By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun
August 9, 2013
Beyond executing on offense and playing sound defense, the primary goal for every team is to exit preseason games without any major injuries.
In their 44-16 victory tonight over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Ravens came close to achieving that but there is some concern about the health of second-year wide receiver Deonte Thompson.
Thompson left the stadium with what appeared to be a soft boot on his ankle. Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn't specifically address his condition but said he'll know more about his team's injury situation on Friday.
"We look pretty good right now," Harbaugh said. "We have some things we'll have to see about tomorrow: X-rays, MRIs, things like that. So we'll have to see."
Thompson was hurt in the first half. He finished the game with one catch for five yards. He also dropped one pass from Tyrod Taylor.
A long-term injury for Thompson would be a significant blow to the Ravens' receiving corps after the offseason trade of veteran Anquan Boldin. Torrey Smith is the team's No.1 receiver, but neither Tandon Doss or Jacoby Jones, who were in competition for the second and third spots, caught a pass tonight.
The other injury concern for the Ravens coming out of the game is backup running back Bernard Pierce, who appeared to hurt his left knee when he was hit in the end zone following his 20-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.
Pierce, who had his knee wrapped, declined to talk to reporters, saying that he had to get treatment.
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