FRIDAY MEDIA AVAILABILITY: WEEK 14 at Chiefs
Head Coach John Harbaugh
Opening statement:"OK, good to see everybody. Just [came] in; it's cold out there. Not that cold, though, not as cold as it was the last two days. So, we had good practices, and we're looking forward to Sunday. What do you have?"
Is QB Joe Flacco cleared to play? (Aaron Kasinitz) "I'll find out. The doctors haven't cleared him for the game yet, but he was full participation today. It was really, basically, almost full [participation] yesterday. I probably would've made him [a] full [participant]. So, we'll just have to see where we're at."
Is there a scenario where he can be a backup Sunday? _(Jeff Zrebiec) _"Yes, there's a scenario for that. Sure."
How did G/T James Hurst do with his second week back at practice. How are you feeling about his chances?_ (Luke Jones)_ "He did well. I think he looks good, has a legit chance to go and play. I'd be surprised if he wasn't ready. Barring a setback, he should be ready to go."
We saw CB Marlon Humphrey come out, and it looked like he was moving pretty well. Did he look like he was moving pretty well to you? _(Childs Walker) _"Yes, he did. He looked like he was moving well. I expect Marlon to play.
"That's all you guys want on Friday, right? It's all you need, huh?" (laughter) (Reporter: "We hit the injuries.") (Reporter: "We need more. What do you want to give us?")
(Harbaugh) "I don't have much. I just want to go play the game. You get to the point now … There's really not much to talk about, is there? I think that's kind of reflected in the questions. It's December football. It's time to go play, find out what you've got, see who you are."
Is there any specifics of what you saw out of QB Joe Flacco? I know you said he was ramping up this week? (Jamison Hensley) "He threw, he handed off. I mean, what more do you want me to say? He played quarterback. He looked good. He looked like he always looks. It didn't look like there were any ill-effects from the hip or anything like that. I think we did the right things. It looks to me like – my amateur eye – it looks like it was the right thing. It looks like it was the right thing to give him the rest. We'll see what the docs say."
As far as you're concerned with that quarterback, do you have a decision to make there as to who starts? Is that still up in the air for you? (Jeff Zrebiec) "Like I said, I'm not getting into all that. We could've ended the interview five minutes ago, but I appreciate you asking the question. It's a good way to ask it, too. But, I'm just going to stick with the thing. It's not something that we're even going to have to talk about. I'm not trying to be coy or clever or anything like that. It's just … We're rolling, we're going to play the games. We don't feel like we owe any explanations to anybody or anything like that. We're just going to put our best team out there and try to go play some football."
Does QB Lamar Jackson seem more open to give his opinion when game-planning now that he's been in the lineup for a bit? (Aaron Kasinitz) "I don't know. I'm not part of that, really, as much in those quarterback meetings. I don't think he has any hesitation about that. That's not something that I've heard at all that he has any issues. He's just trying to get ready to play and execute the gameplan and be the best he can be. I wouldn't make too much out of it than that."
Ed Block Courage Award Presentation
Paul Mittermeier, Director of Communications for the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation
"I just want to announce, our 41st event this year is at the Renaissance downtown at the Inner Harbor. We've had about half of our recipients in so far. We'll present to Marshal [Yanda] in a second. Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants, Julius Peppers from the Carolina Panthers and Carson Wentz from the Eagles are just some of the other recipients that we're going to have. If you have any questions for me, let me know. We're going to again do the visits when the guys come in to Baltimore. We go and do an outreach down in Baltimore City with the inner-city kids on Friday, and then they'll also visit the kids at St. Vincent's, the Ravens' Courage house, on Saturday as part of their visit here to Baltimore. It's the most important thing that we do other than honoring the guys with their awards. Again, this is the only award, still, in the NFL that is exclusively voted for by their teammates, and that's what the vote is. Whoever the team picks as their recipient is who we honor.
"I'll turn that to the Baltimore Ravens. Usually – not usually, but a lot of times – injuries are a factor in choosing a recipient, but Marshal – forget about the injury – he epitomizes everything there is about a teammate, about a way to do things, and about a way to handle yourself, not only back in Iowa but also here in Baltimore with community, and he epitomizes all of that. So, Marshal, congratulations on being the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award for 2018!"
G Marshal Yanda
Opening statement:"Thank you. I'm very grateful. It's an award that's voted on by your teammates, and it's one of those things where you fight your tail off to get back and come back healthy and play, and just like I said, I'm very grateful to be back this year and being out there on the grass. Like I said, the guys voted me in, and I'm very grateful."On the significance of his teammates recognizing the work he put in to get healthy:"It's awesome. It's a good thing. You want your hard work … We're all fighting together as a team. The more years that you're in the NFL, you want guys to look up to you. You want to do things the right way every single day, and you want to be a role model for the young guys, because when I was a young player, there were role models for me, guys that did it the right way every single day, and I never forgot that. As I matured as a player, I wanted to be one of those guys that you could look up to, you could ask questions to, you can lean on, your older veteran guys, the core leaders of our team. So, always as a younger player, I just wanted to be one of those guys."
On if 2018 has been particularly joyful for him coming back from injury:"For sure, yes. I'm definitely living in the moment. I'm living one day at a time, one game at a time. It's in the back of my mind that this game can be taken away from you in one play, so I take care of the day, take care of the week. But yes, I'm very grateful and happy to be a part of it again, just because we all understand football is a contact sport and the injuries and all of that. But, I'm definitely … I'm relishing this time right now, because I understand it's a young man's game, and I'm an old man, but I still love competing out there. I still love the camaraderie, and I just love this game. I feel fortunate to come back and still be able to play."
On how much more difficult it is to rehab from injury when he is more advanced in his football career:"It's just more important. You just have to attack it even harder every single day, just because on our injuries, when you get hurt as a football player, you can't come back at 85-percent or 90-percent. You have to come back at 95-percent-plus. So, [it's about] just attacking your rehab every single day. But, I still had that love of the game. That burning desire to play this fall was stuck with me the entire time. Like I said, I had my surgery on my leg, and Steve Smith Sr. came to see me down in the hospital down in Charlotte, and he was like, 'It's a little man crawling inside you,' and I definitely didn't have that at all. I definitely just had that burning desire to come back and play, and I knew for sure that I wanted to come back this year and play. So, that fueled me during my rehab to come back to be able to play." (Reporter: "So you had your surgery with Dr. Anderson? He's the one that did the surgery?")"Yes, Anderson, on my ankle." (Reporter: "This was right after Week 2 [in 2017], right?")"Yes. We waited a couple weeks for the swelling to go down, but yes."