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Baltimore Ravens

Ravens WR Sammy Watkins returns to practice; RB Latavius Murray, RT Patrick Mekari still sidelined

Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins returned to practice Thursday, raising hopes that the team could have its top three wide receivers available for the first time all season Sunday.

Watkins, who has 18 catches for 292 yards in five games this season, has been sidelined with a thigh injury since he was hurt in the Ravens’ Week 5 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman made his NFL debut a week later and has helped ease the load on Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, making seven catches for 109 yards over two games.

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Watkins was a limited participant Thursday. If his recovery improves Friday, he could be available for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Six players on the Ravens’ 53-man roster were not present for the open portion of practice. Quarterback Tyler Huntley (illness), running back Latavius Murray (ankle), right tackle Patrick Mekari (ankle) and defensive tackle Brandon Williams (shoulder) missed their second straight workout. Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, who was designated to return from injured reserve last week, was also absent.

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Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva and cornerback Jimmy Smith, meanwhile, missed their first practice of the week. Both were resting.

In Minnesota, the Vikings ruled starting center Garrett Bradbury out of Sunday’s game after he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Bradbury has started all 39 regular-season games for Minnesota since he was drafted in the first round in 2019.

Former Ravens standout and current starting defensive tackle Michael Pierce (elbow) did not practice for the Vikings on Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Starting outside linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), reserve defensive tackle James Lynch (toe) and reserve cornerback Cameron Dantzler (ankle) were limited.


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