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Ravens activate 3 players off reserve/COVID-19 list; K Justin Tucker honored for big day | NOTES

The Ravens activated defensive linemen Brandon Williams and Justin Madubuike and outside linebacker Justin Houston off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, clearing their way to return for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

The three were ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions on Friday, along with outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson. Ferguson remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list after reportedly testing positive.

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With Williams and Madubuike unavailable Sunday, the Ravens’ defensive line relied heavily on starter Calais Campbell (47 defensive snaps) and reserves Justin Ellis (40) and Broderick Washington (36). The Lions were held to 27 carries for 93 yards (3.4 per carry) in a 19-17 home loss.

The Ravens’ pass rush struggled at times to pressure quarterback Jared Goff, but Houston’s return should help. He played over half of the defense’s snaps in each of the team’s first two games.

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The Ravens also activated wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin (hamstring) off injured reserve Wednesday, as coach John Harbaugh on Monday indicated they would be. Bateman, the team’s top draft pick, hasn’t practiced since Aug. 10, when he went down with a groin injury that required surgery.

“Great route runner,” quarterback Lamar Jackson said of Bateman. “Strong hands. He has speed, too. Sneaky speed. That’s it right now. But I feel he’s going to be hungry and ready, though, when his time comes.”

A hamstring injury has sidelined Boykin, a two-year starter, since Aug. 2. The Ravens have 21 days to move them to the active roster or place them on season-ending IR.

Tucker honored

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting four of five field-goal attempts Sunday, including an NFL-record and game-winning 66-yard field goal.

Tucker missed from 49 yards in the first quarter Sunday, but bounced back to nail kicks from 39, 50 and 32 yards before lining up for his last-second attempt, which hit the crossbar and bounced through.

This is Tucker’s 12th career AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award and his first since 2019. He is now tied with Jason Hanson (12) and Matt Prater (12) for the third-most special teams weekly honors by a kicker. Only Adam Vinatieri (19) and John Carney (13) have earned more.

Extra points

  • Asked about how he can help wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown get back on track after Sunday’s game, in which he had a couple of drops, Jackson said: “We’re not worried about the Detroit game. It’s over with. He caught passes during that game. It’s just mishaps; it happens sometimes to the best. And we’re not worried about it. Denver, I know he’s going to have a strong game, for sure.”
  • Defensive end Calais Campbell, a Denver native, said there’s “not much you can really do” to prepare for the city’s altitude. “Just try to make sure you get a lot of cardio; we’ve been able to do a lot of that with these exciting games. You really just have to get on the oxygen machine, make sure we rotate — keep a good rotation, especially on the defensive line. ... We don’t want to be in a ball game where it comes down to the last play, because you’re definitely going to be tired. You’re going to feel it.”
  • Harbaugh said Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (12 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns), who started his career in Baltimore as an undrafted free agent, has “really made a name for himself. [He’s a] big, physical receiver. Fifty-50 ball guy, he goes and gets a lot of contested catches. They use him as a blocker as well. Everything that we thought we had; we would have loved to have kept. He’s blossomed.”

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