The Ravens certainly aren’t the healthiest team in the league right now. The good news is, most of the injuries they are currently ailing from aren’t the kind that will carry over into the regular season. Almost every player missing practice this week is expected to be just fine for the regular season, which is excellent news. Lets take a look at who won’t be playing and who is on the fence in this week’s Ravens vs. Redskins injury report.
Lardarius Webb (back), Jimmy Smith (chest), Asa Jackson (ankle), Jah Reid (head), Will Rackley (head)
John Harbaugh announced following Thursday’s practice that his top three cornerbacks – Webb, Smith, and Jackson – would miss Saturday night’s game. Webb is out for the remainder of the preseason, and Smith may be joining him as well. Jackson has improved after suffering an ankle sprain, but it just doesn’t make sense for the team to risk further injuring anyone at what is already a thin position.
Expect to see Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks starting against the Redskins, along with plenty of reps for camp star Tramain Jacobs and fellow roster hopefuls Sammy Seamster and Deji Olatoye.
It should prove to be an interesting test of depth against big armed Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and newly signed deep threat wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Reid remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol following his injury during Monday’s practice, which opens the door for undrafted rookie David Mims to get more snaps against the Redskins. Reid has been running as the backup to newly minted starting right tackle Rick Wagner. Rackley has been sidelined for most of the offseason with his concussion.
Owen Daniels (leg), Brett Van Sloten (knee)
Van Sloten has missed a few practices this week after suffering a knee injury against the Cowboys, and his status is unknown for Saturday night. The undrafted rookie tackle is probably a roster long shot at this point, but the team has only listed his injury as “undisclosed,” so we really have no idea if he will suit up or not.
Daniels has missed the last week of practice with what the Ravens are saying is simply “fatigue.” The long time veteran tight end isn’t suffering from any known injury, and the team is likely just trying to get him rested for the regular season. We would imagine that he is a long shot to play against the Redskins, but at this point it’s hard to say for sure.
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