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.
A pair of injured Ravens offensive stars, running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., struck different tones Friday when discussing their chances of playing Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
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.
The Ravens¿ first touchdown drive of the game ¿ a 75-yard, seven-minute trek that gave them their first lead of the game ¿ represented much more than just seven points for an offense that has struggled to launch a running game through the opening weeks of the season.
Across the board, the running game has regressed. The holes aren't often there, and when they are, Justin Forsett hasn't hit them like he did a year ago. The proud and experienced unit, under fire, will be challenged by a short week of practice ahead of the AFC North matchup against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Through two games this season, running backs Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro are averaging seven yards per carry out of the shotgun formation — all of those carries coming in Sunday's 37-33 loss to the Oakland Raiders. But that duo, and rookie Buck Allen, averaged 2.82 yards per carry (34 rushes for 96 yards) when quarterback Joe Flacco was under center.
Even as the NFL shades every year closer toward offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's traditional aerial attack becoming the league norm, the Ravens will use the return of one of the game's best offensive lines and running back Justin Forsett to try and replicate the sucess of the ground game from 2014.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was regularly approached this offseason by fans who spoke excitedly about the start of the regular season. Knowing that the opener was still months away, Flacco said his response would be, "OK, take it easy." Now, Flacco is swept up in the excitement as well.
A major goal as the Ravens headed into training camp was to find one or two more playmakers, but none surfaced. The Ravens are content to remain status quo. Maybe they believe some young players need more time to develop, or there aren't any better candidates on the free-agent market.
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 running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, slated for a larger role in the offense as the primary backup to starter Justin Forsett this season, suffered a sprained MCL Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles and will be out several weeks, coach John Harbaugh said.
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.
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.
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.
Second-year back Lorenzo Taliaferro and rookie Buck Allen have been the top backups in camp, leaving Fitzgerald Toussaint and undrafted rookie Terrence Magee to battle for a spot on the back end of the roster. He's used to adversity, though.