The Ravens’ top three inside linebackers were among 13 players missing from the open period of the team’s practice Saturday afternoon.
Projected starting middle linebacker Patrick Onwuasor and weak-side linebacker Chris Board, as well as top backup Kenny Young, were not on the field for the team’s first work since the Ravens’ preseason game Thursday against the Green Bay Packers. Board suffered a concussion in the 26-13 win.
Coach John Harbaugh said after practice that he didn’t expect Onwuasor and Young to be out "very long.”
Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda (foot/ankle), who hasn’t practiced or played since Sunday, will not participate in the Ravens’ joint practices Monday and Tuesday or their preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Harbaugh said the team is preparing Yanda to be ready for Week 1.
“Marshal just wants to go, and we’ll get him ready for the opener, and he’ll be ready to go,” he said.
A number of other notable players were missing. On offense, Kenneth Dixon was out after suffering what Harbaugh said was a hyperextended knee in Thursday’s game. (He later returned to the action.) Fellow running back Gus Edwards also was absent. Offensive tackle Greg Senat hasn’t practiced since Sunday, while offensive lineman Randin Crecelius has been out since early in training camp. Wide receiver Seth Roberts last was active in the Aug. 8 preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Elsewhere on defense, cornerback Anthony Averett was out and has now missed two straight practices, though he did play in Thursday’s game. Rookie cornerback Iman Marshall has been absent for a week. Linebacker Nicholas Grigsby was also out, as was outside linebacker Mike Onuoha, who broke his wrist Aug. 8.
Young weighing options
Top slot cornerback Tavon Young, who remains out with a potentially season-ending neck injury, is still deciding whether to have surgery, Harbaugh said.
The coach said after Thursday’s game that there’s an “outside chance” that Young’s neck will heal and he’ll be able to return this season, but it’s not the team’s recommendation.
“It’s still a decision that has to be made, and that’s between, really, the doctors and Tavon and his family and agent and stuff like that,” Harbaugh said Saturday. “Ultimately, it’s the player’s decision about how he wants to handle the injury, and I’m sure he’s getting some opinions. You know, that’s what guys do. And certainly, Tavon wants to play. That’s for sure, so we’ll just see what happens.”
‘Good sign’ for WR Brown
Rookie wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown practiced fully Saturday, raising hopes that the first-round pick will be able to participate in the joint practices and make his preseason debut Thursday.
Brown sat out practice Monday, participated Tuesday and, after warming up and sprinting before Thursday’s game, did not play against the Packers. He has not played in a game since suffering a Lisfranc (foot) injury late last season at Oklahoma.
“We’ll just have to see how it responds, and hopefully he can go there and be good,” Harbaugh said.
Jackson’s time won’t change
Quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has played a quarter in each of the Ravens’ first two preseason games, won’t see extended action Thursday. Across the NFL, starters and significant contributors typically play the most in their penultimate preseason game, but “we don’t do it that way,” Harbaugh said.
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“A lot of teams do a lot more in the third game," Harbaugh said, in part because starters are typically rested in the preseason finale. "We kind of balance it out in the three games.”