Harbaugh comments on physical nature of practice

The Ravens have had a long list of injuries pop up over the course of the last handful of days.

Domonique Foxworth, Jared Gaither, Willis McGahee, Chris Carr, Tony Moll, Stefan Rodgers, K.J. Gerard, Derrick Mason...all have suffered bumps or bruises of some sort since the team started practices on Thursday.


Head coach John Harbaugh admitted that “you always think about” the possibility of guys getting injured during practice, but said that in training camp, you can’t really walk a line between preparing hard for the start of the season and making sure guys stay healthy.

“It’s not a balance with those kinds of injuries,” Harbaugh said. “On one hand, you try to get 100 percent as much done as you possibly can to become as good a football team as you can, on the other hand, you try to go 100 percent as much as you can to try and protect one another in those situations. So there’s no line to walk.”

Some might question whether the intensity and physicality of the Ravens’ practices leads to injuries that could have been prevented if the team’s camp was run at a slower pace.

Harbaugh disagrees with any such notion.

“The fluke injury is the fluke injury, no matter whether you’re running a contact drill or you’re running a non-contact drill,” Harbaugh said. “You can’t come out here and pack these guys in ice. If you do that, you’re not going to have a football team. So I think you try to do both as best you can.”

One example that backs up Harbaugh’s comments is Foxworth’s season-ending knee injury, which he suffered during a low-tempo, non-contact drill on Thursday. Foxworth simply tried to cut, and his knee gave out, resulting in a torn ACL.

Other injuries, however, like Mason’s and McGahee’s, came during live, full-speed drills which feature lots of contact.

“We want to bring our guys through this thing; the goal is to have everybody,” Harbaugh said. “We want to bring everybody through two-a-days if we can. But it’s hard to do that. You look around the league and guys get nicked and tweaked all the time, and sometimes it’s more serious. But it’s very important.”

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