The Baltimore Ravens have enjoyed a nice first half off the preseason so far.
In Week 1, they saw the offensive starters execute a beautiful drive on the very first set of the game leading them to a 23-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In Week 2, the offensive starters looked good once again, but the defensive starters were the side of the ball to be excited about. So far, the team has been good all around.
In Week 3 of the 2014 NFL preseason, the Ravens will face off against their buddies from right down I-95: the Washington Redskins. The last time the Ravens faced the Redskins was when defensive tackle Haloti Ngata injured then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee, which later ended up turning into an ACL tear. RGIII would participate in the entire 2013 campaign, but did not look the same. Don’t think for one second that the Redskins staff or the fans have forgotten about that.
However, the Ravens have a couple impactful injuries of their own that have occurred in training camp and preseason. With that being said, let’s take a look at who will playing in this game for the Ravens , and who won’t be:
The Ravens’ top three cornerbacks on the depth chart will not see the field in week three of the preseason and likely won’t see any preseason action.
Number one corner Lardarius Webb was initially ruled out of just the first two preseason games, but the team stated earlier this week that he will miss the entire preseason.
Jimmy Smith left last week’s contest against the Dallas Cowboys with a bruised chest. He was seen spitting up blood in the locker room later that night, but the X-rays came back negative and the Ravens are hoping that this injury is relatively minor.
The good news coming from these injuries is that younger guys such as Tramain Jacobs, Deji Olatoye, and Sammy Seamster will see a big increase in their playing time. It also means that cornerbacks Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks, who were fighting Asa Jackson for the third cornerback spot, will likely be the two starters at that position.
Rackley has missed the majority of training camp and has yet to see the playing field.
As for Reid, he recently suffered his concussion in Monday’s practice. In Reid’s absence, offensive tackle David Mims could see some increased snaps as he competes for a roster spot.
Game-time decision – TE Owen Daniels (fatigued legs)
Daniels has been sidelined for quite some time not with an injury, but fatigued legs. He missed last week’s preseason game and has been absent from training camp for about two weeks.
However, John Harbaugh has said numerous times that this is not a real injury and there should be no concern. “There’s no kind of injury in there,” Harbaugh said. “It’s just a fatigue factor, and he needs time.”