Harbaugh unclear on status of Oher, J. Jones in short term

September 09, 2013 | Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens coach John Harbaugh met with the media for the first time since his post-game comments in a 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos and painted a foggy picture for the two biggest injuries suffered in the Thursday defeat.

Asked to address the MCL sprain suffered by wide receiver Jacoby Jones that will reportedly keep him sidelined for four to six weeks, Harbaugh did not specify when asked if the Ravens would be looking to get the return specialist back at some point in the month of October. Jones was injured when rookie safety Brynden Trawick accidentally collided with him on a punt return in the second quarter.

“We’ll see how that goes with Jacoby,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got a sprain. I wouldn’t call it a serious type of thing, but we’ll just have to see how it goes. I would say day to day, week to week. We’ll see how fast he can come back.”

Weekend reports indicated right tackle Michael Oher’s prognosis for his right ankle sprain was more favorable than Jones’ injury, but Harbaugh wouldn’t bite on a timetable for Oher being ready to return to action, which leaves his status for Sunday’s meeting with the Cleveland Browns undetermined for now.

The Ravens were forced to use rookie Rick Wagner at right tackle in Oher’s absence against the Broncos, but they could elect to move left guard Kelechi Osemele back to tackle should Oher be sidelined for a game or two. In that scenario, Baltimore would likely insert third-year lineman Jah Reid at left guard.

“The prognosis is the same for Michael Oher [as Jones],” Harbaugh said. “Day to day, week to week.”

Harbaugh confirmed the encouraging news over the weekend of defensive tackle Arthur Jones being cleared to resume football activities following a personal health issue. Jones hasn’t practiced since playing in the team’s third preseason game on Aug. 22.

It remains to be seen how much the reported viral infection impacted his conditioning and readiness to get back on the field.

“It seems to have cleared up,” Harbaugh said. “He should be good and we’ll just have to see how ready he is to play this week. That will be the issue football-wise. We’ll just see how ready he is to play.”

The Ravens are hoping they are moving closer to the returns of both wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot) and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen. Harbaugh said each player could be back on the practice field soon and are not candidates to land on injured reserve.

Jensen was a sixth-round choice in April’s draft and suffered a broken foot in the first week of training camp, leading fans and media to assume he was a likely candidate for season-ending IR in his first NFL season after missing so much practice time in the summer.

“We feel like he’s going to be a player for us sooner rather than later,” Harbaugh said. “That’s why we held on to him on the [53-man roster]. We’ve got high hopes for him this year. He’s getting closer to being back.”

Harbaugh said Jensen has the ability to provide depth at both center and guard.