The Ravens crossed a couple of more items off their offseason to-do list Friday, getting their first-round draft pick under contract, adding a veteran cornerback they've been seeking and creating some room on the back end of their roster.
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.
Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown hasn't been active for the past five weeks as he's dealt with a back injury, and coach John Harbaugh said Monday his season is essentially over as the issue continues to linger.
Ravens starting right tackle Rick Wagner is probable to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after missing Friday's practice for non-injury related reasons, while left guard Kelechi Osemele is probable and could return after missing two games with a knee injury.
A disappointing season for Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown has taken another difficult turn, as a back injury has kept him from climbing back up the depth chart after a bye week shuffle moved him down the wide receiver pecking order.
Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury, returned to practice Wednesday. He was listed as a full participant, a good sign for the Ravens who played Monday's game without three starting offensive linemen.
Starting left tackle Eugene Monroe and starting left guard Kelechi Osemele missed another day of practice for the Ravens Friday, bringing further into question their availability Monday at the Cleveland Browns.
Third-year player Marlon Brown is the Ravens' forgotten receiver. Of quarterback Joe Flacco's 159 attempts in four games this season, Brown has been targeted only 15 times with eight receptions. But that could change Sunday when the Ravens host the Cleveland Browns. With star receiver Steve Smith Sr. expected to miss the game because of a back injury, Brown will likely start as one of the two outside receivers along with Kamar Aiken.
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.
Wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) returned to practice Monday to participate in individual drills after missing over two weeks with an unspecified soft tissue injury, and joins a wide receiver competition that thanks in part to several injuries hasn¿t yielded results in the preseason.
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.
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.