Ravens Lose Tackle Terry for the Season; Clayton for a Few Weeks

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Terry, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in the offseason, is still deal with lingering problems with the knee, and the club is leaning toward shelving the fifth-year offensive tackle for the entire 2009 season.

“It just looks right now that he’s got some new issues with the knee from a healing perspective,” coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday after the team’s morning practice at McDaniel College in Westminster. “So he’s going to have to undergo some more procedures to get that thing right. So it looks like he’s going to be out for the year.”

Harbaugh later told the team’s Web site that Terry might have to undergo microfracture surgery, the same type of procedure defensive tackle Kelly Gregg had last year. Harbaugh, who speaks in the morning, was not available for further comment after Tuesday’s afternoon session.

Terry, a second-round selection in 2005 who made seven starts at right tackle last season, was expected to challenge first-round pick Michael Oher as the starter at that position. Instead, it looks as if Oniel Cousins, Joe Reitz and maybe even guard Marshal Yanda could compete for the starting right tackle job.

Well, that was quick. Terry had been having issues and it looks as if he’s done for the year. The Ravens seem to have plenty of depth at the position and the backup job could go to Oniel Cousins who also plays with a bit of a nasty streak too.

Meanwhile, Clayton, who has not practiced since tweaking his left hamstring during a Sunday morning session, said he might be out for a couple of weeks.

“I’d like to be back [Wednesday],” the wide receiver said after missing his third consecutive practice. “Realistically, I don’t know. A couple weeks, I don’t know. As it goes.”

Clayton, who caught 41 passes for 695 yards and three touchdowns last season, injured the same hamstring three times in the first 16 months of his NFL career. But he emphasized that the hamstring is not torn.

“It’s sensitive,” he said. “I’m taking it day by day.”

Not exactly what I wanted to hear from a guy who has had a history of hamstring problems before. This really needs to be a season where either he or Demetrius Williams steps forward to become another viable threat for the offense.R

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