Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has been placed on the non-football injury list.
He didn't pass the mandatory conditioning test, according to a source.
The Ravens require that all players pass a series of timed interval runs before being cleared to practice. In the past, several players have been placed on the non-football injury list for not passing the conditioning test.
He missed time during the offseason because of his participation on "Dancing With the Stars," but returned to participate in organized team activities and the Ravens' mandatory minicamp.
Jones is currently the starting wide receiver opposite Torrey Smith on the Ravens' depth chart.
Although Jones is designated as the favorite to earn a starting job with Anquan Boldin traded to the San Francisco 49ers, he'll face competition for the position.
“Jacoby right now is the No. 2 guy,” receivers coach Jim Hostler said this spring. “So right now, Torrey and Jacoby are starting, so that’s definitely going to be more than Jacoby did last year.”
Last season, Jones operated as the third receiver and caught 30 passes for 406 yards and one touchdown while making the Pro Bowl as a kick returner. He's slated to compete with several players for a starting job, including Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson, David Reed and LaQuan Williams.
“It wasn’t like last year when we had two guys that were the two front-runners and everybody is playing for that third and fourth spot,” Hostler said. “Now, everybody is playing for that second spot.”
Jones had a clutch touchdown catch in the Ravens' AFC divisional-round win over the Denver Broncos to send the game into overtime, scoring on a return and a catch in the Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Jones' top season was in 2010 with the Houston Texans when he caught a career-high 51 passes for 562 yards and three touchdowns. His last year as a starter was in 2011 when he caught 31 passes for 512 yards and two touchdowns.
In six NFL seasons, Jones has caught 157 passes for 2,147 yards and 15 touchdowns. At 6 feet 2, 212 pounds, Jones has a combination of size, speed and leaping ability. His route-running is regarded as solid and he has improved the consistency of his hands.
The Ravens are expected to evaluate every option, including Jones and the potential addition of another veteran receiver if the receivers on the roster now falter.
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