With tight end Crockett Gillmore (back) and Maxx Williams (concussion) dealing with injuries and Nick Boyle suspended for the remainder of the regular season, the Ravens added a pair of tight ends Tuesday.
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.
Ravens starting left tackle Eugene Monroe is inactive for the fourth time this season, this time with a shoulder injury suffered Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals, leaving reserve James Hurst to start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
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.
Rookie tight ends Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle both started Thursday with Crockett Gillmore sidelined with a calf injury, and wide receiver Darren Waller played his most significant role yet after injuries at wide receiver. Defensive tackle Carl Davis started a second straight game at defensive tackle, and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith picked up two consecutive sacks to end a Steelers drive.
As he enters his second NFL season, Crockett Gillmore acknowledges that he has a lot to learn, but he has become the leader of the league's youngest tight end group out of necessity. When the Ravens open the regular season against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field, they can look to the opposite sideline for a reminder of the young movement that they've undergone at the tight end position.
Rookie tight end Maxx Williams and starting offensive linemen Eugene Monroe and Kelechi Osemele were among several prominent players on the Ravens offense who didn't dress for Saturday's preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
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.
While we learned a little last week about Joe Flacco's adjustment to Marc Trestman's version of the West Coast offense, Timmy Jernigan's ascension to the starting defensive line and just how much longer 36-year-old wide receiver Steve Smith might play in the NFL, all of that has been sufficiently discussed and dissected.
The NFLPA issued a press release stating that first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman, second-round tight end Maxx Williams and fourth-round running back Buck Allen are confirmed to attend the four-day program.
Maxx Williams was effective but not spectacular for the Gophers, catching 36 passes for 569 yards and eight touchdowns last season. But his new team has a darn-good track record when it comes to selecting tight ends high in the draft.