As former Ravens Daryl Smith and Courtney Upshaw made their first visits of free agency Thursday, the organization brought back two other members of last year's team. The Ravens announced Thursday that they've re-signed wide receiver Marlon Brown and outside linebacker Chris Carter.
Wide receiver Chris Givens (ankle) returned to practice after missing Wednesday¿s workout and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (back) and tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) practiced for a second straight day, but the Ravens still had eight players sidelined.
Late in the fourth period, some fans in the upper deck at M&T Bank Stadium were starting to make their way to the parking lot. The Ravens were behind by three points, but there was not much hope for this team. If you lose to the Browns, you're done.
Ravens' decision to use top receiver Steve Smith Sr. as their primary punt returner wasn't a one-game deal. Ravens special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg said Thursday that Smith will continue to be used in that role, believing that the 36-year-old remains the team's best option.
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.
In recent weeks, Arthur Brown has been a second-team inside linebacker and his spike in defensive and special teams snaps — both in practices and preseason games — suggest that the Ravens are trying to figure out where the 25-year-old fits in.
With cameras lining the sidewalk near the players' entrance of the Ravens facility in Owings Mills, stalwart outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was, predictably, the only player to acknowledge the attention given to the mundane act of showing up for work. Others entered the building with their head down, but Suggs — who became the Ravens' last remaining defensive star this offseason and spent the time away from the team facility enjoying his celebrity — gave a smile and a wave.
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.