Mason Has No Swelling, Carr Returns

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After being plagued by injuries over the past week, the Ravens are finally starting to see some sunlight.

The most recent scare involved veteran wide receiverDerrick Mason, who sprained his ankle during practice Tuesday.

Mason did not participate in Wednesday morning's practice, but came out on the field and spoke to reporters afterwards.

He said he expects to return "sooner rather than later."

"I'm happy how my ankle has responded," Mason said. "I thought it was worse than when it actually happened. But it settled down."

Mason had his right ankle taped and said there's no swelling. He said there's only a small amount of pain and mostly just stiffness.

CARR RETURNS
After missing two days of practice with a sore back, cornerback Chris Carr returned to the field Wednesday morning.

Carr played on the first-team defense along with Fabian Washington and looked solid once again. Carr was one of the standouts in the secondary through the first few days of practice.

Veteran Walt Harris was also on the field once again as Baltimore's secondary is starting to come together in the wake of Domonique Foxworth's season-ending knee injury.

BIRK NEARING PRACTICE

Ravens center Matt Birk is going to see the doctor today, but said he feels good and is "very close" to returning to practice, according to Head CoachJohn Harbaugh.

"I think he's getting antsy," Harbaugh said. "He had a lot of things taken out of his elbow and says he feels a lot better. So I think we'll see him in very soon."

For a player that hasn't missed a game over the past four seasons, sitting on the physically unable to perform list feels awkward for Birk.

"For one thing, I know I'm not ready to go into coaching," Birk jokes. "It gets pretty boring standing out there."

REED IS 'PROGRESSING'

When Ed Reed is ready to practice or play is still a mystery, but Harbaugh said the Ravens safety is "progressing."

Reed has been working out at Ravens training camp and has done weight training on the field after practice. He also spoke to the entire defense at length on Tuesday, Harbaugh said.

"His status is the same," Harbaugh said. "I like what I see; I see him working. I think he's excited."

MOLL SUFFERED CONCUSSION

The return date of Tony Moll is still unknown, but after the tackle sat out his sixth straight practice Wednesday morning, Harbaugh revealed that Moll suffered a concussion.

"The symptoms have to clear up and we have to be very careful with that," Harbaugh said.

Moll played in five games with the Ravens last season after being acquired from the Packers late in the preseason. He is listed as the No. 2 right tackle behind Jared Gaither on the **Ravens' first depth

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