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Ravens still weighing options at receiver position

Posted on 03 November 2015 by Luke Jones

The Ravens continue to weigh their options at wide receiver in the aftermath of Steve Smith’s season-ending Achilles injury.

On Tuesday, the organization worked out wide receivers Hakeem Nicks, Joe Morgan, and Chuck Jacobs, but it remained to be seen if any of the three would be signed to the 53-man roster to take Smith’s spot. Jacobs posted on his official Twitter account that he was joining the Ravens, but the former San Francisco 49er was a more likely candidate to be signed to the practice squad since he’s never played a game in the NFL.

The 27-year-old Nicks is the most accomplished receiver of the group, but the former New York Giant has now tried out with five different teams since being cut by Tennessee before the start of the season. After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011, Nicks has declined rapidly in part due to injuries and caught a career-low 38 passes for 405 yards with Indianapolis last season.

With San Diego cutting ex-Raven Jacoby Jones on Tuesday, some fans began asking whether a reunion was in order, but that would appear unlikely. Though one of the heroes during Baltimore’s run to Super Bowl XLVII, Jones has declined rapidly over the last two seasons, evident with his poor performance as a returner against the Ravens on Sunday.

The 31-year-old has caught just nine passes for 131 yards since the start of the 2014 season and was averaging just 21.4 yards per kickoff for the Chargers, his lowest mark since his rookie year in 2007. Jones also returned five punts for just minus-4 yards.

After fumbling four times as a returner and falling out of the picture as a receiver last year, Jones was released in the offseason.

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Despite strong finish, Ravens defense on pace to set dubious record

Posted on 02 November 2015 by Luke Jones

The Ravens defense was far from perfect in Sunday’s 29-26 win over San Diego, but the struggling unit could take satisfaction in a strong fourth-quarter performance.

Despite surrendering another big play — this time a 70-yard touchdown from Philip Rivers to Malcom Floyd late in the third quarter — and allowing the Chargers to go 7-for-10 on third downs through three periods, Dean Pees’ defense buckled down in the final 15 minutes, allowing just 72 yards on 15 offensive plays and making stops on all three of San Diego’s third-down attempts.

Holding the Chargers to a game-tying 49-yard field goal with 2:29 remaining in game, the Baltimore defense left Joe Flacco and the offense enough time for a game-winning drive that culminated with a Justin Tucker 39-yarder as time expired. San Diego’s 371 yards were the lowest total allowed by the Ravens since Week 4 and the third-lowest total given up by Baltimore this season.

“With a win, everything is great, but we’ve still got to go back and work on some things,” said cornerback Jimmy Smith, who cited that the secondary played extensive man coverage on Sunday. “We gave up a huge play too easily, and that could change a game against a team on another night. Those are kind of the things I’m looking at right now. But like I said, we won, we’re happy. We’ve got work to do.”

In addition to eliminating the big plays, the Ravens must figure out ways to force turnovers as Sunday marked the fifth consecutive game without a takeaway. Baltimore is tied with Dallas for the fewest takeaways in the NFL with four, but the 2-5 Cowboys already had their bye and have played only seven games so far.

The Ravens’ last takeaway came in the fourth quarter of their Week 3 loss to Cincinnati when Elvis Dumervil stripped Andy Dalton of the football and C.J. Mosley returned the fumble for a touchdown. Counting overtime, 22 periods of football have passed since the Ravens last created a turnover.

Having forced 40 or more turnovers in a season three times — 2000, 2003, and 2006 — in franchise history, the Ravens are currently on pace to set the NFL record for fewest takeaways in a non-strike season. The Washington Redskins own the record with just 12 in 2006, a season in which the Ravens forced 40 turnovers on their way to the best regular-season record in franchise history at 13-3.

Interestingly enough, the 1982 Baltimore Colts forced only 11 turnovers in an abbreviated nine-game schedule that came after a players’ strike. The Colts finished 0-8-1 in their penultimate season in Baltimore.

Even if the Ravens are able to pick up the pace in the takeaway department to avoid making NFL history, they have a long way to go to match the franchise-worst mark of 22 takeaways set in 1996 and matched last season. Baltimore also had only 24 takeaways in 2013, the fifth-lowest mark in franchise history.

The Ravens defense must eradicate the big plays that have been back-breaking in several close losses this season, but creating a few more turnovers would go a long way in finding a few more wins in the second half of 2015.

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S. Smith injury makes Sunday’s win feel like loss for Ravens

Posted on 01 November 2015 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — The Ravens and their fans deserved to feel good after Sunday’s 29-26 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Only their second win overall and first at M&T Bank Stadium in 2015, the Ravens at least had a modest reason to smile and exhale going into their bye with thoughts of transforming a 2-6 record into a respectable second half with a favorable schedule that includes five home games.

That was until the official news came regarding Steve Smith.

With the 36-year-old receiver suffering a torn Achilles tendon late in the third quarter, we’re now left wondering if we’ve seen the last of Smith, who moved past Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter into 10th place on the NFL’s all-time list for receiving yards on Sunday. Despite recently reconfirming his plans to retire at the end of the 2015 season, the fierce competitor may not want to end his career in such heartbreaking fashion.

In the meantime, reality has yet set in for the Ravens as they try to enjoy their first win in a month and some much-needed rest this coming week. Already lacking playmakers on both sides of the ball, Baltimore just lost its best one as well as one of its most respected leaders on the field and in the locker room.

“I don’t think we’ve felt the full effects of it yet,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “I look up to the guy. It’s sad, for the moment, that he not just goes out like that [but] just for him to go down [for] the season. He’s meant so much to this team, just his leadership and the guy who he is.”

Describing any injury as crippling is difficult when you’re already 2-6 and going nowhere in terms of the playoff race, but Smith’s ability and passion are not easily replaced in the second half of the season.

As they have all year with all eight of their games decided by one possession, the Ravens will continue to compete with head coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco leading the way. But much like when they lost six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs in the season opener, the Ravens can’t simply use the “next man up” mantra in response to Smith’s injury.

He’s too important.

“It’s going to be an emotional thing just to lose players like that at any point,” Flacco said. “I’m not afraid to say — when you have a guy like that — what he means to this team, this organization, myself. What he’s done and just the kind of competitor he is, it’s probably a little bit tougher when you lose a guy like that.”

How the Ravens replace Smith’s production will likely keep offensive coordinator Marc Trestman awake at night over the bye week as the 15th-year wideout entered Week 8 with more receiving yards and touchdown catches than every other Baltimore receiver combined. Kamar Aiken will become the No. 1 receiver by default — complete with all 49 of his career receptions — but finding another starter from a group including Marlon Brown, Jeremy Ross, Chris Givens, and Jeremy Butler is a sobering challenge.

The season-long absence of first-round pick Breshad Perriman now becomes even more frustrating with Smith out of the picture and the Ravens not having the opportunity to see how the rookie would fare as the No. 1 receiver, the long-term role they envisioned for him when he was chosen with the 26th overall pick this spring. Harbaugh said last week that Perriman has a “shot” to play this season, but what that means is anyone’s guess after three months of frustration stemming from the 6-foot-2 wideout’s knee injury sustained on the first day of training camp.

Flacco will do what he can to try to maximize this offense, much like he did when the Ravens managed to score 30 points against the Browns with Smith on the sideline. The running game and their trio of young tight ends will become even more important than they already were with an underwhelming group of receivers behind Smith.

With two home dates against Jacksonville and St. Louis following the bye and only two of their eight remaining games against opponents currently holding winning records, the Ravens should be able to find at least a few more wins before the season from hell comes to an end.

But losing Smith is a sickening punch to a gut already too tender from six one-score defeats in eight games and a list of other injuries.

“Obviously, it makes it a little bit tougher than we’d like,” Flacco said, “but we’ve played a game this year without him and I think our guys did a great job stepping up. We were able to put some offense up, put some points on the board. The next guy steps up.

“It’s not like we’re just going to be playing with a ghost out there.”

But it feels that way right now.

And Smith’s injury made a much-needed win feel too much like a loss on Sunday.

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Ravens-Chargers: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 01 November 2015 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — The Ravens are happy to be home.

Even at 1-6 and knowing their playoff hopes are all but gone with Thanksgiving still a few weeks away, Baltimore has the opportunity to go into its bye week on a high note with a win over struggling San Diego. The Ravens will play their next three games at M&T Bank Stadium, giving them an opportunity to inch back to respectability in the month of November.

Losers of three straight like the Ravens, the Chargers sport the top-ranked passing game in the NFL, which will pose a significant challenge to Dean Pees’ 28th-rank pass defense.

As expected, starting left tackle Eugene Monroe is inactive after being listed as doubtful with a shoulder injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Week 7 loss to Arizona. He will be replaced by second-year tackle James Hurst, who started three games in place of Monroe earlier this season.

Safety Kendrick Lewis (knee) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) are both active and will start despite being listed as questionable on the final injury report. Both practiced all week on a limited basis, and Lewis will be making his return after missing the Monday night game against the Cardinals.

Despite being listed as probable on the final injury report, second-year safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) is inactive for the third straight game.

Meanwhile, a banged-up Chargers team received good news Sunday morning with eight-time Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates (knee) being activated despite not practicing all week and missing last week’s game against Oakland. The Ravens defense has struggled to cover tight ends through the season, making Gates a dangerous presence in the San Diego passing game.

San Diego ruled out Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle (groin) and starting inside linebacker Manti Te’o (ankle) on the final injury report of the week.

Making his return to Baltimore, former Raven and current Chargers return specialist Jacoby Jones was out on the field early visiting with his old teammates as well as his former quarterback in Houston, Matt Schaub, before pre-game warmups.

Gene Steratore will be the referee for Sunday’s game.

The Ravens will be wearing purple jerseys and white pants while San Diego dons its white tops with navy blue pants.

The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-60s and winds up to eight miles per hour, according to Weather.com.

Sunday marks the 11th all-time meeting between the Ravens and the Chargers with the teams splitting the first 10 contests. San Diego has won two of the last three against the Ravens and will be attempting to win in Baltimore for the second straight season, a rare achievement for any team over the last 15 years.

Below are Sunday’s inactives:

WR Jeremy Butler
WR Breshad Perriman
CB Tray Walker
S Terrence Brooks
OT Eugene Monroe
OL De’Ondre Wesley
DT Kapron Lewis-Moore

CB Craig Mager
S Eric Weddle
RB Donald Brown
LB Manti Te’o
LB Denzel Perryman
LB Tourek Williams
G Orlando Franklin

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Ravens-Chargers: Five predictions for Sunday

Posted on 31 October 2015 by Luke Jones

Both the Ravens and the San Diego Chargers entered 2015 with high expectations, making their records halfway through the season among the biggest surprises in the NFL.

Now, these struggling teams meet with their playoff hopes all but gone, but the 1-6 Ravens aim for a win to feel good about as they enter next week’s bye. Meanwhile, the Chargers sport the top-ranked passing game in the NFL, but they’ve been a difficult team to figure out after losing by just seven to undefeated Green Bay at Lambeau Field two weeks ago and then falling behind 30-3 to Oakland in the first half of a home loss last Sunday.

With some time off and a chance to escape a miserable season looming, it remains to be seen how focused the Ravens will be as they’ve lost two of their last three games going into their bye week under John Harbaugh.

It’s time to go on the record as Baltimore and San Diego meet for the second consecutive year at M&T Bank Stadium. The teams have split 10 all-time meetings in the regular season with the Chargers winning two of the last three. The Ravens are 2-1 against San Diego in games played in Baltimore.

Here’s what to expect as Baltimore tries to win its first game in three tries against an AFC West opponent this season …

1. The Ravens defense will finally force a turnover after a four-game drought. It’s been more than a month since Elvis Dumervil stripped Andy Dalton of the football and C.J. Mosley picked up the fumble and ran for a touchdown in the Week 3 loss to Cincinnati, which was the last takeaway for Baltimore. Sporting just four takeaways in their first seven games, the Ravens are on pace to shatter the franchise-worst mark of 22 set in 1996 and tied last season. With 18 periods of football having passed without a Ravens takeaway, I won’t bother with specifics, but the defense will come away with one against a San Diego offense that will be throwing a lot and has had its own issues protecting the ball.

2. Chargers receiver Keenan Allen will catch 12 passes for over 130 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-2 wideout is off to an incredible start with a whopping 62 catches for 690 yards and three touchdowns in seven games, and there’s not a single Ravens cornerback — including Jimmy Smith — playing with the confidence to slow Allen down right now. With the Baltimore secondary so concerned with giving up the big play, Allen will feast in the short-to-intermediate portion of the field while the Ravens give him plenty of cushion. In the Chargers’ 34-33 win over the Ravens last season, Allen caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns and he will post similar numbers on Sunday.

3. Joe Flacco will throw two touchdowns to tight ends against a banged-up San Diego defense. With Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle and starting inside linebacker Manti Te’o both out with injuries, Flacco should find room in the middle of the field for Crockett Gillmore and his two rookie tight ends to move the chains and make plays. The Chargers are allowing a league-worst 5.3 yards per carry and will stack the box trying to stop Justin Forsett, which should open the seam for Flacco to find Gillmore for a few chunk plays. With emerging second-year cornerback Jason Verrett matched against Steve Smith, the Ravens will need their tight ends to make plays in the middle of the field and they will.

4. Philip Rivers will become the second quarterback to throw for over 400 yards at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Considering journeyman Josh McCown passed for more than 450 yards against the Ravens in their last home game, there’s little reason to think a struggling defense will slow the NFL’s leading passer after Rivers nearly threw for 400 yards in last year’s win over Baltimore. With the Ravens only able to generate pressure using the blitz, Rivers will get rid of the ball quickly against a secondary reluctant to play press coverage. This will result in a long day for a Dean Pees defense that ranks dead last in the NFL in third-down defense.

5. Baltimore will not be able to overcome a short week and the league’s top-ranked passing game in a 30-24 loss. At first blush, I was inclined to pick the home team against a 2-5 opponent that was embarrassed at home by the Raiders a week ago, but coming off a short week is a bigger challenge than many think with the Ravens sporting a 3-5 record in games immediately following a Monday road game under John Harbaugh. Until the Ravens prove otherwise, I just can’t see them beating one of the top quarterbacks in the league when their own offense is so mediocre. We haven’t seen the Ravens make enough big plays on either side of the ball, and that will be the difference again in another close loss to a team that just isn’t a great matchup for them, especially with less time to prepare.

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Ravens fans should remember history on Sunday

Posted on 31 October 2015 by Luke Jones

This season hasn’t been fun.

Not for the Ravens, not for their fans, and — believe it or not — not even for reporters, who don’t particularly enjoy asking John Harbaugh and his players the same questions week after week about why they continue losing close games.

With the Ravens returning home at 1-6 and with their once-lofty expectations dashed, many have wondered what that will mean for Baltimore’s six remaining home games. Established as one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL over the last 15 years, M&T Bank Stadium has rarely hosted games at less than full capacity, but the Ravens are off to the worst start in franchise history.

Virtually all tickets were sold long ago, but will the fans still come?

“This is a great city, and I haven’t had any other experience than that while being here,” eighth-year quarterback Joe Flacco said. “Obviously, throughout the course of games when you’re not playing well and things like that, you can feel people get upset. It’s just part of how it is. But in terms of a consistent basis and a game-to-game basis, I don’t know anything else but Baltimore coming out and supporting their teams.

“I would definitely be surprised. But at the end of the day, these people and this city are entitled to good football. And when they’re not getting it, you can understand.”

Yes, you can understand fans not showing up, but one hopes there is some perspective beginning with Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, the same team that recently confirmed its intentions to apply for relocation to Los Angeles next season. It will be 20 years ago this week that Art Modell announced his intentions to move the Cleveland Browns, returning the NFL to Baltimore after a 12-year absence.

Remember the feeling 20-plus years ago when the thought of having even a 1-6 NFL team sounded great?

Those in our 30s remember a childhood without the NFL and with only stories of the old Colts from our parents and grandparents. Baltimore deserves winning football, but that idea need not be defined as a God-given right to playoff football every single year or else.

The Ravens are down in 2015 and need to make improvements in a variety of ways, but the city has an opportunity to prove just how special its fan base really is. Let’s face it, earning a reputation for providing a great home-field advantage isn’t difficult when your team owns just three losing seasons in 15 years and none since 2007.

But what message would 20,000 empty seats send on Sunday? The Ravens are already aware that 1-6 is unacceptable compared to the lofty standards they’ve established over their 20 years in Baltimore, so there’s no need to “protest” to owner Steve Bisciotti. If the losing were to continue in 2016 and beyond, that would be a different story.

To be clear, this isn’t a plea for fans to willingly spend hard-earned money on a substandard product. But if you already have tickets for Sunday’s game as well as the remaining schedule, make sure they’re put to use.

Go to the games, have fun, and forget about the big picture of a disappointing 2015 season for a few hours.

Try to sell your tickets to Ravens fans who might still be willing to spend some money and don’t have season tickets.

Or just give them to a neighbor, relative, or friend if you can’t stomach the thought of watching a losing team in person. Years later, I remain grateful to family friends such as Tom Potteiger, Ed Cook, and Ken Mistovich for those times when they offered Ravens tickets to my father and me as we couldn’t always afford such luxuries when I was growing up.

Large swaths of empty purple seats on Sunday won’t make Baltimore any worse than other cities that won’t support a loser.

But the idea is to be better than that, right?

With two Super Bowl championships, four division titles, and 10 playoff appearances since 2000, the Ravens have brought plenty of joy to Baltimore over the last 15 years.

It would be heartwarming to see the city pick them up when they’re down with a loud and full house on Sunday and once again remind the NFL how great Baltimore really is.

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Nov 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam (26) in action against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

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Ravens safety Elam suspended for substance-abuse violation

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Luke Jones

Injured Ravens safety Matt Elam has been suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

The league announced Friday that the third-year defensive back would be banned for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers despite Elam already being on injured reserve after suffering a torn biceps in the first week of training camp.

“We have been aware of this situation for a while,” the organization said in a statement. “Matt has been in our building rehabbing his injury on a regular basis, and he will continue to do so.”

The suspension is just the latest bad news for the 2013 first-round pick, who has been nothing short of disappointing in his time with the Ravens. After two underwhelming seasons, Elam entered training camp with no guarantee of being a starter before he suffered a season-ending biceps injury on Aug. 1.

Starting 26 of 32 games in his career, Elam has collected 127 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, and seven pass breakups.

In 2016, Elam will enter the final season of a four-year, $6.767 million contract rookie contract signed after he was the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 draft. The suspension means the safety will not receive his game check worth just over $60,000 for Sunday’s contest.

The University of Florida product is scheduled to carry a $2.153 million cap figure next year, and the Ravens would save roughly $1.328 million in cap space by releasing him in the offseason.

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Monroe doubtful, San Diego’s Weddle out for Sunday’s game

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens are not expected to have their starting left tackle for Sunday’s game against San Diego with Eugene Monroe officially listed as doubtful.

The seventh-year offensive lineman injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to Arizona and did not practice all week. Second-year tackle James Hurst is expected to start in his place against the Chargers, who sport the league’s 18th-ranked defense.

The latest injury continues a disappointing two-year run for Monroe, who missed a total of six games with knee and ankle injuries last year and was sidelined for three games earlier this season with a concussion suffered in the season opener.

Baltimore listed safety Kendrick Lewis (knee), left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee), and tight end Maxx Williams (knee/ankle) as questionable after the trio practiced on a limited basis all week. Safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) and wide receiver Steve Smith (knee) are probable after being full participants on Friday.

The expected returns of Lewis and Brooks help a secondary that was forced to turn to special-teams player Brynden Trawick to start at free safety on Monday. Lewis missed one game while Brooks was sidelined two games after undergoing a surgical procedure on his thumb.

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and cornerback Tray Walker (concussion) were officially ruled out against San Diego.

The Chargers will be without three starters for Sunday’s game as three-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, guard Orlando Franklin (ankle), and inside linebacker Manti Te’o (ankle) were officially declared out on Friday.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers may also be without eight-time Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates (knee), who was listed as questionable after missing practices all week and not playing in Week 7.

The referee for Sunday’s game will be Gene Steratore.

The Sunday forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60s and partly cloudy skies with winds up to eight miles per hour, according to Weather.com.

Below is the final injury report for Sunday’s game:

OUT: WR Breshad Perriman (knee), CB Tray Walker (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: OT Eugene Monroe (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: S Kendrick Lewis (knee), G Kelechi Osemele (knee), TE Maxx Williams (knee, ankle)
PROBABLE: S Terrence Brooks (thumb), WR Steve Smith (knee)

OUT: G Orlando Franklin (ankle), LB Manti Te’o (ankle), S Eric Weddle (groin), LB Tourek Williams (foot)
DOUBTFUL: LB Denzel Perryman (biceps)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Antonio Gates (knee), NT Sean Lissemore (hamstring), CB Craig Mager (hamstring)
PROBABLE: RB Melvin Gordon (ankle), C Chris Watt (groin, concussion)

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Monroe absent from practice for second straight day

Posted on 29 October 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — An injury-marred season continues for Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe as he remains sidelined with a shoulder ailment suffered in Monday’s loss to Arizona.

Monroe missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday, creating further doubt about his availability for Sunday’s meeting with the San Diego Chargers. The seventh-year lineman missed three games earlier this season after suffering a concussion on the opening drive of the season opener.

Should Monroe not play, second-year tackle James Hurst would start in his place despite his immense early-season struggles. Fortunately for the Baltimore offense, the Chargers have not shown a consistent ability to create pressure on the quarterback with just 12 sacks in seven games this season.

Other players missing from Thursday’s practice included cornerback Tray Walker (concussion) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee).

Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith was added to Thursday’s injury report as a limited participant due to a knee issue. Also limited in the workout were safety Kendrick Lewis (knee), left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee), and tight end Maxx Williams (knee/ankle).

Safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) was upgraded to full participation and appears on track to make his return after a two-game absence.

Meanwhile, San Diego was once again without Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates (knee) and Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle (groin).

Below is Thursday’s full injury report:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: OT Eugene Monroe (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), CB Tray Walker (concussion)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: G Kelechi Osemele (knee), S Kendrick Lewis (knee), WR Steve Smith (knee), TE Maxx Williams (knee, ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION: S Terrence Brooks (thumb)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: G Orlando Franklin (ankle), TE Antonio Gates (knee), G/T Chris Hairston (illness), NT Sean Lissemore (hamstring), LB Denzel Perryman (biceps), LB Manti Te’o (ankle), S Eric Weddle (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Craig Mager (hamstring), LB Tourek Williams (foot)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Melvin Gordon (ankle), C Chris Watt (groin, concussion)

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Ravens welcome back several players to practice

Posted on 28 October 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Returning to practice after a quick turnaround from the Monday loss in Arizona, the Ravens saw several players returning to the field.

Safeties Kendrick Lewis (knee) and Terrence Brooks (thumb), tight end Maxx Williams (knee/ankle), and left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) were all present and working for what amounted to a walk-through practice on Wednesday. Of those four, Osemele was the only player to play against the Cardinals, but he left the game in the fourth quarter and did not return.

After leaving Monday’s game with a shoulder injury, starting left tackle Eugene Monroe was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday and was only an observer during the walk-through practice. Second-year tackle James Hurst would likely start in Monroe’s place if he’s not ready to play against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Only two other Baltimore players were absent from practice on Wednesday: cornerback Tray Walker (concussion) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee).

Tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) began his second week of practice, but it remains unclear when or if he will be activated from the physically unable to perform list. On Oct. 21, the 30-year-old entered a 21-day window in which he may practice before the Ravens must either elevate him to the 53-man roster or leave him on the PUP list for the remainder of the season.

“It’s up to Dennis,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “You guys saw him out here today in the pre-part of the practice when you guys were watching, so you got to see him move a little bit. But it really is up to Dennis at this point.”

Meanwhile, San Diego was without four starters on Wednesday as eight-time Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates (knee), three-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle (groin), inside linebacker Manti Te’o (ankle), and left guard Orlando Franklin (ankle) sat out.

Below is Wednesday’s full injury report:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: OT Eugene Monroe (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), CB Tray Walker (concussion)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Terrence Brooks (thumb), G Kelechi Osemele (knee), S Kendrick Lewis (knee), TE Maxx Williams (knee, ankle)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: G Orlando Franklin (ankle), TE Antonio Gates (knee), LB Denzel Perryman (biceps), LB Manti Te’o (ankle), S Eric Weddle (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: NT Sean Lissemore (hamstring), CB Craig Mager (hamstring), LB Tourek Williams (foot)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Melvin Gordon (ankle), C Chris Watt (groin, concussion)

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