Harbaugh expects Jacoby Jones to pass conditioning test soon
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Jul 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Wide receiver Jacoby Jones' failure to pass the Ravens' mandatory conditioning test landed him on the non-football injury list, raising a bit of a red flag about his offseason workout habits.
In NFL circles, it's considered a cause for concern when a skill position can't pass a conditioning test without being injured. The Ravens require players when reporting to training camp to make a series of interval runs in assigned times before they're allowed to practice.
However, Jones' status on the inactive list is expected to only be temporary.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh predicted that Jones will past the test soon and be activated. The first full-team practice isn't until Thursday.
"I would be very surprised if he isn't," Harbaugh said. "He's really close on it."
Jones missed a week of organized team activities and the offseason conditioning program to participate in the "Dancing With the Stars" competition where he finished third. Harbaugh wasn't initially thrilled that his projected starting wide receiver was going to miss football activities, but eventually came around to accept Jones' side gig.
Harbaugh wasn't critical of Jones, but made no allowances for the Pro Bowl kick returner.
"I would never make any excuses for him," Harbaugh said. "He should pass it, but he's battling. We'll see, it's up to him. It's his job to do. That's the facts. Facts are stubborn things."