Baltimore Ravens Finish Last Practice Before Preseason Game, Injuries Loom


Jul 30, 2015; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens strong safety Will Hill (33) covers defensive back Nick Perry (36) during coverage drill on day one of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens’ final practice before their first preseason game Thursday was not a typical one. After starting on the outdoor fields, a thunderstorm forced the team to move to the indoor facilities.

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The fans in attendance had to leave after the weather moved in, but the Ravens are doing their best to make it up to the fans. In a bright red advisory banner on the team’s website, those fans are going to be contacted to attend another training camp practice next year.

Compared to previous practices, Tuesday’s was not very intense at all. Some insiders described the practice almost like a walkthrough, which is just as head coach John Harbaugh said would happen. The team had on full pads during Monday’s practice.

The head coach also said earlier that the chances for players to play in Thursday’s preseason matchup against the New Orleans Saints would be unlikely if they missed this week’s practices. The major concern was the rookie Breshad Perriman, who had missed nine-straight practices headed into Tuesday.

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Even with the lighter practice, the rookie along with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (foot) and offensive guards John Urschel (concussion) and Robert Myers (concussion) were held out. Cornerback Lardarius Webb (hamstring) and safety Kendrick Lewis (leg) returned to practice.

Harbaugh also said the cases would be taken on an individual basis. However, with Perriman missing 10-straight practices, the chances he plays Thursday are not looking very good.

Ravens’ beat writer for the Baltimore Sun Jeff Zrebiec had a discussion on Twitter with a fan; in which, he said it could be a possibility that the rookie receiver misses another week of practice. At that point, the season opener could be in jeopardy.

To refresh memories, Perriman’s injury was originally said to be “minor,” and he would only miss a couple of days. The question is just how badly he injured the knee that it hasn’t healed to this point.

Zrebiec also pointed out in his Twitter discussion that Webb’s back injury last training camp was defined as “minor” originally before the cornerback ended up missing most of training camp.

In other injury news, defensive tackle Brent Urban posted on Twitter about his surgery to repair his torn biceps, which was earlier reported. The surgery is expected to keep him off the field for 12-14 weeks.

The Ravens have the choice of putting him on the IR-designation to return spot, so he could return later this year. However, the team could also use it on safety Matt Elam, but the team can only have one player with such a designation. However, according to Zrebiec, this decision does not have to be made right now.

With Urban’s injury, the team is looking to the rookie Carl Davis to step up. He was already slated to play a good bit this year. However now, it looks like he is going to have to contribute right away.

He still has some work to be done, and the Ravens will get to see the rookie in action for the first time Thursday in real-game action. The team will not practice Wednesday, but will have a walkthrough before their first preseason game.

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