to see what it can do. It's a tweak, but there's some soreness. It's not as bad as the one from this summer. It's feeling better."

Kicker Billy Cundiff said he plans to play on Sunday. He was limited in practice. "I should be able to play," Cundiff said. "I don't foresee it giving me any problems."

Cundiff, saying he was following team protocol, didn't elaborate on the concussion which was caused by him getting kneed in the head by linebacker Jameel McClain.

"He got pushed in the back and he hit my head," Cundiff said.

"It was tough," Harbaugh said. "He had a mild concussion. They have a much more stringent protocol now as far as whether a guy can play or not, so they adhered to that protocol and they felt like in his position he could play with a mild concussion. 

"I think it did affect his ability to kick the ball.  It's pretty precise.  Obviously, he couldn't kick off very well.  We were going to have to get field goals down very close, if we had to do that."

Quarterback Joe Flacco (knee, hip) and defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (left shoulder stinger) participated fully in practice. Gregg isn't listed on the injury report.

"Nothing major," Gregg said. "I'll be out there Sunday, you bet."

CULPEPPER STARTING: The Lions announced that veteran Daunte Culpepper will start because of rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford's shoulder injury.

Culpepper has completed 56.9 percent of his passes for 433 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions this season, starting twice. "They're significantly different," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters. "Daunte obviously has more experience. He's been around the league a lot more. He's used his legs a lot more over the course of his career.

"I think the one thing they both have in common is that both guys can wake up at about 3 o'clock in the morning and can throw a perfect spiral, and that's something they're both gifted with. They both get it done a little differently."

NO FINE FOR HARBAUGH: The Ravens won't be fined after Jim Harbaugh, Harbaugh's brother, went on the field Monday to argue with how the officials mishandled the resetting of the play clock during the last two minutes, according to a league spokesman.

"Yeah, we've got to get coach Harbaugh under control, but it's the other one, right?" Harbaugh said. "One time I turned around and we were having the debate about the two-minute time management situation out there, that the officials handled in a certain way, and I look back there and there's Jim there screaming at the official.

"I was like, 'You can't be out here. Back up.' Have we heard from the league on that yet? We expect to hear from the league on that." Harbaugh was asked why his brother, the Stanford coach, and his father, former college football coach Jack Harbaugh, are on the sidelines during games when they're not on the coaching staff.

"Because I want them there," he said. "They're coaches. And over the course of time, if you go back to the championship game and the run we had last year, the Dallas game down there,– every now and then, I'll go back and say, ‘What did you think?'

"Jim has grabbed [offensive coordinator] Cam [Cameron] on a thing here and there and my dad's grabbed me on a thing or two here and there. So, it's a good thing."

SPEEDY RECOVERY: Injured cornerback Fabian Washington was in the locker room Wednesday, getting around on crutches following his surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament last week.

"It's the nature of the beast, people get injured," he said. "I'm hoping to be back to myself in about six months."

Washington said he had a great surgery with no further damage revealed beyond the ACL tear. He praised rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb, who replaced him in the starting lineup.

"I think Lardarius is going to be a superstar in this league," Washington said. Washington is in the final year of his contract, and hopes to return next season.

"Just worried about my knee right now," he said. "We'll deal with next year during the offseason. This is my home. I definitely hope to be back here next year."

QUICK HITS: Running back Ray Rice reiterated his apology for his critical remarks about Lambeau Stadium and the Green Bay area. "What I said was out of frustration," he said. "Just to put it out there, I have nothing against Green Bay. Actually, I was very apologetic to them. But it's hard after a tough loss, emotionally. I can't judge their city, I'm not from there. Being I'm from New York, and I see a lot of different things, that was a different experience for me, and a little emotional after the loss. On my behalf, that will probably never happen again. Live and learn." … Thirteen Lions players didn't practice or were limited, including Stafford (shoulder) and tight end Casey FitzSimmons (concussion) not practicing. Seven Detroit starters were limited, including: free safety Louis Delmas (ankle), linebacker Ernie Sims (hamstring), defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee), defensive end Dewayne White (toe), cornerback Will James (neck), offensive tackle Daniel Loper (back) and punter Nick Harris (left knee). … Running back Willis McGahee said that he decided to bounce outside toward his left when he was tackled by Woodson for a two-yard loss on first-and-goal against the Packers. There was penetration on right offensive guard Marshal Yanda on the play. "I tried to make something happen," he said. "Woodson is a Pro Bowler and he made a great play." … The Ravens announced that the Lions returned approximately 250 tickets and are now available for purchase.

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