Running back Justin Forsett (ankle), guard Marshal Yanda (ankle), and defensive end Lawrence Guy returned to practice for the Ravens Thursday after missing Wednesday, while seven others sat out through injury and rest days.
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, defensive end Chris Cant, and wide receiver Darren Waller all returned to practice Wednesday after spells sidelined with injury, but the team still had eight absences as preparations began for Monday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (back), running back Justin Forsett (ankle), and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (groin) are all active for the Baltimore RavensSunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Ravens today promoted rookie running back Terrence Magee from their practice squad to their 53-man roster, a move that calls into question whether starting back Justin Forsett will be ready to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg confirmed on Thursday that Steve Smith Sr. will remain the Ravens' primary punt returner, maintaining that the wide receiver is the team's best option in that role.
For months, they've heard the talk about how they could be the weak link of an otherwise championship-caliber team. They've been reminded about their roles in blowing two 14-point leads in an AFC divisional playoff loss to the New England Patriots in January. They've dealt with injuries and change, and now the Ravens' secondary gets another challenge: Peyton Manning.
In his first comments since the Ravens trimmed their roster to the 53-man group they essentially began the week with, coach John Harbaugh said there were several positions where the team had tough decisions to make.
In getting down to a 53-man roster Saturday, the Ravens showed a willingness to move on from their draft picks, the importance that they place on special teams and how much they value having defensive depth.
Wide receivers Daniel Brown, who caught a touchdown and blocked a punt in Thursday night's preseason-closing loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and Tom Nelson, offensive tackle Blaine Clausell, inside linebacker Andrew Bose and cornerback Quinton Pointer were all let go. Their releases leave the Ravens with 70 players, meaning that they'll have to make 17 more moves by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) returned to practice Monday to participate in individual drills after missing over two weeks with an unspecified soft tissue injury, and joins a wide receiver competition that thanks in part to several injuries hasn¿t yielded results in the preseason.
After two preseason games, the Ravens' kick and punt return situation isn't any clearer than it was when training camp began. A lack of opportunities, coupled by a few injuries, have prevented the coaching staff from settling on one candidate to replace Jacoby Jones as return specialist.
Terrell Suggs' low hit on quarterback Sam Bradford, which drew a roughing the passer penalty and prompted at least one Philadelphia Eagles player to call the outside linebacker a dirty player, got all the attention. But it was only one of 17 penalties for 139 total yards for the Ravens.
Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell's interception of Flacco's pass late in the first quarter not only cost them Hurst, but running back Lorenzo Taliaferro as well. Taliaferro ended up underneath Maxwell and Hurst on the sideline tackle, and got up slowly after the play.
As the Ravens get ready to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in their second preseason contest, their cornerback situation is far less concerning than it was a year earlier. Even with Lardarius Webb again sidelined with an injury, the team has a healthy Jimmy Smith, along with a mix of battle-tested veterans and young unheralded corners who are finally getting an opportunity.
Ravens safety Terrence Brooks, who was on the physically unable to perform list following last year¿s season-ending knee injury, returned to practice Tuesday as the Ravens held their final open training camp practice in Owings Mills.
After Sunday's off day, the Ravens were in full pads for Monday's workout, which started at 10 a.m. and finished up at 12:45 p.m. It was one of the hottest days of camp and several Ravens struggled to deal with the heat. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh had the players take an extended water break a little more than halfway through practice.
Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan returned to practice Saturday after missing several days with a foot injury, while cornerback Asa Jackson, wide receiver Kamar Aiken, and outside linebacker Steven Means were out with apparent injuries suffered in Thursday¿s preseason opener.
A pair of quick three-and-outs meant the Ravens starting defense watched the final three quarters of Thursday's last-second 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints as satisfied but interested spectators when their backups took over. They watched the reserves concede five scoring drives in seven tries, not counting the Saints' Hail Mary attempt at the final whistle, and saw a unit that lacked experience struggle to meet the Ravens' lofty standard.