OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens may not have escaped the preseason without a significant injury, but they can’t complain about the health of their active roster going into Sunday’s opener in Miami.
All 53 players practiced Wednesday with only veteran cornerback Brandon Carr limited with what was listed as a hip injury. Of course, slot cornerback Tavon Young was lost for the season with a neck injury sustained last month, but he is the only one of the six Ravens players on injured reserve who was a definitive part of their 2019 plans.
“We are excited. We’re healthy,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “We already lost Tavon, which is tough. We’re disappointed with that, and he’ll be back next year stronger than ever. But our guys are ready to go. We just want to go play football and see where we’re at and go from there.”
Despite so much attention on second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson and a rebuilt offense, free safety Earl Thomas is set to make his Ravens debut after signing a lucrative four-year, $55 million contract in March. The former Seattle Seahawk will be playing in his first regular-season game since breaking his lower left leg for the second time in three years last Sept. 30, but there have been no apparent concerns or setbacks from the rod that was inserted in his leg following the injury.
Thomas, 30, appeared in two preseason games this summer, playing 27 snaps and making two tackles. The six-time Pro Bowl safety is healthy going into the opener and has received favorable reviews from Jackson, who said Thomas is “everywhere back there” during practices.
“I have no complaints at this point,” said Thomas, who received occasional veteran days off from practice over the course of training camp. “I’m running. I feel good. I want to watch my weight a little bit, and on Sundays, just fly around.”
The rebuilding Dolphins have made more headlines about the players they’ve traded away recently, but reserve linebacker Trent Harris (foot) was the only Miami player to miss Wednesday’s practice. Starting wide receiver Albert Wilson was limited with a hip injury.
Below is Wednesday’s injury report:
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Brandon Carr (hip)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Trent Harris (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Johnson Bademosi (hip), G Danny Isidora (hamstring), DT John Jenkins (illness), S Bobby McCain (shoulder), LB Andrew Van Ginkel (foot), WR Albert Wilson (hip)
FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Charles Harris (wrist)