Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson talks about preparing this week to play the Bengals. He's still not certain if he'll start if Joe Flacco cannot play due to his injury. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)
While much of Wednesday’s news centered on the status of quarterbackJoe Flacco’s injured right hip, another starter made an appearance at the Ravens’ first practice since their bye week.
Left tackleRonnie Stanley participated in Wednesday afternoon’s session on a limited basis, which he predicted before practice.
“I’ll be doing some things today,” he said. “I’ll be out there. It won’t be full, but I’ll be there.”
Stanley said the left ankle injury that he suffered in the team’s 36-21 loss at the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 28 and sidelined him for a 23-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 4 is improving.
Asked if he could play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals if he is limited all week or must participate fully, Stanley said: “You can go either way. I would love to get in a full practice, but if it so happens that I have to wait until game day, then so be it.”
If Stanley can’t play,Jermaine Eluemunor, who started at left tackle against Pittsburgh, would be available. Stanley declined to speculate on whether he will be able to return against Cincinnati.
“It’s just day by day,” he said. “We’ll see. It’ll be up to Coach [John Harbaugh].”
In addition to Stanley, outside linebackerTim Williams (right ankle) was limited Wednesday. Flacco, right tackleJames Hurst(back) and strong safetyTony Jefferson (thigh) did not practice. Slot cornerbackTavon Young (ankle) was a full participant.
The Bengals practiced without four starters in linebackersPreston Brown (knee) andNick Vigil (knee), wide receiverA.J. Green (toe) and cornerbackDre Kirkpatrick (concussion).
Green did not play in Sunday’s 51-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints and is expected to miss another game. Vigil has sat out three consecutive games.
Canady played in the team’s season-opening 47-3 win over the Buffalo Bills, but was deactivated for the next two games before getting moved to injured reserve Sept. 17. The team has a three-week window to add Canady to the active roster or send him back to IR.
“I’m just looking to create any type of spark that I can,” the 2016 sixth-round draft pick said. “I just want to be an impact player whenever I do touch the field.”
Study hall for Montgomery
Running back/wide receiverTy Montgomery did not make his debut with the Ravens in the loss against the Steelers after being acquired Oct. 30 in a trade that sent a 2020 seventh-round choice to the Green Bay Packers.
But Harbaughsaid Montgomery — who has 26 carries for 105 yards and one touchdown, 15 catches for 170 yards and 10 kickoff returns for an average of 21 yards this season — is actively involved with the coaches on the offensive side of the ball and might be available Sunday against the Bengals.
“He’s really working hard at it,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not as easy as you think. The terminology is tough — we talked about it last week — the plays are a little different, the reads are a little different. Those are all things that he’s working really hard on. I’m very confident he could go in and play and play well, and he might. He’s working hard at it. The next three days are going to be really important that way because these are three specific practices toward actually what we’re going to run in the game, and I want to see what he looks like with that stuff.”
Nine days after saying that Kenneth Dixon’s return from injured reserve is complicated by what Harbaugh described as “issues,” the Ravens coach had no new information on the running back, who has not played since suffering a knee injury against Buffalo. “Have had no clarity on Kenneth Dixon’s status,” Harbaugh said. … Free safetyEric Weddle is the Ravens’ nominee for theArt RooneySportsmanship Award, which honors one player throughout the league who exemplifies sportsmanship on the field. The winner will be announced the night before the Super Bowl. … The team announced Wednesday that it added running backTyler Ervin to the practice squad. Ervin was a 2016 fourth-round draft pick by the Houston Texans, who employed him as their primary return specialist, including this fall, when he averaged 25.3 yards on 10 kick returns. But he sat out the past 12 games of last season because of a torn patellar tendon and was waived by Houston on Nov. 7. To make room for Ervin, the team released cornerback Makinton Dorleant.