Hurricane Sandy is having an effect on everyone, including the NFL. Because of the weather, the league’s trade deadline has been pushed back from Tuesday to Thursday.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters during a conference call Monday - held in place of the regular press availability at the Under Armour Performance Center, yes, because of the weather - that football administration manager Jess Markinson is glad the deadline was pushed back.
“She won’t have to be dodging any power lines if we decide to make a move to get the move in. So she’s happy, I know that,” Harbaugh said. “But as far as any move we might make, I don’t know. I’m not sure.”
The Ravens had their work mildly altered by the weather, but didn’t call off practice altogether. The team practiced indoors Monday instead of outdoors in preparation for playing in an open stadium at Cleveland on Sunday.
The coaches went on with their game planning as normal, but lost a day of outdoor preparation.
“The guys did a great job of getting in. I was really happy about that,” Harbaugh told reporters. “A few guys didn’t make it, but most everybody did. We did our normal plan that we had for today this morning. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for Wednesday. Hopefully we can get started on time and keep our normal schedule. It looks like (the storm) will be dying down Tuesday night, Wednesday morning. The main thing will be power. We have a big generator here. We think we can really get the football stuff in on Wednesday.”
Harbaugh used the example of Terrell Suggs in lauding his players for getting back to Baltimore.
“He was in a situation where all of his flights were getting cancelled, a bunch of flights through different airports,” Harbaugh told reporters. “He ended up getting into Raleigh, and he and his wife drove up from Raleigh, obviously, driving in a rainstorm to get here in time for practice. A lot of guys did a good job of that and thought ahead and moved flights up and stuff, and I was proud of them for that.”
On Friday, the Ravens became the third team to be fined $20,000 for not following the league’s rules about reporting injuries. Safety Ed Reed had been left off the team’s report since Week 2 despite playing through a torn labrum.
Harbaugh expressed last Monday that he didn’t expect the team to be penalized for it.
“I was surprised by it. It was something that we felt like we were doing it the right way, and obviously they disagreed, so we’ll adjust and try to do a better job in the future,” Harbaugh said today. “There is not going to be anybody that is not going to be on there. It’s pretty hard for us to determine who a significant player is and who is not. I don’t know how to do that. That’s one of the ways they write it in there.
“They say a significant player who has not missed any time should be on there. Well, in my mind, all 53 are significant. I think every single guy is significant. I am not about to start saying one guy is more significant than the other.”