The Ravens made their signing of quarterback Ryan Mallett official Tuesday as part of a six-player set of transactions that saw two players waived and veteran defensive end Chris Canty placed on season-ending injured reserve.
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.
Tight end Crockett Gillmore and defensive end Chris Canty, who suffered game-ending calf strains in back-to-back games in the first month of the season, both have a ¿chance¿ to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, coach John Harbaugh said.
Ravens starting tight end Crockett Gillmore and rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman missed a second straight practice Tuesday after the former was limited for the entire second half Sunday against the Bengals, and the latter appeared to tweak his sprained right knee in pregame warmups.
Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and defensive end Chris Canty were the only two new absentees as the Ravens resumed practice this week ahead of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, while wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and left tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion) remained out.
Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan returned to practice Thursday after nearly three weeks out with a knee injury, making it possible he¿ll be available for the season opener Sunday at the Denver Broncos.
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.
Carl Davis has quickly grown accustomed to a full game's workload in the NFL. No Ravens defensive linemen has played more this preseason than the third-round pick out of Iowa, and he doesn't expect that to change in Thursday's preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons.
Defensive end Lawrence Guy on Tuesday returned from a knee injury suffered Saturday against the Washington Redskins, giving the Ravens a boost at a defensive line position that could be thin in the final preseason game.
Six offensive linemen -- including two starters and two top reserves -- didn't dress for Saturday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the Ravens with 11 offensive linemen for the game.
After nearly three weeks of training camp in often hot and sticky conditions, several Ravens players spoke excitedly about this week's joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles. The practices, which will start Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia and run through Friday, are a precursor to Saturday's night's preseason game between the two teams at Lincoln Financial Field.
Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan's injury, which forced him to sit out the Ravens' preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, was a relatively minor one. However, it created some angst given that the second-year player has had some health issues in the past, including last season when he missed four games with a meniscus injury in his knee. The Ravens are also counting on him to replace longtime fixture Haloti Ngata along the defensive front.
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.
Joe Flacco and the starting offense engineered a 16-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on their first and only possession. The starting defense forced the New Orleans Saints to go three-and-out. And the Ravens seemingly emerged from the game without any significant injuries to frontline players.
There seems to be a consensus among football pundits leaguewide: The Ravens, who annually lose veteran talent and replace it with young and unproven players, will again enter the season as one of the better teams in the AFC, and in good position to make the playoffs for the seventh time in head coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons.
The Baltimore Sun is breaking down where the Ravens stand at each position, including predictions on how many players the team will keep at each spot and which players are locks, long shots or ¿on the bubble.¿
The Ravens managed to lower veteran punter Sam Koch's salary-cap figure by $700,000 when they signed him to a five-year, $16.25 million contract extension, according to NFL Players Association records and league sources.