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Ravens hope return of Brandon Williams helps end rut against the run

Ravens hope return of Brandon Williams helps end rut against the run

With an Incredible Hulk shirt sticking out from under the bottom of his jersey, Brandon Williams manned his customary spot along the interior of the defensive line at the Ravens’ practice Wednesday and, suddenly, all seemed right again with the team’s beleaguered run defense.

Williams’ absence for the past four games because of a toe/foot injury has coincided with near-unprecedented struggles for the Ravens’ run defense under coach John Harbaugh. What has long been the foundation of a proud defense has crumbled in recent weeks as the Ravens (3-3) enter Sunday’s matchup with the Minnesota Vikings (4-2) at U.S. Bank Stadium with the league’s 30th-ranked run defense.

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