By Samuel Njoku
The Ravens haven’t been at full strength since the season began. This season will ultimately be determined by how healthy the Ravens can get between now and November. Baltimore took a step in the right direction this week as a few prominent players made their return to practice.
Jacoby Jones hasn’t seen the field since getting injured in Baltimore’s season opener against the Denver Broncos. But this week Jones saw the practice field, albeit on a limited basis. The Ravens are limping right now at the receiver position and his return could really bolster a group that has suffered through the first four games of the season.
“I’m taking my time with this,” Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones told reporters. “I don’t want to try and blow it out all at once.”
That’s not a ringing endorsement by a player coming off of a knee injury, but his participation in practice this week is a good sign that he’s close to making a return. With the way Marlon Brown has looked this week, Jones return may be imperative.
Brown suffered a thigh injury during last week’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Things looked bleak for the wide receiver this week as he missed both the Wednesday and Thursday practice. But his return to practice on practice on Friday should give fans hope that he can play in Miami on Sunday.
“Everything is fine,” stated Marlon Brown. It’s not a big deal. It’s just a little hamstring strain. It could always be worse.”
Brandon Stokely is dealing with a thigh/groin injury as well. Deonte Thompson is dealing with the concussion he suffered last Sunday. He passed all of his tests and though he’s listed as questionable, he will most likely play. That leaves Torrey Smith as the only healthy wide receiver on the roster. With the poor play Baltimore has received out of their tight end group, the offense could be in trouble against Miami.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Ravens aren’t as banged up. Arthur Brown is dealing with a shoulder injury that has bothered him for a few weeks. Marcus Spears is dealing with a knee injury but it doesn’t appear to be too serious. In fact, the only injury that people should keep an eye on is Terrence Cody who suffered a knee sprain against Houston. Coach Harbaugh was optimistic that he could play against Miami but the defensive tackle won’t suit up against Miami.
Baltimore Ravens Injury Report:
DT Terrence Cody (knee)
C Ryan Jensen (foot)
LB Arthur Brown (shoulder)
WR Marlon Brown (thigh)
RB Shaun Draughn (ankle)
WR Jacoby Jones (knee)
LB Albert McClellan (shoulder)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)
WR Brandon Stokley (thigh)
WR Deonte Thompson (concussion_
CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)
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Samuel Njoku was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Samuel has covered the Ravens for Examiner.com since 2010. Prior to 2010, Samuel was an avid blogger and radio personality in Salisbury, MD. Samuel Njoku is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @Ravens_Examiner.