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OT Brandon Knight explains decision not to report to Ravens; 7 players absent at practice | NOTES

The Ravens placed offensive tackle Brandon Knight on the reserve/did-not-report list Wednesday, just two days after the team claimed him off waivers.

In a statement Thursday, Knight thanked the Ravens for the opportunity, but said he was stepping away from the game “to address my mental health.”

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“Although it was a difficult decision, it was a necessary one to be back home with my family,” he said in a statement he shared on Twitter. “I look forward to returning next season.”

Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he didn’t “know the details” surrounding Knight, whom the Dallas Cowboys waived Saturday. Knight was expected to help the Ravens’ depth in the wake of Ronnie Stanley’s season-ending ankle surgery. The 6-foot-5, 314-pound Knight has experience at both left and right tackle.

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The salary of players on the did-not-report list doesn’t count against the cap, nor does the absent player count against the 53-man roster.

Injury updates

Starting running back Latavius Murray is recovering from a sprained ankle, Harbaugh said. Murray was hurt late in the third quarter of Sunday’s 34-6 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. He finished with nine carries for 44 yards and a touchdown.

“We’re just going to have to kind of monitor that, day to day, and see where we’re at,” Harbaugh said. “It’s one of those deals.”

Starting center Bradley Bozeman, who was limited to 64% of the Ravens’ offensive snaps Sunday by a back injury, is “day to day,” Harbaugh said. Bozeman’s injury is “not long-term serious at all,” Harbaugh said. Bozeman played 100% of the offensive snaps in all but one game last season, and he hadn’t missed a snap this year until Sunday. Trystan Colon replaced him early in the third quarter.

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They were among the seven players who missed practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (thigh) remains sidelined. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva (knee) and cornerback Tavon Young (knee) were out, and inside linebacker Patrick Queen (thigh) was limited. Outside linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Jimmy Smith got the day off to rest.

In Cincinnati, starting center Trey Hopkins (knee), reserve defensive tackle Josh Tupou (knee) and reserve cornerback Jalen Davis (ankle) missed practice. Reserve running back Chris Evans (hamstring), reserve guard Jackson Carman (rest), starting defensive end Trey Hendrickson (shoulder), reserve safety Richard Allen (ankle) and long snapper Clark Harris (knee) were limited.

Quarterback Joe Burrow, who’s dealing with lingering effects from a throat contusion, was a full participant.

Extra points

  • Quarterback Lamar Jackson, who will have his No. 8 jersey retired at Louisville next month, called the honor “a huge accomplishment. I wasn’t looking forward to that — probably after I was long, long done with football, probably. But for it to happen so early, man, it’s something I’ll cherish forever.”
  • Mark Andrews was asked about how he’ll celebrate National Tight Ends Day, held on the fourth Sunday of every October. “Going off,” he said.
  • Center Adam Redmond, who appeared in four games for the Cowboys last season, has joined the practice squad.
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