Ravens WR J. Jones reportedly to miss 4-6 weeks, DT A. Jones cleared for activity

September 07, 2013 | Luke Jones

Ravens WR J. Jones reportedly to miss 4-6 weeks, DT A. Jones cleared for activity

What was already a disappointing 49-27 season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos has proven even more costly for the Ravens as wide receiver Jacoby Jones is likely be sidelined for the next four to six weeks.

According to Pro Football Talk, Jones suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee when rookie safety Brynden Trawick accidentally collided with the return specialist as he tried to field a punt in the second quarter. Jones limped off the field before being taken to the locker room for further examination where he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The injury leaves the Ravens short-handed at wide receiver and in the return game as Jones was expected to play a major part in both areas. Jones caught three passes for 24 yards in the first half and was replaced by cornerback Lardarius Webb on punt returns and running back Bernard Pierce on kickoff returns.

At the end of the preseason, the Ravens waived running back Bobby Rainey, who appeared to be the team’s second-most impressive returner behind Jones. Baltimore had hoped to sign Rainey to its practice squad, but the Cleveland Browns claimed him on waivers. The Ravens also parted ways with wide receivers David Reed and Tandon Doss, who offered some abililty as return options as well.

Jones’ injury will likely create an expanded role for rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown, who was one of the few bright spots offensively against the Broncos. An undrafted free agent from the University of Georgia, Brown caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

The absence of Jones will put a strain on the Ravens’ vertical passing game as defenses normally must respect him and Torrey Smith as deep threats. Jones’ exit from Thursday’s game allowed the Denver defense to bracket coverage on Smith and shade a safety toward him to help take away the big play.

The Ravens could also look to the free-agent market for potential help in both areas. Veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is still available and with Week 1 now behind the Ravens, they may sign a vested veteran without being required to guarantee his contract for the entire season.

Right tackle Michael Oher also left Thursday’s game after spraining his right ankle in the second quarter, but that injury is not believed to be as serious at this time.

In other health-related news, defensive tackle Arthur Jones wrote on his official Twitter account that he received “amazing news” related to his undisclosed illness. According to The Sun, Jones had been dealing with a viral infection but was cleared for activity with no concerns moving forward.

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  1. joe of bel air Says:

    Luke, desperate times call for desperate measures Any chance the Ravens bring Josh Cribbs in for a look see. I know he was cut by Oakland. Did anybody pick him up. He may have something left in the tank if he is playing on a contender.

    (L.J. — He’s available, but it doesn’t speak well for him having anything left when even the Raiders don’t want you.)

  2. Chuck Says:

    Luke,

    You’re generally very good at your job and should be commended for your work. But please don’t fall into the trap of the ignorant so widely promoted by local members of the media by making stupid generalities. Just because someone was released by Oakland, Cleveland (insert others here) doesn’t necessarily mean anything. These decisions are much more nuanced than the simple reactionary responses so often blindly promoted.

    If being cut by Oakland was a predicate for concluding that a player’s career is over then where were the objections when Huff signed with the Ravens.

    I, for one, expect greater analysis from someone like you.

    Thanks.

    (L.J. — Chuck, I never said the guy was finished, but you can’t tell me it’s an encouraging sign that he has much left in the tank considering he’s unemployed at the moment and the Raiders didn’t want to keep him. It’s very different when a player is cut in the offseason like Huff compared to a guy being sent packing at the end of training camp, which is usually (but not always) based solely on performance. That’s not a stupid generality; it’s being realistic about a guy who hasn’t really stuck out as a great returner since 2009 and has never been an outstanding offensive contributor.)

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