Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters returned to practice on Aug. 15, almost a year after tearing his ACL in the 2021 preseason and almost month before the team’s 2022 season opener.
Coach John Harbaugh said he looks good. Safety Chuck Clark said Peters picked off a pass in a recent practice. Peters himself said Thursday that he missed the game. His Week 1 role, however, remains unclear.
“Whenever my body tells me he’s ready to go,” Peters said, “we’re going to go.”
In his first public comments since suffering a season-ending knee injury at a Sept. 9 practice, Peters was candid about how much he’d missed being on the field last season with “my guys.” He joked about how he’d first had a football season taken away from him in the 10th grade, when his mother barred him from the sport. (“What Mama said goes.”) He acknowledged the importance of patience in his knee rehabilitation.
But Peters, one of the NFL’s most prolific ball hawks, sidestepped a question about where he was physically. The Ravens open their season on Sept. 11 against the New York Jets.
“I feel like I’m doing what I need to do necessary to get me back on the field, and it’s been a process that myself and this training staff and the coaching staff have come up with,” he said. “And we’re going to stick to it until I can get back out there.”
Peters’ rehab work has impressed Harbaugh, who said the 29-year-old looked “really good” even during offseason workouts.
“You could tell, he had really put the work in,” he said. “He’s been in that weight room. I tell you, the guy’s been living in the weight room. He’s been living in the training room. He’s been living out here running, all the way through, even through training camp, when he wasn’t practicing. Then he kind of pushed his way out to practice and has looked good at practice. So he’s done a great job.”
Peters, who’s entering the final year of his contract, is projected to start alongside Marlon Humphrey, when healthy. Kyle Fuller, Brandon Stephens, and rookies Damarion “Pepe” Williams and Jalyn Armour-Davis round out the team’s depth chart at cornerback.
Stanley ramping up
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who was cleared to practice Friday but was not present during the open portion of the team’s three workouts this week, took part in “individual stuff” Wednesday, Harbaugh said.
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Harbaugh said there’s “not a set timetable” for the return of Stanley, who last year underwent his second straight season-ending ankle operation. The Ravens had hoped Stanley, an All-Pro selection in 2019, would be able to practice for two to three weeks before the season opener.
“He knows his ankle,” Harbaugh said. “I know Ronnie’s very determined to be really at his very best when he comes back. I think that’s kind of part of his thinking on it, so I trust him with it. I know he’s going to do the right thing and be out there as soon as he can, and I’m hopeful for sooner rather than later, for sure.”
- Harbaugh said the release of guard Tyre Phillips is “just part of the roster moves right now,” and said he hopes the Ravens can re-sign the 2020 third-round pick to their practice squad. “We’ll see. It may not happen. But that’s what I’m hoping for.”
- Asked about the Ravens claiming linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips off waivers Wednesday, Harbaugh said that there’s “a lot of moving parts to that one still. Physicals have to be passed, those kinds of things.”
- Harbaugh said newly signed running back Kenyan Drake “has had a lot of exciting plays in this league. He’s a big, strong, fast, kind of slasher-type back, experience in pass protection. Catches the ball well out of the backfield.”
- In addition to Drake, the Ravens announced the re-signing of defensive lineman Brent Urban, who was released Tuesday as part of the team’s 53-man-roster cut-down.
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