Jacoby Jones' sprained right knee means the Ravens will probably need short-term assistance on offense and special teams.
The Ravens, for a variety of reasons, have shown no interest in perusing the slim veteran free agent market that includes Brandon Lloyd, Braylon Edwards, Laurent Robinson, Austin Collie, Josh Cribbs and David Nelson.
If Jones is sidelined against the Cleveland Browns or longer, the Ravens could make rookie Aaron Mellette — who was a healthy scratch against the Broncos — active for games.
Plus, Deonte Thompson has made progress from a sprained left foot that has kept him out since the first preseason game. If Thompson can regain his health, he could provide a deep threat on offense and speed on kick returns.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh's four-year contract extension is in the $6 million range, according to a source.
There were reports that Harbaugh was making $7 million per year under his new contract, which was finalized months ago.
Under contract through the 2016 season, Harbaugh, a Super Bowl winner who's led his team to five consecutive playoff appearances, is one of the highest-compensated coaches in the NFL.
The top-paid coaches are the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton ($8 million), New England Patriots' Bill Belichick ($7.5 million), Kansas City Chiefs' AndyReid ($7.5 million) and Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll ($7 million), according to Forbes.
Rookie tight end Matt Furstenburg is at a higher level of compensation under his practice squad contract, a sign of respect and an acknowledgement that other teams might offer him a spot on their active roster.
The former Maryland player makes $8,000 per week instead of the standard $6,000 practice squad salary for a total of $136,000.