Redding still slowed by concussion; Kruger ready

Five days after suffering a concussion in the Ravens’ win over the Browns, defensive end Cory Redding is still experiencing post-concussion symptoms, and has yet to be medically cleared by team trainers.

“We’re still talking, still discussing,” Redding said today. “We’re taking it day by day, how my symptoms are reacting. We’re letting the brain rest and it’ll be a game-day decision.”

Redding said he has taken the baseline test, which compares a player’s brain functioning after a concussion to a test taken when that player is healthy.

“I took everything, I did everything the doctors wanted me to do,” Redding said. “It showed I did some good things and did some things that are still off. It showed what the tests should show. I’m at the pace of the doctors and at the pace of my brain.

“I need to let my brain take its course. If it’s right, I’ll be on the field come Sunday. If it’s not, I’ve got to be smart.”

The eight-year veteran was listed as participating in a limited fashion in yesterday’s practice, but he did not practice today.

“I take it seriously,” Redding said. “It’s something you don’t play around with, with all the recent studies that have gone on. You have to be smart and take this thing seriously.”

With Redding going through his injury and Trevor Pryce leaving to join the Jets, Paul Kruger looks to be the Ravens’ next man up at defensive end. Head coach John Harbaugh said today that Kruger looked good in practice this week, and the second-year man out of Utah sounded pleased with his progress as well.

“Another week of practice,” Kruger said. “I got a lot more reps this week, so that’s always nice.”

Kruger said he’s been getting some reps with the first-team this week, and has been working at defensive end and on the inside as well. It seems likely that he’ll start at D-end on Sunday against the Steelers.

“It’s been pretty consistent this year, I just got more reps this week,” Kruger said. “So, we’ll see what happens.”

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