'I haven't been OK not playing, but I think if I was OK then I wouldn't be the competitor that I've grown to be," said Robert Griffin III when asked about his approach to his role this season. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)
James Hurst did not practice for the second consecutive day Thursday and has sat out the Ravens’ past three games, all losses. But the starting right tackle ruled out undergoing surgery to fix whatever is ailing his back.
“Not right now, no,” the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Hurst said when asked Thursday morning if surgery is an option. “That’s not what we’re thinking. It’s not a surgery thing. So that’s obviously exciting. That was one of the first questions my wife probably asked me. But it’s not that. I’ve seen a lot of progress in what we’re doing. So we’re just going to continue along that path.”
Hurst said he did not have a timetable for his return to practice or a game.
“Just as soon as I’m healthy,” he said. “We’re working to get back. I’m working every day and getting better every single day. I’m really hopeful about the progress that I’ve made and just following the program and trusting all the people we’ve got working on it.”
Hurst, 27, started the first six games before his back flared up the day before the team’s 24-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 21. Since then, rookieOrlando Brown Jr. has made three straight starts at right tackle, and Hurst offered praise for the third-round draft pick’s play.
“He’s done great,” he said. “I’m really proud of him. I knew he would. He’s a very talented guy and has been blessed with a lot of physical traits that anyone would want. He’s been working hard for this opportunity, and he’s definitely taken advantage.”
In addition to Hurst, quarterbacksJoe Flacco (right hip) andLamar Jackson(illness) and defensive backAnthony Levine Sr. (ankle) did not take part in Thursday’s practice.Robert Griffin III was the only quarterback on the field inside the team’s indoor training facility in Owings Mills.
Strong safetyTony Jefferson (thigh) returned after sitting out Wednesday’s session and practiced on a limited basis. He was joined by left tackleRonnie Stanley (left ankle) and outside linebackerTim Williams (right ankle), who were limited for the second consecutive day.
Slot cornerbackTavon Young (ankle) practiced fully for the second straight day.
The Ravens need a win Sunday to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the AFC playoffs. But outside linebacker Terrell Suggs dismissed the notion of revenge against Cincinnati.“We were supposed to handle their [stuff] in the first game. We didn’t do that,” he said. “No, we don’t owe anybody one. We owe ourselves one. We handle our business. We can’t be worried about anything. This is football. Games are won and lost in this league. Things happen. We owe ourselves one. I’ll say that.” … CornerbackJaylen Hill participated in Thursday’s session shortly after the Ravens announced that he was cleared to practice and had been removed from the physically-unable-to-perform list. Hill, an undrafted rookie in 2017 who made the team’s active roster, played in six games before suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. The Ravens will have three weeks to add him to the active roster or keep him on the sideline for the remainder of the season. … Three Bengals starters in linebackersPreston Brown (knee) andNick Vigil (knee) and wide receiverA.J. Green (toe) missed practice for the second consecutive day. Starting cornerbackDre Kirkpatrick (concussion) practiced Thursday on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday’s session. Four other starters in linebackerVontaze Burfict (hip), running backJoe Mixon (knee), right guardAlex Redmond (hamstring) andwide receiver John Ross (groin) were limited.