Spartanburg, S.C. — After a physical first day of practice against the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said his team emerged injury-free.
There were a few tense moments, however, including a collision that knocked defensive lineman Derek Wolfe on his back for a few minutes while an athletic trainer tended to him. He eventually got up and walked to the sideline under his own power, though he did not return.
“Nothing serious at all,” Harbaugh said. “We got out of here injury-free today, which is the No. 1 goal. So I feel good about that.”
The collision with Wolfe happened along the line of scrimmage during an 11-on-11 drill, which was soon moved to the far side of the field. Outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tyus Bowser stayed behind to make sure Wolfe was OK.
“Derek’s a warrior. I have no worries about him,” Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “Stuff like that happens all the time. It’s just football.”
Humphrey returns, but not in pads
Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was at practice Wednesday in sweats a day after leaving early with an apparent groin injury. Harbaugh, speaking to reporters for the first time since the injury, said it won’t keep the two-time Pro Bowl selection out for long.
“It was not a real serious thing. It was something. Muscle strains happen in training camp, especially this year,” Harbaugh said. “This year and last year, it seems like. So he’ll deal with it, but it’s not going to be too long.”
Meanwhile, rookie guard Ben Cleveland, a third-round draft pick, returned after dealing with a concussion for about a week but was limited to mainly conditioning work.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith, running back Justice Hill, linebacker Otaro Alaka and defensive lineman Aaron Crawford were absent from Wednesday’s practice. Wide receivers Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Miles Boykin and Deon Cain, left tackle Ronnie Stanley and offensive lineman Greg Mancz were present, but did not participate.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive back Brandon Stephens both returned after sitting out Tuesday’s practice. Watkins was limited to on-one-one drills, while Stephens participated in team drills.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jonas Shaffer contributed to this article.