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.
Timmy Jernigan, who is the man tabbed to replace Haloti Ngata after the Pro Bowl defensive lineman was traded to the Detroit Lions in March, and Carl Davis represent the most recent additions to a defensive line group that throughout the Ravens history has been the franchise's premier strength, due to its depth and continuity among the coaches and players.
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.
Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan suffered an apparent right knee injury on the fourth defensive play of the game Saturday against the Washington Redskins, while offensive lineman Ryan Jensen left the game with a head injury and is in the concussion protocol, the team announced.
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.
With their wide receivers and defensive backs mostly healed, the Ravens' latest depth issue appears to be on the defensive line, where defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, and defensive end DeAngelo Tyson missed practice Tuesday.
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.
The 2015 Ravens will be together as a full team for the first time this week with workouts scheduled from Tuesday through Thursday at the Under Armour Performance Center. Players will practice for the final time before the start of training camp in July.
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.