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Ravens’ sidelined receivers ‘on track’ to play vs. Jaguars; Harbaugh defends Marcus Peters | NOTES

Ravens wide receivers Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Miles Boykin and James Proche II are “on track” to play in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach John Harbaugh said Friday.

The three were added to the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after contact tracing determined that they’d been exposed to an infected person earlier in the week. “High-risk” close contacts must self-quarantine for five days, but Harbaugh said Wednesday that he expected all three to be available Sunday if they did not return a positive test.

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Brown leads all Ravens receivers with 605 yards, and his 43 catches are tied with tight end Mark Andrews for the team lead. Boykin has 16 catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Proche has just one catch this season but has started at punt returner since Week 1.

While the three haven’t been able to practice, the Ravens’ receiving depth has gotten some help this week. Dez Bryant returned to practice after missing the team’s past two games on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and Andrews and Willie Snead will have had their first full week of team activities since contracting the virus.

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Cornerback questions

A day after Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry called Marcus Peters a “coward” for appearing to spit in his direction during Monday’s game, Harbaugh defended his All-Pro cornerback.

Harbaugh said he spoke with Peters, who denied spitting at Landry. “Anyone who believes that I intentionally spit at him does not know me — plain and simple,” Peters said in a statement Thursday. Harbaugh said there was “no way” Peters would do such a thing.

“I know Marcus really well,” said Harbaugh, who added that he had “great respect” for Landry, whom he spoke with after the Ravens’ win Monday. “That’s not his style anyway. If he was upset, he wouldn’t be doing that. What he did was, he spat in that direction. It wasn’t in anybody’s direction, per se, and you could tell that on the clip. So that’s where I stand with it.”

Harbaugh said it’s still unclear whether Peters and fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith will be healthy enough to play Sunday. Peters is dealing with a calf injury, and Smith is recovering from rib and shoulder injuries.

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Both missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday’s practice was closed to the media after being moved indoors. An injury report will be released later Friday.

Extra points

>> Harbaugh opened his news conference Friday by sharing his condolences for Lorenzo Taliaferro’s family. The former Ravens running back died Wednesday in Virginia. He was 28. “Lorenzo was just a great young man,” Harbaugh said. “He was a guy that was loved here. Humble, hardworking, a dynamic personality. A guy you just enjoyed being around every single day.”

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