As injuries mount, Ravens happy to have Brandon Carr, one of NFL’s iron men, on their side – Baltimroe Ravens News

As injuries mount, Ravens happy to have Brandon Carr, one of NFL’s iron men, on their side – Baltimroe Ravens News

The Ravens were doing a special teams drill Friday, a well-received break for many of the veterans during a nearly three-hour practice. For the full 15 minutes, cornerback Brandon Carr kept moving.

Some players took a knee on the sideline. Others matriculated around the Gatorade coolers and immersed themselves in light conversation with teammates. Not involved in the drill, Carr remained off to the side, doing some light jogging, stretching out his legs and working on getting in and out of his breaks.

Carr insists he doesn’t have an explanation for his ability to start 144 consecutive games over his first nine professional seasons, the sixth-longest streak among active NFL players.

“I don’t really have an answer for it,” Carr said. “If I did, I’d probably write a book about it.”

At different points of his career, which started in 2008 with the Kansas City Chiefs as a fifth-round draft pick out of Grand Valley State, continued with the Dallas Cowboys and now has him readying for his first season as a Raven, Carr has attributed his durability to luck, God’s will, mental and physical preparation and an overriding desire to be out there for his teammates.

Ravens safety Eric Weddle has been a teammate of Carr’s for only 4½ months, long enough to see why the cornerback has answered the call for each and every game. Whether it’s a meeting, one of the defensive back drills or a part of practice that doesn’t even involve Carr, the 31-year-old is constantly preparing himself and his body for the grind of an NFL season.

“I love everything about…

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