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Ravens decline 2016 option for defensive end Chris Canty

Posted on 03 March 2016 by Luke Jones

The Ravens have informed Chris Canty that they will not pick up his option for the 2016 season, making the veteran defensive end a free agent.

Though not unexpected, the move clears $2.15 million from the 2016 salary cap. Canty had spent the last three years with the Ravens, collecting 19 tackles and one sack last season. Calf and pectoral injuries limited the 6-foot-7, 320-pound defensive lineman to just nine games in 2015.

“[I] had a blast in Baltimore,” Canty said in a text message to WNST.net. “Now, it’s on to the next.”

Canty was released last offseason before eventually signing a two-year, $4.65 million contract that was constructed with the second season being a team option. He was reportedly owed a $150,000 roster bonus on March 9.

Canty said late last season that he intended to continue his NFL career after previously contemplating retirement at the end of the 2014 season. A Super Bowl XLVI member of the New York Giants, Canty has played 11 seasons in the NFL after beginning his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

“Chris was a leader for our young defensive line, especially last season,” head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement released by the team. “For three years, he has been a reliable force on the field, in our locker room and in our community. He has been highly-productive as a player, and even better as a leader.”

The Ravens appear to be in good shape at Canty’s 5-technique defensive end position with younger options Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban remaining on the roster.

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Pondering the Ravens’ potential 2016 salary cap cuts

Posted on 12 January 2016 by Luke Jones

The Ravens are facing their most critical offseason of the John Harbaugh era, but revamping a 5-11 team won’t be easy with a salary cap lacking flexibility.

Having entered the offseason with an estimated 2016 commitment of just under $146 million to 47 players, general manager Ozzie Newsome can only hope that the salary cap will rise to the highest reported estimate of $153.4 million, an increase of $10 million from this past season. However, that would still leave little room to sign some of their own free agents, let alone try to make other additions.

The direction of the offseason hinges on Baltimore’s ability to adjust quarterback Joe Flacco’s $28.55 million salary cap figure for the 2016 season, but additional cap-related moves will likely still need to be made. The Ravens may not have an extensive list of high-priority free agents, but standing pat after missing the playoffs in two of the last three seasons won’t sit well with the fan base — or owner Steve Bisciotti.

And after last week’s revelation that Harbaugh doesn’t plan to make any changes to his coaching staff, the Ravens are signaling that the roster was the bigger problem in 2015.

In evaluating cap space and potential cuts, it’s important to remember the rule of 51 as the top 51 cap numbers on the roster count against the salary cap. The savings from any released player is offset in part by an additional player jumping into the top 51 from the bottom of the list. For example, if a released player carrying a $3 million cap number is replaced in the top 51 by another player carrying a $450,000 cap number, the end result is a $2.55 million savings on the salary cap.

Below is a list of veteran candidates to be cut for cap purposes (with the pre-June 1 cap savings noted in parentheses):

CB Kyle Arrington ($1.433 million)
Skinnny: Signed last spring to serve as Baltimore’s No. 3 corner, Arrington struggled and saw his playing time dwindle dramatically until the late-season move of Lardarius Webb to safety. With younger options such as Will Davis and Tray Walker already on the roster and the Ravens mentioning cornerback as a need to address this offseason, Arrington’s roster spot would appear to be in serious jeopardy.

DE Chris Canty ($2.15 million)
Skinny: The 33-year-old is still a useful player when healthy, but injuries and the presence of Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban for the 5-technique spot make it likely that the Ravens will elect to cut Canty this winter. The organization decided to bring the veteran back after terminating his contract a year ago, but you wonder if either side would have interest in doing that again.

S Matt Elam ($1.328 million)
Skinny: The Ravens would still like to salvage some production out of the worst defensive first-round pick in franchise history, but Elam is making enough money now to wonder if it’s worth it. With Will Hill manning the strong safety spot, where does the University of Florida product even fit? Elam would be an expensive backup and special-teams player at a crowded position.

RB Justin Forsett ($2.3 million)
Skinny: The Ravens have three young running backs behind him on the depth chart, but Lorenzo Taliaferro hasn’t been able to stay healthy, Buck Allen had ball-security issues late in the season, and Terrance West wore out his welcome with two other NFL teams in less than two years. Forsett may not be a home-run hitter, but his $3.7 million cap figure is reasonable and Allen didn’t quite show enough for the Ravens to sign off on him being ready to be a No. 1 running back just yet.

S Kendrick Lewis ($933,333)
Skinny: Though Lewis didn’t bring the impact to the free safety position that the Ravens hoped when they signed him last offseason, his release wouldn’t bring much in the way of cap savings. That being said, if the Ravens truly intend to make Webb their starting free safety, cutting Lewis might be a football move more than one related to the salary cap.

OT Eugene Monroe ($2.1 million)
Skinny: This could be the most complicated decision of the offseason as Monroe has started only 16 games since signing a five-year, $37.5 million contract two years ago. Cutting Monroe leaves $6.6 million in dead money on the 2016 cap, and re-signing Kelechi Osemele won’t be an easy task. If Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss or Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley falls into their laps in the first round, the Ravens could wave goodbye to Monroe. Otherwise, they may look to draft a tackle in the second or third round and hold their breath that Monroe bounces back in 2016.

TE Dennis Pitta ($600,000)
Skinny: The veteran tight end said at the end of the season that nothing has changed in terms of his hopes to play again, but things have changed for the Ravens as his 2016 base salary ($5 million) is not guaranteed like it was this past year. There’s always a chance that Pitta agrees to an incentive-laden deal with no guaranteed money to continue with a potential comeback, but he is more likely to be released or to retire. The question will be whether the Ravens want $6.6 million in dead money to be absorbed in 2016 or to give him a post-June 1 designation to push $4.4 million of that to 2017. Either way, Pitta’s exit isn’t going to be of great assistance when it comes to making moves this offseason.

LB Daryl Smith ($2.625 million)
Skinny: The veteran has done a fine job stepping into the position once held by Ray Lewis, but he wore down as 2015 progressed and was being replaced by Zach Orr in nickel situations late in the season. There isn’t an obvious every-down replacement waiting in the wings, but Smith will be 34 and carries a $4.375 million cap figure for 2016. In a perfect world, 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown already would have stepped into the spot next to C.J. Mosley, but we know how that story has played out.

CB Lardarius Webb ($3.5 million)
Skinny: Newsome spoke with conviction at the season-ending press conference about the Ravens moving Webb to free safety, but his $9.5 million cap figure for 2016 would make him one of the most expensive safeties in the league despite his inexperience there. Webb accepted a pay cut a year ago and will likely need to take another one unless the Ravens are that blindly confident in him being a Pro Bowl-caliber safety. The fact that Webb already proclaimed himself to be a safety moving forward probably won’t help his cause in negotiating with the Ravens or on the open market if he’s let go.

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Ravens officially sign Mallett in series of roster moves

Posted on 15 December 2015 by Luke Jones

The Ravens officially signed veteran quarterback Ryan Mallett as part of a series of roster moves on Tuesday.

After reports indicated that Mallett would be signed through the 2016 season, the Ravens made the addition official while also announcing the promotions of running back Terrence Magee and cornerback Jumal Rolle to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. To make roster space, Baltimore waived quarterback Bryn Renner and return specialist and running back Raheem Mostert and officially placed defensive end Chris Canty (pectoral) on injured reserve.

Mallett, 27, worked out for the Ravens earlier this month but was not immediately signed as they’ve been forced to turn to Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen following Joe Flacco’s season-ending left knee injury last month. Most recently with the Houston Texans, Mallett started four games earlier this season before disappointing play and poor dedication led to him being released.

After losing the starting competition with Brian Hoyer, Mallett missed a team meeting and was finally cut in late October after missing the team flight for a game in Miami. The 6-foot-6 quarterback has a strong arm and was selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by the New England Patriots.

With Flacco unlikely to be ready before training camp, the Ravens are interested in having a backup with more upside to work with the starting offense for spring workouts and possibly the start of training camp next year. Reportedly able to earn up to $2.5 million in 2016, Mallett will need to prove his commitment to maximize his earnings and remain in Baltimore.

In 13 career games (six starts), the Arkansas product has completed 120 of 226 passes for 1,187 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

While the undrafted rookie Magee has bounced back and forth between the practice squad and active roster throughout the season, Rolle represents an interesting option at the cornerback position. At 6-foot and 188 pounds, Rolle appeared in 18 games for the Texans over the last two years and intercepted three passes in 10 games last season.

With head coach John Harbaugh revealing Monday that veteran Lardarius Webb would play in the nickel and at safety for the rest of the season, Rolle and fourth-round rookie cornerback Tray Walker should see some opportunities playing on the outside over the Ravens’ final three games. Second-year safety Terrence Brooks is also expected to be more involved in the secondary.

Baltimore also announced that offensive lineman Marcel Jones was re-signed to the practice squad.

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Canty becomes latest Ravens player going to injured reserve

Posted on 14 December 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Veteran defensive end Chris Canty will become the latest Ravens player to land on injured reserve after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday’s loss to Seattle.

Canty underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam before head coach John Harbaugh announced the news at his Monday press conference. The 33-year-old missed four games earlier this season with a calf injury and had collected 19 tackles and one sack in nine games.

After being cut early in the offseason, Canty was re-signed to a two-year, $4.65 million contract in mid-March. After trading five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Detroit Lions, the Ravens believed Canty’s experience and leadership would help a young defensive line entering 2015.

“I’m so glad that we were able to bring Chris Canty back this year,” Harbaugh said. “He’s played really great football, but more than that, he’s been a tremendous leader. He’s been a stand-up guy. He’s led the way with a bunch of young guys on defense, especially with the young front-seven guys. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Chris Canty and what he’s done for us this year.”

Though under contract for another season, Canty carries a $2.915 million salary cap figure for 2016, meaning the Ravens could part ways with the 11th-year veteran to save $2.15 million in cap space. The University of Virginia product recently told WNST.net that he wants to continue playing next season despite pondering retirement at the end of last season.

With fifth-year defensive end Lawrence Guy playing effectively in three starts earlier this season and 2014 fourth-round pick Brent Urban finally healthy, the Ravens would appear to be in good shape at the 5-technique defensive end position if they decide to release Canty this winter.

When the Canty roster move becomes official, the Ravens will have 18 players on IR, which does not include tight end Dennis Pitta spending the entire year on the reserve physically unable to perform list.

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Ravens make roster moves hours before Monday night game

Posted on 30 November 2015 by Luke Jones

The Ravens made changes to their 53-man roster hours before their Monday night game in Cleveland.

Offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson and wide receiver Daniel Brown were promoted to the 53-man roster while wide receiver Chuck Jacobs was cut and tight end Chase Ford (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve on Monday morning.

With starting left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) and starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) both listed as doubtful on the final injury report, the Ravens were facing the prospects of having just six healthy offensive linemen for Monday’s game against the Browns. A Rutgers product signed as a rookie free agent in the spring, Johnson played well in the preseason and had spent the entire season on the Ravens’ practice squad.

The 6-foor-4, 316-pound guard was set to serve as the primary interior line backup in his first game on the active roster.

Meanwhile, Brown was a bit of a preseason standout who caught second-half touchdown passes against Philadelphia and Atlanta. Entering training camp, the 6-foot-5 James Madison product was considered an intriguing developmental project and had spent a sizable portion of the regular season on the practice squad.

Jacobs had been signed to the practice squad on Nov. 4 and had been promoted to the 53-man roster last week, but he did not appear in a game for the Ravens.

With rookie tight end Nick Boyle missing last week’s game with a foot injury, the Ravens had signed Ford as extra depth earlier in the month, but he was added to the injury report on Friday with a shoulder injury.

The Ravens now have 17 players on IR before hitting the month of December, and that doesn’t include veteran tight end Dennis Pitta, who has spent the entire 2015 season on the physically unable to perform list.

Schaub on verge of being paid

Though the Ravens never envisioned Matt Schaub playing when they signed him in March, the 34-year-old is set to make an additional $1 million if he plays 10 percent of Baltimore’s snaps, something that now looks like a formality with starter Joe Flacco out for the season.

It’s difficult envisioning Schaub having too much success with the depleted offense around him, but the playing time he’s now on track to receive will eat up $1 million of Baltimore’s 2016 salary cap since bonuses and incentives aren’t applied until the following season. Schaub is also being paid a $2 million base salary for the 2015 season.

The Ravens probably wouldn’t be too disappointed if Schaub is unable to lead them to many wins down the stretch — it would help their 2016 draft positioning, after all — but they’d like to see him show enough to feel confident in re-signing him as a backup who could step in for Flacco during spring organized team activities and training camp if the franchise quarterback isn’t fully recovered from his knee injury.

Canty in ominous position in locker room

The Baltimore locker room in Owings Mills holds a 2015 injury “graveyard” as the lockers of Terrell Suggs, Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, and Justin Forsett are next to each other. Not only are those four individuals out for the year, but they’ve been placed on IR in the order of their lockers from right to left, beginning with Suggs in mid-September and continuing most recently with Forsett last week.

So, who lockers to the left of Forsett?

It’s defensive end Chris Canty, who has noticed the same trend. The 33-year-old missed four games earlier this season with a calf injury.

“Don’t you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby,” said Canty, quoting the late Michael Clarke Duncan’s character in the comedy Talladega Nights. “I see where you’re going with that, and I’m going to stay prayed up.”

Next up

In Week 13, the Ravens travel to Miami to take on the disappointing Dolphins, who suffered an abysmal 38-20 loss to the New York Jets in Week 12.

Having already parted ways with head coach Joe Philbin in early October, Miami fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and promoted quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor to the position on Monday. Entering the season expecting to compete for a playoff spot, the Dolphins are in last place in the AFC East with a 4-7 record.

The Dolphins ran the ball just nine times against the Jets while quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw 58 passes and was sacked three times in Sunday’s loss.

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Rookie tight end Boyle only real injury concern for Ravens

Posted on 19 November 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Rookie tight end Nick Boyle was the only player missing from Thursday’s practice due to health reasons as the Ravens moved closer to their Week 11 meeting with St. Louis.

The fifth-round pick continues to wear a walking boot on his left foot after missing his second straight practice. Baltimore signed tight end Chase Ford off the Minnesota practice squad earlier this week, which would appear to indicate that Boyle is in danger of missing his first game of the season.

Baltimore welcomed left guard Kelechi Osemele and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil back to practice after both sat out with knee ailments on Wednesday. Osemele and Dumervil were both listed as full participants, leaving little doubt about their availability for Sunday’s game.

Linebacker Daryl Smith and defensive end Chris Canty both received veteran days off as they regularly do on Thursdays.

For St. Louis, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn was again listed as a non-participant with a hip issue while starting right tackle Rob Havenstein continues to deal with a calf injury. The Rams did not practice on Thursday, meaning their injury report was only an estimation if they had.

Below is Thursday’s full injury report:

BALTIMORE
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Nick Boyle (foot), DE Chris Canty (non-injury), LB Elvis Dumervil (non-injury)
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Elvis Dumervil (knee), G Kelechi Osemele (knee)

ST. LOUIS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: OT Rob Havenstein (calf), DE Robert Quinn (hip)
FULL PARTICIPATION: C Tim Barnes (concussion), DE Chris Long (knee)

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Webb, Lewis questionable for Monday night

Posted on 24 October 2015 by Luke Jones

The Ravens listed cornerback Lardarius Webb and free safety Kendrick Lewis as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Webb was a limited participant in practices all week after missing last Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Lewis practiced on Saturday after he had been sidelined all week due to a knee injury suffered against San Francisco.

Needless to say, the league’s 27th-ranked pass defense needs all the help it can get in terms of health as Arizona ranks seventh in the NFL in passing offense. Should Lewis not be able to play, the Ravens would likely turn to the combination of special-teams players Anthony Levine and Brynden Trawick to handle the starting spot next to Will Hill in the secondary.

The Ravens officially ruled out safety Terrence Brooks (thumb), tight end Maxx Williams (knee/ankle), and wide receiver Breshad Perriman for Monday night.

Despite missing Friday’s practice with the calf injury that has already cost him four games, defensive end Chris Canty is probable for Monday’s game after participating fully in Saturday’s practice.

The most notable development on Arizona’s injury report was the status of second-year wide receiver John Brown, who is questionable with a lingering hamstring issue. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians expressed optimism about Brown’s availability for Monday night, but the speedy wideout is considered a game-time decision after suffering a setback earlier in the week that kept him out of Friday’s practice. Brown practiced on a limited basis on Saturday.

Below is the final injury report of the week:

BALTIMORE
OUT: S Terrence Brooks (thumb), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), TE Maxx Williams (knee, ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Asa Jackson (thigh), S Kendrick Lewis (knee), CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)
PROBABLE: DE Chris Canty (calf), LB Elvis Dumervil (non-injury), LB Daryl Smith (non-injury), WR Darren Waller (concussion), G Marshal Yanda (ankle)

ARIZONA
OUT: TE Darren Fells (shoulder), LB Alex Okafor (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Brown (hamstring)
PROBABLE: CB Justin Bethel (foot), WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury), WR Brittan Golden (groin), DT Cory Redding (shoulder), DT Frostee Rucker (foot), LB LaMarr Woodley (chest)

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Ravens safety Lewis, four others absent from Friday’s practice

Posted on 23 October 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Completing their final full practice in Owings Mills before traveling to Arizona on Saturday, the Ravens continued to be without safety Kendrick Lewis and four others on Friday.

Dealing with what head coach John Harbaugh described as a “bone bruise” in his left knee, Lewis missed his third straight day of practice ahead of Monday night’s game against the Cardinals. With second-year safety Terrence Brooks also sidelined with a thumb injury, the Ravens may be forced to use the combination of Anthony Levine and Brynden Trawick at the starting spot opposite strong safety Will Hill.

Undrafted rookie safety Nick Perry is currently on the practice squad, but Harbaugh would not reveal whether the Ravens would prefer to add another healthy safety to the 53-man roster. Baltimore is currently carrying fourth running backs on the active roster and starter Justin Forsett is no longer listed on the injury report.

“We’ll just leave that up to speculation,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got our plans, and we’ll follow through on those plans.”

Also missing from Friday’s workout were defensive end Chris Canty (calf), tight end Maxx Williams (knee/ankle), and wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Canty had practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday, but he has missed Baltimore’s last four games with a calf injury suffered in the Week 2 loss to Oakland.

Cornerback Asa Jackson (thigh) returned to practice on Friday along with linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Daryl Smith, who each received a veteran day off on Thursday.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh) and right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) were both present and working after being listed as limited participants on Thursday.

Below is Friday’s full injury report:

BALTIMORE
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: S Terrence Brooks (thumb), DE Chris Canty (calf), S Kendrick Lewis (knee), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), TE Maxx Williams (knee, ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Asa Jackson (thigh), CB Lardarius Webb (thigh), G Marshal Yanda (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Elvis Dumervil (non-injury), LB Daryl Smith (non-injury), WR Darren Waller (concussion)

ARIZONA
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR John Brown (hamstring), TE Darren Fells (shoulder), LB Alex Okafor (calf)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Justin Bethel (foot), DT Frostee Rucker (foot), LB LaMarr Woodley (chest)
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury), DT Cory Redding (shoulder)

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Ravens continue shuffling players in and out of practice

Posted on 21 October 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — On the same day the Ravens welcomed back four players to the practice field, eight others were absent as they continued preparations for a Week 7 trip to Arizona.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb (hamstring), defensive end Chris Canty (calf), rookie wide receiver Darren Waller (concussion), and tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) returned to practice on Wednesday. Canty has missed four straight games with a calf injury suffered in Week 2 while Webb and Waller missed Sunday’s loss to San Francisco after sustaining injuries in Week 5.

Running back Justin Forsett (ankle), guard Marshal Yanda (ankle), safeties Kendrick Lewis (knee) and Terrence Brooks (thumb), tight end Maxx Williams (ankle), defensive end Lawrence Guy, cornerback Asa Jackson, and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) were all missing from Wednesday’s workout. Forsett and Yanda both played against the 49ers despite practicing just once last week with their respective ankle ailments.

With the Ravens playing the Cardinals on Monday night, the first injury report of the week will not be released until Thursday.

Lewis left Sunday’s game with a left knee injury and didn’t return, but head coach John Harbaugh said a magnetic resonance imaging exam did not reveal any serious damage.

“Nothing serious with Kendrick — a bone bruise — and that’s a very good sign,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see where it goes throughout the course of the week. He was feeling pretty good today, but those things are hard to predict.”

With Lewis sidelined and Brooks already ruled out for Sunday’s game, third-year safety and special-teams standout Brynden Trawick played 21 defensive snaps against the 49ers, easily the most extensive action he’s seen on defense in his NFL career.

Harbaugh did not have an update on Brooks’ thumb, which the second-year safety injured against Cleveland in Week 5. Trawick could be in line to make his first career NFL start if Lewis and Brooks do not improve enough over the course of the week.

“Brynden played well on Sunday,” Harbaugh said. “He was in the right spot, tackled well. He played well and did a good job, which is what you’d expect. He’s practiced well all summer.”

 

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Ravens list five starters as questionable for Sunday

Posted on 16 October 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Working out for the final time before traveling to California for Sunday’s meeting with the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens saw three Pro Bowl players return to practice before listing five total starters as questionable.

Running back Justin Forsett (ankle), right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle), and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (groin) were all listed as questionable after returning to practice on Friday. Forsett and Dumervil left Sunday’s loss to Cleveland with their respective ailments while Yanda has appeared on the injury report with an ankle issue for the last two weeks.

Head coach John Harbaugh suggested that Forsett and Dumervil would be game-time decisions against the 49ers.

“I feel good. I feel a lot better than I did earlier in the week,” Forsett said. “It’s been progressing every day. As far as Sunday, it’s still a work in progress. Hopefully, we get some more progress in the ankle coming up before that day.

Wide receiver Steve Smith (back) and tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) were listed as questionable after practicing for the third consecutive day, which would make one think the two are likely return to action in some form against the 49ers. However, Smith did not present an optimistic outlook regarding his Week 6 status a little over two weeks after suffering multiple microfractures in his back.

“To be honest, my expectancy of playing is very low,” Smith said after Friday’s practice. “I went out there Wednesday, it was alright. Thursday, tried to open up a little bit [and] couldn’t open up too much. I didn’t really go too much today, so I’m just trying to be smart. I’m not really sure what I’m really going to do.

“How I feel today, it doesn’t look like I can go as much as I would like to. I’m just trying to look at the long-term health.”

Five players were missing from Friday’s practice as cornerback Lardarius Webb (hamstring), safety Terrence Brooks (thumb), wide receivers Darren Waller (concussion) and Breshad Perriman (knee), and defensive end Chris Canty (calf) were absent. Webb was listed as doubtful while the other four were officially ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Of course, the Ravens are not only trying to fix their 25th-ranked pass defense, but they will be facing former teammates and talented 49ers receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. Familiarity helps in preparing to match up, but that doesn’t make the challenge much easier for a group that’s struggled to stop anybody this season.

“You go up against Anquan, you’re in for a battle,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “He’s going to be physical. He’s going to be tough. He’s going to play hard. And if that ball is anywhere in his vicinity, he’s going to catch it. I still remember all those catches on the sideline at the Super Bowl that he probably shouldn’t have made.

“And Torrey can take the top off of anybody’s defense. We know what those guys are. We’re looking forward to it.”

John Parry will be the referee for Sunday’s game at Levi’s Stadium.

According to Weather.com, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s with winds 10 to 20 miles per hour in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday afternoon.

Below is the final injury report of the week:

BALTIMORE
OUT: S Terrence Brooks (thumb), DE Chris Canty (calf), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), WR Darren Waller (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Elvis Dumervil (thigh), RB Justin Forsett (ankle), TE Crockett Gillmore (calf), WR Chris Givens (ankle), WR Steve Smith (back), G Marshal Yanda (ankle)
PROBABLE: LB Daryl Smith (non-injury)

SAN FRANCISCO
DOUBTFUL: RB Reggie Bush (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), TE Vernon Davis (knee), WR Bruce Ellington (calf), LB Eli Harold (knee), RB Carlos Hyde (foot), G Brandon Thomas (ankle)
PROBABLE: G Alex Boone (shoulder), LB Navarro Bowman (NIR), TE Vance McDonald (chest), OT Joe Staley (knee)

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