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John Harbaugh says Ravens in ‘good shape’ injury-wise after a quarter of regular season

Head coach John Harbaugh talked with QB Lamar Jackson about celebrating too early before he reached the end zone on his touchdown run.

A quarter of the way into the regular season, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team is in “good shape” injury-wise.

Aside from slot cornerback Tavon Young’s season-ending torn ACL, the Ravens have avoided serious injuries during their 3-1 start, including a 31-17 win over the Washington Football Team in Landover on Sunday.

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Left tackle Ronnie Stanley missed Sunday’s victory with a shoulder injury that Harbaugh after the game said is “more of a strain than anything.” On Monday at his weekly news conference, Harbaugh said “we’re very hopeful for him.”

In Stanley’s stead, the Ravens started Orlando Brown Jr. at left tackle — his first start at the position since college — and D.J. Fluker started at right tackle for the first time since 2014.

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Defensive end Derek Wolfe, who did not play because of an elbow injury, “should be fine,” Harbaugh said. With Wolfe sidelined, rookie defensive tackle Broderick Washington played 21 defensive snaps after he was a healthy scratch in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Harbaugh also said rookie defensive tackle Justin Madubuike “looks like he’s getting close” and “there’s a good chance he could be ready this week” for Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Madubuike injured his knee in a training camp scrimmage and returned to practice Sept. 24 but has yet to be active on game day and make his NFL debut.

“I actually think we’re in good shape going forward unless something jumps up,” Harbaugh said. “And that has happened so you never know.”

Extra points

>> A day after cornerback Anthony Averett played a career-high 62 defensive snaps against Washington, Harbaugh praised the play of the third-year corner. “We’ve had a lot of confidence in Anthony,” Harbaugh said. “He had a good year last year, he gets better all the time. He’s [got] a really good man, cover skill set, understands his own coverages now and tackles. He’s doing a really good job and he could still be a lot better.”

>> Ahead of a Monday afternoon conference call between the NFL and its head coaches and general managers to discuss compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols after the outbreak in the Tennessee Titans' organization, Harbaugh said he was “involved in one call last week” and “[the NFL] seem[s] very happy with what we’re doing.”

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