Ravens safety Dawan Landry is expected to return to action this season after being carted off the field Sunday with what team officials called a spinal cord concussion.
Landry could even play in a matter of weeks, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
The starter was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the crown of his helmet connected with Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis' knee just before halftime of Baltimore's 28-10 victory.
Landry received a CT scan (computed tomography) that revealed his condition was normal.
Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, the team's chief orthopedic surgeon, told Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne that Landry had feeling in his extremities and never lost consciousness.
Additionally, stability tests for Landry came out "normal," and he will have to wear a cervical collar for at least a week.
"They will evaluate him further and then we'll just take it from there are far as when he can come back and play," explained Harbaugh. "He'll be playing in some number of weeks, and it won't be too many weeks."
Harbaugh credited the Ravens' medical staff, led by head trainer Bill Tessendorf, and team doctors for their prompt reaction to this unforeseen situation.
"To watch them work in that kind of a situation, an emergency situation, was really, really impressive for a ball coach," Harbaugh said.
With Landry out, the Ravens will likely start Jim Leonhard next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the Browns' matchup, Leonhard posted one tackle for a loss, one sack and one pass defensed.
While the 2-0 Ravens are happy with their undefeated record and AFC North lead, Landry's status weighed heavy on his teammates' minds.
"It's a moment when nothing else matters but making sure that he's healthy," said safety Ed Reed. "This is just a game to be played, like Ray [Lewis] said, this is a game that we play that we love to play but we know at any point you can have a situation like that.
"For Dawan to have to go through that, our prayers were going out to him right then and there. The game was forgotten about. At that moment [we just want] to make sure his health is fine."
But, the injury also seemed to serve as a catalyst. In the first half, Cleveland gained a 10-7 lead and 142 total net yards. The Browns were shut down in the second, held scoreless as Baltimore grabbed three interceptions – one that was returned for a touchdown – and only netted 27 yards and two first downs.
"They played better after that even than they played before that," Harbaugh said. "But, you know, there's a strong bond down there."
Linebacker Terrell Suggs agreed, saying, "I think it all started with us losing Landry. We lost one of our soldiers because we weren't really playing Ravens defense up front. They were able to do whatever they want, and that's not how we play football, and we end up losing a guy.
"It kind of hit the rest of the 10 guys that were out there."
McGahee Doesn't See Clearly
Running back Willis McGahee suffered a cut on his right eyelid in Sunday's game and was poked in his left eye.
McGahee, who shadowboxed on the field after one critical 10-yard run in the third quarter, now looks like a prize fighter with a puffy eye.
"His eye is really swollen up badly," said Harbaugh. "That was unfortunate; it shouldn't have happened. I'm sure he'll be fine for next week, but he's got some work to do just to get the swelling out of it right now."
In his first live action since coming back from arthroscopic knee surgery in August, McGahee rushed 15 times for 64 yards and one 5-yard touchdown.
Anderson Working In
Recently-signed right tackle Willie Anderson saw action in a few offensive series when the Ravens went to a jumbo or goal line package.
Baltimore would typically designate Adam Terry as the tight end eligible on those plays, with Anderson, 6-foot-5, 340 pounds, and the 6-foot-9, 330-pound Jared Gaither filling the traditional offensive tackle spots.
The Ravens also plan on using him in a more traditional offensive line on Monday Night Football in Pittsburgh.
"He's working in packages," Harbaugh said. "He hadn't played much in the preseason, but he looked pretty good. When you watch him play, he looked like you expect him to look as an offensive lineman. We've got some three-tackle packages we're using. He'll be in there in the two-tackle stuff as well. He's playing well."
Cornerback Samari Rolle had his right shoulder checked out Monday after injuring it on his fourth-quarter interception of quarterback Derek Anderson, but Harbaugh doesn't think it should limit him this week. "Samari's fairly sore," said the coach. "He's got the shoulder right now, but he should be fine."…Punter Sam Koch got some recognition from a solid outing punting away from Pro Bowl returner Joshua Cribbs. Koch had three boots for 146 yards and a long of 59. His 44.0-yard net average on the season is second-best in the NFL to Philadelphia Eagles punter Sav Rocca (44.1). "Sam did a really nice job in the game," Harbaugh stated. "He had, I think, one punt that he might want back, and our coverage guys bailed him out and did a nice job. Then, he put a couple balls right on the sideline – one out of bounds – that bailed our coverage guys out. Those guys are feeding off each other a little bit." Cribbs only returned two punts for 24 total yards.