Ravens tight end Owen Daniels missed a second straight practice with a knee injury, though offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak indicated that the veteran should be ready to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Owen’s fine,” Kubiak said. “John’s got a plan for these veteran guys. I know he’s got a plan for O.D. and how to keep him fresh and keep him ready to go. But as far as what we’re doing, game plan, those types of thing, O.D. will be fine.”
Because of his veteran status, Daniels, who limped off the field in the second half of the Ravens’ victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, has been getting periodic off days from practice. However, he hadn’t missed back-to-back practices since the regular-season began.
If he didn’t play and that seems unlikely based on Kubiak’s comments, rookie Crockett Gillmore would take on a bigger role
"I'm prepared every week to be the starter from the first day I got here,” said Gillmore who has three catches for 29 yards. “That's just the mentality I've had. I've always been a guy who's been ready. He'll be ready. He does a good job of keeping his body ready."
The only other Ravens to not practice were wide receiver Steve Smith, middle linebacker Daryl Smith and defensive end Chris Canty. Steve Smith and Daryl Smith were given routine day offs, while Canty continues to be sidelined after having wrist surgery earlier this month. Canty has missed three straight games and isn’t expected to play Sunday.
For the Bengals, wide receiver A.J. Green, who has missed the past two games with a toe injury, sat out practice for a second straight day. Running back Giovani Bernard (ribs) and cornerback Leon Hall (back) were limited.