Ravens Notebook: Ravens re-sign WR Doss

OWINGS MILLS - With wide receiver Jacoby Jones likely sidelined for several weeks because of the sprained knee he suffered against the Broncos Thursday, the Ravens signed a wide receiver Monday, and it's one they're already very familiar with.
A little more than a week after being cut by Baltimore, wide receiver Tandon Doss re-signed with the Ravens Monday.
Doss was a fourth-round pick of Baltimore in 2011. He actually entered this summer expected to push Jones for the starting receiver job opposite Torrey Smith, but he struggled during training camp and the preseason and was eventually released.
But with Jones out, Doss is back, and the Ravens are hopeful that he can contribute in some capacity to a passing game in need of weapons, especially with Jones now sidelined.
"It helps to have a guy that's been here, certainly," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "When you can bring someone back like Tandon who knows the offense and is ready to plug right in and play for us ... it's a big plus for us, and we're very fortunate that he was available for us."
It's unclear how much playing time Doss will get on offense against the Browns this week, but adding Doss also helps on special teams.
Doss has proven to be a capable punt returner in the past, and it's likely that he serves as the Ravens' primary punt returner Sunday with Jones out.
ENCOURAGING NEWS: Baltimore starting defensive tackle Arthur Jones hasn't practiced in nearly three weeks because of a viral infection, but Harbaugh said Thursday that the Ravens recently received encouraging news regarding Jones.
"It seems to have cleared up," Harbaugh said. "He should be good, and we'll just have to see how ready he is to play this week. That will obviously be the issue football-wise. We'll just see how ready he is to play. I can't make a prediction on that right now."
POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Rookie offensive lineman Ryan Jensen appeared likely to end up on injured reserve when he broke his foot early in training camp, but the Ravens never placed him on injured reserve, and it now looks like Jensen is in Baltimore's plans for this season.
Jensen, a sixth-round pick, can play both center and guard, and he would add to the depth behind starting guards Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda as well as starting center Gino Gradkowski.
"We feel like he's going to be a player for us sooner rather than later, and that's why we held on to him on the 53- [man roster]," Harbaugh said. "We've got high hopes for him for this year, and he's not too far out. He had a broken foot early in training camp, but it was early in training camp.
"He's worked really hard. He's in very good shape. He's going to have to get in football shape, but he's getting closer to being back, so we're excited about him."
GETTING BETTER: Harbaugh said wide receiver Deonte Thompson is making progress in his recovery from the sprained foot he suffered during the Ravens' first preseason game and is close to being able to return to action.

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