The Baltimore Ravens have seen injuries become a big part of their 2021 season so far. The team currently has 15 players on injured reserve, including multiple key contributors that include running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, as well as cornerback Marcus Peters.
On Friday, Baltimore released their final injury report before their Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions. The list features quite a few players, and the Ravens have already ruled two of their guys out in offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe. However, the team did give positive news on a few of their players both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Good news for Baltimore from Friday’s injury report includes the fact that quarterback Lamar Jackson returned to practice after missing Thursday’s session with an illness. People began to speculate that Jackson’s absence was because of his flip into the endzone during Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but that was not the case.
Safety DeShon Elliott also returned to practice, as he missed both Wednesday and Thursday while dealing with a concussion. It’s unclear as to how far he’s gotten in the NFL’s concussion protocol or if he’s passed it altogether, but his return is a good sign for his availability for Week 3. Marquise Brown also returned to practice in limited fashion, following the same practice pattern as in Week 2, where he played against Kansas City.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith logged his first full practice since suffering an ankle injury in the very early stages of training camp, which means he’s at least trending towards playing against the Lions. Outside linebacker Daelin Hayes and cornerback Tavon Young also logged full sessions, so it appears that they should be good to go for Sunday barring any setbacks.
Both outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and inside linebacker Chris Board were new additions to the injury report of Friday as both did not practice. Hopefully the pair will be able to suit up in Week 3, as Baltimore’s front seven is very thin at the moment.