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Notebook: Emanuel Cook’s Season Over

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Plus, Upshaw gets his first sack and Streeter scores his first touchdown.

Cook Breaks Leg

The biggest blow to the Ravens in Thursday’s 48-17 preseason win over Jacksonville was losing safety Emanuel Cook for the season.

Cook suffered a broken leg on a kickoff return where he was in coverage. He planted his foot and another player fell into the side of his leg.

Head Coach John Harbaugh announced after the game that “it’s a season-ending deal,” which means Cook will likely be placed on injured reserve sometime this week.

“He’s had a really good camp and he’s one of our most valuable special teams guys from last year,” Harbaugh said. “That was tough.”

Cook tweeted after the game that he is already at the hospital to undergo surgery.

“Thanks 2 everyone 4 the support! I'm super trippy now n the surgery room!” he wrote. Thinking bout the bounce back! Blessed Just 4 the opportunity!”

Cook, who signed with the Ravens in the middle of last season, had been working as a backup safety behind Ed Reed and a key special teams contributor. With him gone, that could create playing time for a somebody like rookie Christian Thompson.

“I know it’s my time to step up, and I wouldn’t want to let him down or let my other teammates down,” Thompson said.

Considine Suffers Concussion

Fellow backup safety Sean Considine also suffered an injury as he went down with a concussion for the second straight week.

“He had a concussion on top of the one he had last week, which was a minor deal,” Harbaugh said. “This one we will have to look at really hard.”

With Cook done for the season and Considine now out for an unknown amount of time, undrafted rookie Omar Brown may have a better shot at earning a place on the roster. Brown has one tackle in Thursday’s game, but he also has five takeaways so far this preseason.

Graham Suffers A Stinger

The Ravens also had another defensive back go down with an injury, as Corey Graham left the game with a shoulder stinger, Harbaugh said.

Graham was also checked for a concussion, but Harbaugh only reported a stinger after the game. Graham did not return after leaving the field in the second half.

Harbaugh did not provide a timetable for his return.

Upshaw Gets First Sack

Top draft pick Courtney Upshaw got his first sack of the preseason when he brought down Jaguars backup quarterback Chad Henne in the second half.

“It felt good,” Upshaw said. “It’s a great feeling. I felt like I was getting a little pressure and felt like one was coming soon.”

After the sack, Upshaw did a celebration dance, which he said was “a little something for people back home.”

“I was a little tired, so I couldn’t really break it out,” Upshaw said. “A lot of people laughed, but I had to give them something.”

Upshaw’s sack was his lone tackle of the game. The outside linebacker came in after Albert McClellan and got some reps with the first team, but also worked well into the second half.

Streeter Scores First Touchdown

Sixth-round draft pick Tommy Streeter scored his first touchdown of the preseason on a 33-yard reception from quarterback Curtis Painter.

Streeter caught the pass on a slant route and then outran everyone to the end zone.

“I just thank God that I was on the end of that catch,” said Streeter, who had the ball in his bag after the game for a keepsake.

“There was no safety back there, so it was me and the cornerback one-on-one and I ran the slant. As soon as it hit my hands, I looked up and saw there was no safety and I was like, ‘Oh man, they have to catch me.’”

Streeter finished the day with two catches for 40 yards.

Rainey Has Another Impressive Showing

Undrafted rookie running back had another strong showing in Thursday’s game, finishing the game with three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. He also added two carries for seven yards. 

“It’s just a blessing for me to get the opportunity,” Rainey said. “As long as I can continue to get better, I think I’ll be alright.”

Rainey was the second running back to come into the game behind Ray Rice. Rainey is competing with fellow rookie Bernard Pierce, Anthony Allen and Damien Berry for the final two running back spots on the roster. Rainey has impressed during the preseason, but says he isn’t focused on his chances of making the roster.

“I can’t worry about that right now,” he said. “I can only control what I can control and go game-by-game and let the chips fall how they fall.”

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