Defensive linemen Brandon Williams, Carl Davis back at Ravens practice on Wednesday

The Ravens opened practice for Sunday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings with the return of two starters on the defensive line.

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams and defensive end Carl Davis participated fully in Wednesday’s practice. Williams sat out the past four games because of a left foot injury, while Davis missed Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears. Rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill (hamstring) was also a full participant.

Before practice, coach John Harbaugh was thrilled about having Williams – who signed a five-year, $52.5 million contract with $27.5 million guaranteed – back for a run defense that has surrendered 100 yards to an opposing running back in two of the team’s past three games.

“It’s important,” Harbaugh said. “Obviously, he’s a great player. When you take a great player out of the middle of your defense, it’s going to have an impact. That’s not to take away from what the other guys did. I think the other guys played very well, especially for where they’re at in their career.”

The Ravens also activated cornerback Maurice Canady from short-term injured reserve. Canady, a sixth-round draft pick in 2016, had been projected to replace Tavon Young – who tore the ACL in his left knee on June 1 – as the primary slot cornerback. But Canady tore cartilage in his knee on July 29.

“He’ll start his three-week process toward becoming active,” Harbaugh said of Canady. “We’ll see where he’s at. We’ll watch him out there and see how he moves and we’ll see how he does.”

As if the shoulder injury and concussion to wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Breshad Perriman, respectively, were not worrisome enough, the Ravens revealed Wednesday afternoon that fellow starter Mike Wallace was limited in practice by a back problem.

Wallace leads the offense in receiving yards with 239 and is the most dangerous deep threat on the roster. With Maclin working his way back after sitting out Sunday’s loss and Perriman in the concussion protocol, facing the Vikings without Wallace could be a difficult assignment.

Maclin and strong safety Anthony Levine Sr. (thigh) were also limited in Wednesday’s session.

The Ravens worked without tight ends Benjamin Watson (knee) and Maxx Williams (left ankle), right guard Matt Skura (sprained right knee), cornerback Jimmy Smith (Achilles tendon), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (mouth), running back Terrance West (left calf) and rookie outside linebacker Tim Williams (thigh).

Minnesota’s list of absent players included four starters: outside linebacker Anthony Barr (concussion, ankle), quarterback Sam Bradford (knee), wide receiver Stefon Diggs (groin), and left guard Nick Easton (calf).

Two other starters, cornerback Xavier Rhodes (shoulder) and strong safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), were limited. Starting running back Jerick McKinnon (ankle) participated fully.

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