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Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams returns to practice, does not participate

The Ravens welcomed back a big piece of their defense to the practice field, but he did not participate Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams, whose absence was glaring in Sunday's blowout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, was back at practice Wednesday. However, it's still too early to know if he'll be able to play Sunday when the Ravens (2-1) face the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) in an early battle for first place in the AFC North.

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Williams was sidelined Sunday because of a foot injury he suffered in the Week 2 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Williams was one of four players who did not participate in practice, along with tight ends Maxx Williams and Benjamin Watson and rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill.

Like Brandon Williams, Maxx Williams sat out the Jaguars game because of an ankle injury.

Watson appears to be getting a standard veteran's day off.

Hill has been sidelined for nearly a month because of a hamstring injury that occurred in the final full practice before the Ravens' Aug. 31 preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints.

Pittsburgh took part in Wednesday's session without six starters in running back Le'Veon Bell (non injury-related), wide receiver Martavis Bryant (illness), strong safety Sean Davis (ankle), left guard Ramon Foster (thumb), free safety Michael Mitchell (hamstring) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (non injury-related).

Starting tight end Jesse James (shoulder) participated on a limited basis. Three starters in right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), defensive end Stephon Tuitt (biceps) and rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt (groin) practiced fully.

End zone: Safety Eric Weddle poked fun at his previous employer, the Los Angeles Chargers, who are 0-3 in the AFC West behind the Kansas City Chiefs (3-0), the Denver Broncos (2-1) and the Oakland Raiders (2-1). "The records, obviously, they've got three great teams that are playing really good football and one that's not doing so good," he said before grinning. … Asked if his body clock was back to normal after spending the weekend in London, coach John Harbaugh replied, "I was up pretty late helping [daughter] Alison with her homework. The stuff they do nowadays in school, have you seen the math? I can come up with the answer, but she was like, 'Well, the teacher won't let us do it that way.' Why? It's the right answer. Times have changed. But I feel good this morning." … The team filled Urban's spot on the 53-man active roster by signing former Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny. A sixth-year pro, Freeny started in 11 games over the past two seasons and provides much-needed depth at inside linebacker where the position has been manned starters C.J. Mosley and Kamalei Correa and backup Patrick Onwuasor. … The Ravens re-signed second-year tight end Ryan Malleck to the practice squad after waiving rookie linebacker Boseko Lokombo on Tuesday. … The team announced that it will wear its black jerseys for Sunday's game. ... Friday's Ravens-M&T Bank rally scheduled for 12 p.m. at White Marsh Mall has been postponed. A new date and time has not been announced.

Baltimore Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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