Jerry Coleman joins Scott & Jeremy to discuss the latest Ravens news from the Castle in Owings Mills.
Given their recent injury scares, much attention was given to who was participating in practice and who was not as the Ravens began practice on Monday.
“Ray Rice was in the backfield today, but Jimmy Smith was missing, as was Lardarius Webb,” said Jerry Coleman.
“The Ray Rice injury really isn’t considered to be serious at all, and even if it was, he’s still sitting out the first two games,” Coleman added.
Although Rice’s shoulder injury is not serious, cornerback Jimmy Smith’s chest injury certainly looked to be concerning, but according to Jerry Coleman, it won’t affect his starting status.
“The good news is that Jimmy Smith is expected to play Saturday night against the Washington Redskins,” Coleman said.
“Webb, however, won’t play in that game or the game afterward, but he will be expected to play week one.”
The focus on whether or not the hurt Ravens will play this Saturday is a bit stronger because the week three preseason game is traditionally the “dress rehearsal” game, and ideally the Ravens’ staff would like to see as much from the starters as possible.
“This is the biggest of the preseason games, starters will go into the third quarter,” said Coleman. “We know that the Ravens are thin at corner right now, and when we asked Harbaugh about, it he talked up [corners] Chykie Brown and Deji Olatoye.”
That gives everyone an idea of just how crucial it is that Smith return healthy as soon as possible.
One of the biggest roster questions other than cornerback for the Ravens is that of Right Tackle. Ricky Wagner has been getting the majority of first-team reps at the position, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
“[Harbaugh] said Ricky’s been solid, and solid comes before good, which comes before great. So Wagner isn’t good or great just yet, but he’s looking like he’ll win the job,” said Coleman.
Another question that arose when Harbaugh spoke with the media was the status of second-string tight end Owen Daniels. Daniels hasn’t practiced of late, and the reason why has been muttered at best by the organization.
“He said he expects Owen Daniels to play this Saturday against the Redskins, even though he hasn’t been practicing all week,”
“They’re going to need Owen Daniels to be healthy in this version of the west coast offense which is so reliant on the tight ends,” Coleman added.