Ravens notes: J. Smith, Webb newest absences from practice; M. Williams 'making progress'

Already missing starting defensive tackle Brandon Williams, the Ravens opened this week’s practices for Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders without defensive backs Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb.

Both players were in for more than 60 percent of the defensive snaps in Sunday’s 26-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium, and neither was reported to have suffered an injury. Smith made four tackles, while Webb finished with three tackles, one sack and two quarterback hits.

In the team’s injury report released Wednesday evening, Smith was held out with an Achilles problem, while Webb is dealing with a thigh injury.

Williams, who has sat out the past two contests because of a left foot ailment, did not practice, but did watch from the sideline in a sleeveless purple shirt and black shorts. He did not wear the protective boot he wore Sunday.

Tight ends Benjamin Watson and Maxx Williams were also absent. Watson, who caught five passes for 43 yards in the loss to the Steelers, missed two practices last week because of a left calf injury. Williams has not played in the past two games because of a left ankle ailment.

Rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill returned to practice for the first time in the regular season and was a limited participant. The undrafted free agent has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Defensive back Anthony Levine Sr. was limited by a thigh ailment, and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin practiced fully despite a hand injury.

TE Williams update: Maxx Williams did not practice Wednesday, but the Ravens tight end showed up in the locker room without the protective boot he wore around his left foot and ankle two weeks ago.

Still, Williams, who has sat out the past two games, was tight-lipped about whether the absence of the boot was an encouraging sign, saying, “I come to work and do what I do.”

Asked whether he is close to returning, he replied, “I feel better. Making progress every day.”

End zone: Oakland practiced without three starters in quarterback Derek Carr (fractured back), defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (back) and right guard Gabe Jackson (foot). Three other starters -- wide receivers Amari Cooper (knee) and Michael Crabtree (bruised lung) and cornerback David Amerson (concussion) -- were limited. … The Ravens will reacquaint themselves with former left guard Kelechi Osemele, who left for the Raiders after the 2015 season and has anchored one of the top offensive lines in the league. “He’s been a great addition for us,” Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said. “That’s one of the decisions they had to make — whether they could keep him or not. As you put your team together, you’ve got to decide what you want to do. Certainly happy to be able to acquire him. He was a good football player on tape while we watched him competing there, and we’re glad to have him. He’s been a really good football player for us.” … The Ravens and Raiders opened the season with a pair of wins before slipping into a two-game losing skid — a similarity not lost on coach John Harbaugh. “I did notice that,” he said. “I don’t know how much you make of that, really. I think that’s not something we’re going to delve into too much. They’ve got their concerns, we’ve got our concerns, both teams are going to go in there trying to win a game, and we’re going to do what we feel we need to do to try to win the football game.”

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