Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith returned to practice Thursday a day after resting his sore Achilles. However, the Ravens were still missing six players and had another three wearing noncontact jerseys as they continued preparation for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
Running back Terrance West (calf), wide receivers Michael Campanaro (shoulder) and Chris Matthews (hamstring), tight end Nick Boyle (toe), defensive lineman Michael Pierce (illness) and safety Chuck Clark (undisclosed) all remained sidelined from practice.
West, Campanaro and Matthews have all missed games in recent weeks and are not expected to play Sunday. The status of Boyle, Pierce and Clark is not as clear.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), tight end Vince Mayle (concussion) and left tackle Ronnie Stanley (shoulder) all practiced with noncontact jerseys.
Center Ryan Jensen (shoulder) and safety Lardarius Webb (concussion) had noncontact jerseys on during Wednesday's practice, but were not wearing them today.
Looking for a returner: Campanaro, the team's primary punt returner for the first seven games, is expected to miss a second consecutive week with a shoulder injury. Griff Whalen, who fielded two of the first three punts last week against the Dolphins, has since been released. Webb, who has extensive experience fielding punts, was shaken up last week on a return and began the week in concussion protocol.
That's left some obvious questions as to who special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg will rely on to return punts against the Titans on Sunday.
"Well, we'd like to have everybody available. The good news is we have some guys that are very versatile players," Rosburg said. "We've got guys who can do a number of different things and you have some flexibility when guys get nicked, so, we'll see who's available this weekend when we get there. We'll have somebody back there when the return game starts."
Bobby Rainey Jr., who has been returning kickoffs for the Ravens, appears to be the most likely candidate to return punts if Webb isn't available or at full strength.
End zone: Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told quarterback Joe Flacco earlier this week that he should have showed off his stitched-up ear to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. "Have you guys seen it? Man alive," Mornhinweg said. "That would scare a bunch of the kids." … Rosburg acknowledged that he's concerned with the amount of pressure teams are getting on punter Sam Koch and kicker Justin Tucker. Tucker got a field-goal attempt blocked last week while the Jacksonville Jaguars appeared to alter a punt by Koch in Week 3. There have been several other close calls, too. "If there's anything that keeps special teams coaches awake at night, it's protection, because the first thing in being a really good special teams unit is being able to protect the punter, and being able to protect the kicker," Rosburg said. "We need to be improving that." … Tight end Delanie Walker (ankle), offensive linemen Jack Conklin (illness) and Quinton Spain (toe) and linebacker Nate Palmer (ankle) did not practice for the Titans on Thursday.