The six-day layoff between Thursday night’s 28-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns and Wednesday’s practice has apparently worked wonders on the AFC North-leading Ravens in terms of health as four players who missed last week’s game returned to practice.
Outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Kamalei Correa, right guard Marshal Yanda, and cornerback Shareece Wright have missed varying lengths of time, but took part in Wednesday’s session in preparation for Sunday’s road game against the Dallas Cowboys, who own the NFL’s best record at 8-1.
Dumervil has sat out the past four games because of an injury related to offseason foot surgery. But coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he believed Dumervil was close to rejoining the team for practice.
A shoulder injury has sidelined Yanda for three of the past four contests. But the team elected not to move him to injured reserve Tuesday, suggesting the five-time Pro Bowler could be able to play soon.
Wright has missed the past three games because of a pulled hamstring suffered in a loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 16. And Correa, the organization’s 2016 second-round draft pick, sat out the past two games with a thigh injury.
The Ravens did practice without three players: rookie left guard Alex Lewis (high right ankle sprain), cornerback Jimmy Smith,and tight end Crockett Gillmore (pulled hamstring). Lewis sustained his injury in the third quarter of Thursday’s win, and Smith appeared to be less than 100 percent toward the end of that game, although he joked afterward that he always walks slow. Gillmore has missed the past two games.
UPDATE: Smith did not practice because of what the team called a back injury in Wednesday’s injury report. Lewis (high right ankle sprain) and Gillmore (pulled hamstring) also did not participate.
Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring) and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) were limited.
Yanda (shoulder), Dumervil (foot), Wright (pulled hamstring) and Correa (thigh) practiced fully.
Dallas practiced Wednesday without three starters in strong safety Barry Church (fractured right forearm), cornerback Morris Claiborne (strained groin) and left tackle Tyron Smith (bulging disc in back, hip flexor).
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who sacked Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday’s 35-30 win, was limited by a back injury. Backup quarterback Tony Romo (broken bone in back) participated fully.