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.
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe hasn't been cleared to practice all week because of a "pretty serious bruise" on his right forearm, an injury suffered Saturday when the Ravens lost three tackles to injury in a 40-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Injuries prevented the Ravens' top backups from playing valuable snaps Saturday night. With the regular season creeping closer, offensive line depth is being put under the type of strain that could cripple it were it not for the extra players afforded by a 90-man training camp roster.
There were times in the joint practices when the Philadelphia Eagles effortlessly moved the ball on the Ravens starting defense, while the Ravens starting offense remained bogged down in its own territory on the adjacent field. That's how Saturday's game went, too.
With several offensive linemen looking as though they would miss the Ravens' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach John Harbaugh said Friday that it would be incumbent on those who were healthy to step in and play, no matter their experience.
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.
The Ravens began stretching and getting used to their surroundings on the field at around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, in full pads for the first of three practices with the Philadelphia Eagles at their Novacare Complex. Here are five early observations from the practice.
Reserve guard John Urschel returned to practice Wednesday after missing nearly two weeks with a concussion, while rookie tight end Maxx Williams was back after leaving Monday¿s practice and missing Tuesday.
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.
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."
Sidelined last year after suffering major injuries during training camp in August, Brent Urban and Karpron Lewis-Moore are back on the practice field and expected to be part of the Ravens' defensive line rotation this season.
Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens¿ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.
After a season in which Joe Flacco was sacked barely more than once per game, a journeyman running back ran for more than 1,200 yards, and the line blocked for the league's sixth-best rushing attack, the unit that took the worst of the criticism for 2013's 8-8 campaign emerged as a strength last season, and potentially for years to come.