The Baltimore Ravens had their final open on-location practice yesterday at Stevenson University and there is plenty of news and highlights for discussion.
When the news broke that Smith was not on the practice field yesterday, Ravens fans went into an immediate panic due to the already bleak wide receiver core that this team boasts. Rest assured Ravens Nation, Smith is fine. Head Coach John Harbaugh stated after practice that Torrey was simply given the day off and that there is no injury there. That is certainly good news because if this team lost Smith, quarterback Joe Flacco would be left with his best receiver as running back Ray Rice.
Aaron Mellette and Marlon Brown
Both Mellette and Brown received extensive action yesterday at wide receiver with the first team offense and with Smith not at practice, obviously someone had to fill in. Harbaugh stated after practice that both Mellette and Brown have done a fantastic job thus far, and the young guys earned the opportunity for a better look with the starting offense.
Lardarius Webb and Marshal Yanda
Both Webb and Yanda have yet to make their preseason debuts this season in game action as both are coming back from injury, but Harbaugh was not committed to whether or not Yanda and Webb will play this thursday against the Carolina Panthers in the Ravens third preseason game. Yanda is still working on getting back to full strength after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, while Webb has just been held out as a precautionary measure after tearing his ACL last season.
Elvis Dumervil and other injured players
Dumervil missed his second straight practice as he nurses a minor groin injury, but Harbaugh has been persistent that the injury is not at all considered serious and that Dumervil is just being kept out of practice as an exercise of caution.
Other players absent from Sunday’s practice were wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), defensive tackle Marcus Spears (hamstring), tight ends Ed Dickson (hamstring) and Dennis Pitta (hip), offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot), linebacker Jameel McClain (neck), and defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee).
Thompson is likely to be held out of this Thursday's game in order to get him back to 100%,
“Deonte will be further evaluated after this week,” Harbaugh said, “but his was a couple-week injury.”
It was quite a day at Stevenson as approximately 3,100 fans filled Mustang stadium for the team's final on location practice and the atmosphere was great. Flacco was seen signing autographs for the kids in attendance and the lightheartedness of the day left Harbaugh in a good mood when he spoke to reporters.
We are just a few days away from Baltimore's third preseason game, and the third game is widely known as the closest one to a real game as starters see the most action of any game in the preseason. Harbaugh did not state how long the starters will play, but we should get a much better look at how this offense is adjusting and hope to see some rhythm from Flacco and the Ravens.
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