A banged-up Ravens defense took another hit Sunday.
Defensive end Calais Campbell left Sunday’s 24-22 loss against the Cleveland Browns early in the first quarter with a thigh injury. After being listed as questionable to return, Campbell returned a few plays later on an extra-point attempt but was later ruled out.
Campbell, who missed practice Wednesday with an illness and missed practice time last week with a concussion, was attended to by trainers and walked gingerly off the field under his own power before heading into the blue medical tent. He kept his helmet on while trying to stay loose on the sideline.
Campbell’s injury comes one week after the Ravens lost starting cornerback Marlon Humphrey for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The Ravens started cornerbacks Anthony Averett and Chris Westry and rookie safety Brandon Stephens on Sunday after losing cornerback Marcus Peters (knee) and safety DeShon Elliott (biceps/pectoral) to season-ending injuries earlier this season.
Campbell, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, has been the Ravens’ most reliable defensive lineman this season. The 35-year-old has 38 tackles, 1 ½ sacks and four tackles for loss and is the team’s highest-graded defender, according to Pro Football Focus. He ranks fourth among defensive linemen in the NFL with an 84.3 overall grade.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Tylan Wallace was ruled out for the game with a concussion after making a tackle on a punt return in the second quarter. The rookie fourth-round draft pick has played mostly on special teams this season.
Westry also exited the game in the fourth quarter with a finger injury on his right hand but returned shortly thereafter.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins also appeared to be running with a limp, finishing with zero catches on two targets. Watkins, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal this offseason, missed three games after suffering a thigh injury on Oct. 11 in a win over the Indianapolis Colts. He has nine catches in his past five games for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Rare onside kick recovery for Ravens
With the Ravens trailing 24-22 with 1:17 to play, Justin Tucker trotted onto the field to attempt an onside kick. It’s a play he’s attempted many times during his career as the NFL’s most accurate kicker, but luck has never been on his side. Or the team’s, for that matter.
When the ball bounced off Browns fullback Andy Janovich and ended up in the arms of safety Chuck Clark, the Ravens completed their first successful onside kick in 20 years. Their last came in 2001 against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
“It was just awesome,” tight end Mark Andrews said. “‘Tuck had a great kick. Those are the types of things we practice all the time. It was good to see.”
“The ball was just there. At that point, you’ve got a recover it, do what you’ve got to do for your team,” said Clark, who added that he wanted to keep the ball but was told he couldn’t. “Everybody has to do their job on each play, and I think my job right there was to get the ball.”
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The Ravens ultimately couldn’t cash in on the good fortune, turning the ball over on downs with one minute left.
- Browns defensive end Myles Garrett set a franchise record and scored a touchdown all in one play. Garrett strip-sacked Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley and returned the fumble 15 yards for a touchdown to give the Browns a 24-3 lead late in the second quarter. It was the first score of his career. The sack also gave Garrett the Browns’ single-season record for sacks in a season with 15, passing Reggie Camp’s mark of 14 set in 1984.
- Huntley converted four straight fourth downs in Sunday’s game before throwing a short pass to rookie receiver Rashod Bateman on fourth-and-6 with 1:00 left that went for just 2 yards. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Huntley has the most fourth-down completions in a single game this season.
- Bateman, the No. 27 overall pick in the 2021 draft, finished with seven catches for 103 yards, his first 100-yard game in the NFL. However, he missed out on his first career touchdown when he was ruled down just shy of the goal line on a 36-yard pass from Huntley in the fourth quarter. Running back Latavius Murray scored on the next play.