*THURSDAY PODIUM TRANSCRIPT: Week 16 vs. Colts
Head Coach John Harbaugh & TE Benjamin Watson
Head Coach John Harbaugh
Opening statement:"OK, good to see you guys – appreciate everybody being here. Congratulations to Ben Watson! Tremendous honor – Ed Block Courage Award – it's one of the top awards in the National Football League – overcoming adversity, dealing with the injury part of it and those kinds of things. He's obviously done a tremendous job with the Achilles [recovery], and the way he's playing right now, I think it speaks volumes. And the fact that your peers – the players – vote for that award is quite a telling thing. Congratulations to Ben on that."
I know you're not going to give us details on how's playing and who's not, but are you comfortable with the numbers at receiver? Do you think you might have to make a move there to add another one in case WR Jeremy Maclin can't play? (Jeff Zrebiec) "Well, I think we could add one. It remains to be seen. We have until tomorrow at 4 p.m. to make those kinds of decisions for this game. That'd be part of the conversation, for sure, to do that possibly."
How has WR Jeremy Maclin been progressing this week? We know he hasn't been out there for practice. (Luke Jones)"He's doing OK. I don't know. We just have to talk to him and talk to [head certified athletic trainer] Mark [Smith]. It's kind of day-to-day at this point and time right up until the game, I think, really. It could even be a game-time decision. I'll know more probably by the end of this afternoon through his rehab today – if he's been able to run and things like that. We're just off of practice."
What is your level of concern with T Ronnie Stanley not practicing? (Ed Lee)"No concern; he is just sick. He just came down with something. Matthew Judon had something yesterday; he missed [practice]. It is that time of year. Marty Mornhinweg, he was sick, and he was out there." (Reporter: "Was he limited?") *"He is normally limited in different ways. *(laughter) *I'll mention that to Ronnie, though. Marty sucked it up and got out there." *(laughter)
TE Benjamin Watson
Statement regarding his Ed Block Courage Award honor: "It's an honor to be selected by my teammates. This award, around the league, is one that is held in very high esteem, because it's voted by the players. To win in Baltimore, where Mr. Block was a trainer, humanitarian, and just a legacy left with the city, as well as this organization, it's special to be here in Baltimore and win this award. Thank you, and I look forward to continuing my own humanitarian efforts with all the work that you guys are doing. Thank you."