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Ravens DT Brandon Williams returns to practice, but secondary still dealing with injuries

"You try to understand the immediate, important things that we need to think about," said Harbaugh on what the team need to do over the next five weeks.

Ravens starting defensive tackle Brandon Williams returned to practice Friday for the first time since injuring his ankle nearly three weeks ago.

Williams was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list before Wednesday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he hadn’t practiced since going down early in a Week 10 loss to the New England Patriots.

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Without Williams and defensive end Calais Campbell, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week while recovering from a calf injury, the Ravens’ run defense has struggled at times. Against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the unit bounced back, holding Steelers running backs Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland (Maryland) to 69 yards on 19 carries.

Even with cornerback Anthony Averett activated from injured reserve, the Ravens’ defensive backfield is banged up entering Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (groin), who left Wednesday’s game early, and Tramon Williams (thigh) did not practice, while Davontae Harris (thigh) was limited. Safety Chuck Clark (knee), who has played every defensive snap for the Ravens this season, missed practice, too.

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Also absent on defense were outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson (illness) and defensive tackle Broderick Washington (concussion).

Five players missed practice for Dallas: offensive linemen Zack Martin (calf) and Cameron Erving (knee), defensive end Aldon Smith (illness), and safeties Donovan Wilson (groin) and Steven Parker (ankle). Cornerback Anthony Brown (ribs) was limited.

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