Rookie quarterback Tyrod Taylor said Friday that his bruised left shoulder is not serious – not serious enough to prevent him from gearing up for the Ravens' season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11.
"I think I'll be ready, especially with the couple of days that we have off," said Taylor, who watched the team practice Friday while his left arm was in a black sling. "That allows me to go get treatment and take care of my body. So I'm looking forward to getting back and getting healthy and starting out the week well."
Coach John Harbaugh reaffirmed the team's initial diagnosis after Thursday night's preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons and said that Taylor's injury had not worsened.
"It just looks the same," Harbaugh said. "… It confirms that it's not a real serious thing."
Taylor said his shoulder is sore, but he said he has full range of motion in the shoulder which is not his throwing shoulder."I don't have to worry about missing throws," he said. "I can still go through my throwing motion and still stay loose. But yes, I think it's a good thing that it is my off shoulder."
Taylor, the organization's sixth-round pick in April, injured the shoulder during the offense's second series against Atlanta when he absorbed a hit from defensive end Kroy Biermann after completing a seven-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss.
Taylor, who completed 2-of-3 passes for 16 yards, was replaced by Hunter Cantwell, who finished the game completing 13-of-18 passes for 111 yards.
"It was frustrating because I knew that I was going to get a lot of playing time that game, and it was a chance for me to go out and impress and improve my game," Taylor said. "So it was frustrating at the time, but as far as how serious the injury was, after they did the testing, I passed everything, and I knew it was just a matter of time before I could just get it back healthy."
Taylor, who is hoping to return to practice on Wednesday to begin the week of preparation for the Steelers, said he hoped that his injury would not compel the front office and coaching staff to bring in another quarterback.
"It's still the coaches' decision, but I think I've done everything I could this preseason to show that I can be that backup guy," said Taylor, who led all three quarterbacks in completions (37), completion percentage (61.7) and passing yards (408). "And I'm going to continue to be that person. I'm going to continue to be a learner, I'm going to continue to be a hard worker, and I'm going to go out and try to win over my teammates."