Kindle’s shoulder stinger headlines mild list of new injuries for Ravens

August 18, 2012 | Luke Jones

Unlike the preseason opener in which they suffered a season-ending injury and another multi-week one, Friday’s preseason game left the Ravens without any apparent long-term health concerns.

Linebacker Sergio Kindle suffered a shoulder stinger in the second half of the 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions and didn’t return to action. However, the 2010 second-round pick did not believe the injury to be serious following the game.

In addition to Kindle’s injury, coach John Harbaugh reported after the game that fullback Vonta Leach and wide receiver LaQuan Williams suffered mild ankle sprains while reserve linebacker Ricky Brown had a hip contusion. None of those injuries are believed to be legitimate concerns moving forward.

Players with preexisting injury concerns such as cornerback Jimmy Smith, linebacker Courtney Upshaw, and running back Bernard Pierce played without any concerns moving forward, according to the head coach.

“The guys that had the issues injury-wise [who played in the game] got through well,” Harbaugh said. “So, that’s good news, and we’ll just move on from there.”

Wide receiver Torrey Smith was listed as active but did not suit up to play as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle suffered in the preseason opener in Atlanta. The Maryland product practiced on very limited basis on Sunday and Monday before sitting out the final two practices of the week leading up to the game with the Lions.

Labeled as just a “nick” last weekend, Smith’s ankle was only the third-most serious injury sustained against Atlanta as defensive lineman Ryan McBean suffered a season-ending ankle fracture while tight end Ed Dickson sprained his shoulder, which will likely keep him sidelined for the rest of the preseason.

Offensive lineman Jah Reid was listed as inactive as the second-year tackle reportedly suffered another setback with the calf injury that’s hampered him since the final day of mandatory minicamp in June. He was removed from the physically unable to perform list this week after returning to the practice field.

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