As the Ravens held practice on their indoor field Tuesday to start preparations for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, three starters weren't present during the portion open to reporters.
That includes defensive lineman Arthur Jones. He suffered a concussion Sunday and is still undergoing the standard NFL concussion protocol in order to be cleared medically to play Sunday.
Running back Ray Rice didn't practice due to a quadriceps injury sustained against the Detroit Lions. Rice didn't appear to aggravate the injury against the Patriots.
Rice said it was merely a day of rest for him and that he intends to practice Thursday.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith appeared to injure his hamstring late in the game against New England and din’t practice. The injury isn't considered serious.
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (bruised, sprained ankle) didn’t participate in team drills with Courtney Upshaw and rookie John Simon filling in for him.
Middle linebacker Daryl Smith practiced after getting his Achilles stepped on Sunday and sitting out a few plays.
“My body feels like it’s a Tuesday,” Smith said. “I should be good.”
Rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown practiced without incident after landing on his hip Sunday.
“I feel fine,” he said. “I’m good.”
The Ravens and Bengals won't file their first official injury report of the week until Wednesday. It will be an estimated participation report because both teams have given players Christmas off and held meetings and practice Tuesday.
“We’ve got some guys sore,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters. “We’ve got a couple guys who are sore, which is to be expected, but we’ve got until Sunday. We’re not playing Thursday night. I think as Sunday rolls around, we’ll be back to almost full strength.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun