The Ravens could be quite short-handed as they head to Philadelphia on Monday for two joint practices against the Eagles.
Fourteen players were absent from practice Sunday, including a couple of new faces. Rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin, outside linebackers Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and cornerback Marlon Humphrey were out, though Humphrey was present at the team’s facility for an early-morning workout, according to his Instagram story.
Also absent were running backs Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards; wide receiver Seth Roberts; offensive linemen Marshal Yanda, Randin Crecelius and Greg Senat; linebackers Chris Board (concussion) and Nicholas Grigsby; and cornerbacks Tavon Young (neck) and Iman Marshall. Linebackers Patrick Onwuasor and Kenny Young returned after missing Saturday’s practice.
The Ravens will practice in pads against the Eagles on Monday and Tuesday before meeting again Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
>> Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said that rookie wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has shown a “different gear” over the past week in practice. The first-round draft pick sat out the Ravens’ preseason game Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers but has participated in three straight practices. The team is continuing to monitor his rehabilitation since undergoing surgery for a Lisfranc (foot) injury in January.
Special teams coordinator Chris Horton indicated that although Brown has taken repetitions at punt returner in practice, the competition remains between cornerback Cyrus Jones (Gilman) and running back Tyler Ervin. "Let him get as many reps as he can, and when we can put him back there, we’ll see,” Horton said of Brown.
>> Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said that with Tavon Young out because of a potentially season-ending neck injury, Jones is the team’s top slot cornerback. But cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Anthony Averett also have experience inside, and Martindale said the defense could use backup safeties Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott if necessary. "It’s just a matchup thing,” he said.