OWINGS MILLS – The Baltimore Ravens returned to practice Saturday after Thursday night’s 27-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons in their second preseason game of 2013.
Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Thursday night that LB Elvis Dumervil had suffered a “slight” groin injury in the victory, an injury that kept Dumervil out of Saturday’s practice session. Harbaugh reiterated Saturday that Dumervil’s injury “was not a serious deal” but could not commit to when the three time Pro Bowler would return to practice.
The former Broncos pass rusher had declared “I’m fine” after the game when asked about the injury.
WR Deonte Thompson (foot), TE Ed Dickson (hamstring) and DL Marcus Spears (hamstring) all remained out of practice Saturday. TE Dennis Pitta (hip), LB Jameel McClain (back), OL Ryan Jensen (foot) and DL Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee) all remained out and are not expected to return soon.
CB Chris Johnson (undisclosed) returned to practice Saturday after missing Thursday night’s game.
OFFENSE STRUGGLES: The day’s offense/defense 11 on 11 competition ended in a tie 50-50 score, but the offense needed to be picked up by their second team unit.
The first team offense struggled throughout the day, including multiple interceptions thrown by QB Joe Flacco. CB Lardarius Webb got a pick when new TE Dallas Clark cut in and Flacco’s pass went outside near the goal line. This was only Clark’s second practice since joining the team.
LB Josh Bynes and S Michael Huff also collected interceptions of the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
ROOKIE RECEIVERS GET CHANCE: Some younger receivers received snaps with the first team offense Saturday.
Undrafted free agent Marlon Brown received steady snaps with the first team during the day, while fellow rookie Aaron Mellette received some snaps with the first team as well after catching his second touchdown of the preseason Thursday night. Harbaugh was happy with Mellette’s performance, saying after practice “that’s how you make it, that’s how you earn your stripes, you make plays.”
Third year receiver Tandon Doss was active Saturday, making a number of catches in the middle of the field.
CAMP OVER: Saturday’s practiced marked the first after the end of the “Training Camp” portion of the Summer. For the first time since the team reported in July, there were no fans at the Owings Mills facility to watch practice.
The Ravens will practice Sunday afternoon at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium, marking the final “open” practice of 2013. Fans were able to enter a lottery for the chance to win tickets to Sunday’s practice. The Ravens will practice in Owings Mills Monday and Tuesday before Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium.