The Ravens returned to practice Monday after getting the mandatory four days off for the bye week. Harbaugh said that the bye week provided players with a good opportunity to get some rest and spend some time with their families, and all of them came back on time and "with a lot of enthusiasm."
Looking at which Baltimore Ravens got a lot of playing time and which Ravens rode the pine in the first seven games of the 2013 season. Only five players, including middle linebacker Daryl Smith, have played every snap.
After being sidelined for more than 10 months with a spinal cord injury, Ravens weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain returned to the field Sunday. And he didn't just play. McClain started and played a major role in the 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The blocking scheme the Ravens will use today will be the same as last season, according to a team source, who also said that both running backs, Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, still have not fully recovered from injuries suffered in the preseason.
While Eugene Monroe was largely solid in his starting debut since being acquired via trade with the notable exception of a sack and forced fumble allowed to outside linebacker Nick Perry, the offensive line overall had far too many breakdowns.
But more than a third of the way through this season, the Ravens search for a competent running game remains mystifying and Ravens running back Ray Rice, their three-time Pro Bowl back, has provided far more questions than answers.
The Ravens managed to rush for only three yards on four runs during a first-and-goal situation as running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce were stonewalled by the Green Bay Packers' defense. Rice generated just three yards on three runs to his right before Pierce got zero yards on a failed 4th-and-1 plunge behind left guard Kelechi Osemele instead of kicking a field goal.
They could have been referring to first quarters or first downs and both would have been applicable. Success early in games and early on drives remains elusive for the Ravens and coach John Harbaugh and his staff has apparently tired of watching the same thing play out every week.
One positive development from Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers was the return of injured wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who returned kickoffs and made an 11-yard touchdown reception. The Ravens limited his usage, though. Jones played just 17 offensive snaps and six snaps on special teams. More on that and other snap count observations.
Ravens standout nose tackle Haloti Ngata is listed as questionable on the injury report even though coach John Harbaugh said that the Pro Bowl defensive lineman is set to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
When Pierce broke off a 28-yard run during the third quarter of the Ravens' 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins, it set the tone for an impressive 11-play, 94-yard drive capped by running back Ray Rice's three-yard touchdown run.