A team has two goals heading into the preseason: to determine which players will and will not make the roster and to make sure that some of their star players don’t get injured. One of those has not been achieved over the last few weeks. Through the first two weeks of the preseason, the Baltimore Ravens have suffered a number of injuries.
The team sat 15 players in Saturday’s matchup with the Eagles and suffered a couple of other significant injuries during the game. Backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro left this game early on with a knee injury and did not return. Both wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Michael Campanaro missed this game. Perriman is no surprise though, as he hasn’t practiced with the team since July 30.
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Veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb did not play for a second consecutive week, being sidelined with a hamstring injury. Defensive linemen Chris Canty and Kapron Lewis-Moore both missed this game, which is very concerning when you put into account that defensive end Brent Urban could be lost for the entire season due to a torn biceps.
However, the biggest concern comes up front with offensive line.
Two starting linemen (Ricky Wagner and Kelechi Osemele) both missed this game with foot injuries. Backup linemen Jah Reid and John Urschel did not participate in this game either, which forced the Ravens to play all-pro guard Marshal Yanda and left tackle to the lack of depth at the position. It only got worse Saturday night as James Hurst and De’Ondre Wesley left with their own injures.
It has been a mess for the Ravens so far and things cannot possibly get worse from here. The good news is that the linebackers have stayed healthy so far and they are the heart amd soul of this defense.
All we can do from now until the final seconds of the last preseason game is hope that the team does not suffer any injuries from this point forward and that the players that are currently rattled up will make healthy recoveries.
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