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Four Ravens not practicing as team prepares for Broncos

Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan speaks with members of the media after a training camp practice.
Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan speaks with members of the media after a training camp practice. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Starting defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and three key Ravens reserves did not practice Wednesday, leaving their status for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos in doubt.

Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee), wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and cornerback Rashaan Melvin (soft-tissue injury) joined Jernigan (knee) in missing the practice.

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh hasn't made any definitive announcements on the status of his injured players this week, although he did acknowledge that the players who haven't been practicing aren't likely to play.

Perriman, the team's first-round NFL draft pick, hasn't practiced since July 30, so he's a near certainty to miss Sunday's game. Taliaferro also isn't expected to play. The status of Jernigan and Melvin isn't as clear.

However, if both don't return to practice in the next couple of days, they probably won't face the Broncos. Rookie Carl Davis is expected to get the start if Jernigan can't go.

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