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Ngata missing from practice for second straight day

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Ngata missing from practice for second straight day

Posted on 10 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was missing from practice for the second straight day as the Ravens continued preparations for the Green Back Packers on Thursday.

Practicing inside with steady rain falling at their Owings Mills facility, the Ravens were without their starting nose tackle again as the 29-year-old continues to recover from a hip issue. There have been no indications that the ailment is serious and no injury was reported in the aftermath of Sunday’s game in Miami, so it will be interesting to see whether the standout defensive lineman is able to log some practice time on Friday to quell concerns surrounding his status against the Packers.

Defensive tackle Terrence Cody (knee) and linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder) were also absent from Thursday’s practice as Cody appears likely to miss his third straight game since being injured in the first quarter of the Ravens’ Week 3 win over the Houston Texans on Sept. 22. McClellan played against Miami despite missing practices all last week and continues to rehab his injured shoulder.

The Ravens saw the return of rookie offensive lineman Ryan Jensen to practice for the first time since he broke his foot during the first week of training camp in late July. The sixth-round pick from Colorado State-Pueblo is regarded as an intriguing prospect at center who could provide good interior line depth, a reason why the Ravens elected to keep him on the 53-man roster all this time.

Wide receivers Jacoby Jones (knee), Marlon Brown (hamstring), and Brandon Stokley (groin) all practiced on Thursday after being limited participants a day earlier. Along with several other teammates, Jones was sporting pink cleats and pink gloves to break them in for Sunday’s game in which the Ravens will celebrate breast cancer awareness in addition to sporting their alternate black jerseys.

Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (back spasms) was practicing for the second straight day and appears to be a good bet to play against Green Bay as long as he doesn’t suffer a setback.

Though he remains on injured reserve with the designation to return later this season, tight end Dennis Pitta played catch with quarterback Joe Flacco during the opening portion of practice and appeared fairly mobile as he did last week while catching balls from the Jugs machine. Flacco joked with his close friend and teammate at one point, asking if he was ready to come back yet.

According to coach John Harbaugh, Pitta has been running on the treadmill and is making great progress, but his return is still considered “a ways away.”

Here is Thursday’s injury report:

BALTIMORE
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DT Terrence Cody (knee), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DT Haloti Ngata (hip)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Marlon Brown (thigh), RB Shaun Draughn (ankle), WR Jacoby Jones (knee), G Kelechi Osemele (back), RB Bernard Pierce (thigh), DT Marcus Spears (knee), WR Brandon Stokley (thigh), C Ryan Jensen (foot), CB Chykie Brown (thigh)

GREEN BAY
OUT: LB Brad Jones (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (thumb), RB James Starks (knee), G/C Greg Van Roten (foot)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring), LB Andy Mulumba (ankle)
LIMITED: DT Ryan Pickett (hand), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring)

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Ravens re-sign WR Stokley, release TE Bajema

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Ravens re-sign WR Stokley, release TE Bajema

Posted on 08 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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As expected after releasing him on the eve of their Week 5 win over the Miami Dolphins, the Ravens re-signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley to their 53-man roster on Tuesday.

Cut to make room for blocking tight end Billy Bajema on Saturday, it had been reported over the weekend that the Ravens planned to retain Stokley’s services after their meeting with the Miami Dolphins. Baltimore ultimately ran 40 times for 133 yards on Sunday and used Bajema for 13 offensive snaps in the 26-23 win.

The Ravens cut Bajema again to make room for Stokley.

Stokley has been dealing with a groin injury that sidelined him for the Ravens’ Week 4 loss in Buffalo and did not practice on Friday of last week before the Ravens made the roster move to re-sign Bajema. Stokley’s exit coupled with injuries to Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown left the Ravens with just three active wide receivers for Sunday’s game at Sun Life Stadium.

“Brandon has a groin-hip flexor issue where he wasn’t ready to play,” Harbaugh said after Sunday’s win in Miami. “We had to find a way to get Billy back up so we could play Billy, and it was a numbers issue. It was all health related.”

Harbaugh was noncommittal on Stokley’s status when asked about the veteran during his Monday press conference, but several reports over the last few days said the Ravens would bring Stokley back at some point this week.

In three games this season, Stokley has nine receptions for 79 yards.

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