Stallworth joins Ravens’ peculiar injury list

The collision that gave Baltimore Ravens receiver Mark Clayton a
mild concussion and a stiff neck is typical of any NFL game, even
in the preseason.

A helmet-to-helmet hit from New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle
left Clayton dazed and forced him out of Saturday night’s 24-10
victory. Although he was still sore Monday, Clayton expects to be
fine for the Sept. 13 opener against the New York Jets.

Rolle received a penalty on the play, but Clayton held no
grudge.

”It’s football,” he said. ”Stuff like that happens.”

Three other Ravens will miss substantial time this season
because of injuries of a different nature. Linebacker Sergio Kindle
fell down two flights of stairs before training camp, cornerback
Domonique Foxworth tore up his knee during a pre-camp drill and
wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth broke his foot Saturday night
running a pass pattern.

And so, with the Jets game only two weeks away, coach John
Harbaugh is down a linebacker and scrambling to fill out the depth
chart at wide receiver and cornerback.

Kindle, Baltimore’s top draft pick, remains hospitalized with a
fractured skull. The former University of Texas star was one week
removed from reporting to his first NFL training camp when he took
a spill in an unfamiliar house.

Harbaugh said Monday that Kindle will travel from Texas to
Baltimore next week and check into a hospital to be evaluated. His
availability this season remains uncertain.

At least Kindle still has a shot at playing in 2010. Foxworth is
out for the year after tearing the ACL in his right knee during an
orientation practice the day before training camp.

The rash of peculiar injuries continued Saturday night, when
Stallworth broke his left foot sprinting downfield on a fly
pattern. He will have surgery this week and miss two months.

Harbaugh said Stallworth ”made a move outside to get around the
corner, planted on his foot and just felt a pop.”

Signed as a free agent in February, Stallworth was supposed to
join fellow newcomer Anquan Boldin in bringing consistency and
speed to Baltimore’s lackluster passing game. Although Stallworth
was running with the second team, his presence will be missed.

”It’s a shame. He’s been coming out here and doing a great job
for us,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. ”He’s been a big addition
for us, and we’ve been excited about it.”

Boldin said, ”It’s a big blow. He’s definitely a guy that can
help his team out, especially with his speed stretching out the
defense.”

Baltimore’s injury list also includes right tackle Jared
Gaither, who hasn’t practiced in nearly a month because of a bad
back. Safety Ed Reed hasn’t played a down in the preseason while he
recovers from hip surgery, and cornerback Fabian Washington missed
Monday’s practice with bruised ribs.

”I do feel good about the fact that haven’t had any major
injuries in any kind of practice situation. That’s a big plus,”
Harbaugh said. ”Our players do a really good job of taking care of
one another throughout practice.”

The Ravens on Monday placed center Daniel Sanders and safety
Marcus Paschal on injured reserve and cut cornerback Doug
Dutch.