Tyrod Taylor on season opener: "I think I'll be ready"

A day after suffering a left shoulder contusion in the Ravens' preseason finale against the Falcons, rookie quarterback Tyrod Taylor sounded confident that he'll be healthy and able to suit up for the regular season opener next Sunday against Pittsburgh.

"I think I'll be ready, especially with a couple of days off to get treatment," Taylor said. "I'll get healthy and start the week up."

Taylor did not participate in today's practice, and he talked to reporters after the session with the injured left arm in a sling.

The sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech said that he had an MRI done on the shoulder, and while he was awaiting the results from the training staff, he sensed his health has already improved since last night.

"I'm feeling better," Taylor said. There's still some things I need to get treatment on, but I'm feeling better than I did last night.

"I think moreso it's just sore. I'm about to go do some more treatment. I iced it this morning, so the pain should go away easily."

Head coach John Harbaugh said after the game that he didn't think that Taylor's injury was anything serious. He echoed that message today.

"I would say it just confirmed that it doesn't seem to be a real serious thing," Harbaugh said. "I'm sure he has some soreness in there. I think he is going to be OK."

While Taylor missed out on his opportunity to make a final push for the Ravens' backup quarterback job last night, he said he doesn't feel it's necessary for the team to go out and get a veteran to handle that job at the start of the regular season.

"I don't think it is," Taylor said. "It's still the coaches' decision. I think I've done everything I can this preseason to show them that I can be their backup guy. I'm a hard worker and I do whatever I can for my teammates."

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