It's been a long time since the fastest player on the Ravens' roster was able to actually run.
Wide receiver Deonte Thompson sprained his left foot during the first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He's been sidelined ever since, missing the remainder of the preseason and the Ravnes' 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos to open the regular season.
Although Thompson hasn't resumed practicing, he has begun doing some running as he inches closer to returning at some point this season. It remains unclear when he'll be healthy enough to start practicing after entering training camp slated to compete for a starting job opposite Torrey Smith.
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"We've come miles away," said Thompson, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds coming out of Florida. "I'm doing a little running now, doing ladder drills. I felt all right, got a little sore but definitely getting there."
The Ravens could use Thompson to stretch the field on pass patterns and contribute on kick returns since Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones is out four to six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament.
"The toughest part is sitting out and watching," Thompson said. "Knowing you could be a contributor and you're just watching, that's the toughest part."