When Owen Daniels missed practice Wednesday, it was believed that he was just getting a standard day off, a courtesy that head coach John Harbaugh grants Ravens’ veterans. However, Daniels missed practice Wednesday and Thursday as well and he wasn’t even in uniform for warmups tonight’s game against the Cowboys. Instead, Daniels watched in shorts and a T-shirt and the team announced that he wouldn’t play.
Harbaugh reiterated on Thursday that Daniels, 31, isn’t hurt and the team is just giving him an opportunity to “rest his legs a little bit.” Signed to a 1-year deal in April, Daniels had one catch for 6 yards in the Ravens’ preseason victory against the San Francisco 49ers last week and he’s struggled at times during training camp.
Starting tight end Dennis Pitta, who missed a couple of practices with a sore ankle, is on the field participating in warmups, an indication that he’ll get the start.
Other Ravens sidelined were guard Will Rackley (concussion), defensive tackle Terrence Cody (hip) and cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle). Jackson, who was hurt in Sunday’s joint practice against the 49ers, was on the sideline with a large, black walking boot on his right foot. Harbaugh has said that he doesn’t expect the cornerback to miss an extended amount of time.