Injuries have been the biggest problem for the Baltimore Ravens as they try to get off to a fresh start in 2016.
Maybe Steve Bisciotti walked under a ladder. Maybe John Harbaugh opened an umbrella inside. Whatever caused it, the Ravens have had a string of bad luck. Last season was defined by the uncontrollable element of the game. An endless streak of injuries shattered the Ravens chances in 2015. The Ravens have entered the 2016 season with injuries as their chief concern.
The good news is that Joe Flacco is already back from his injury. The purple and black are still waiting for Steve Smith Sr. and Terrell Suggs however. The Ravens are still waiting to see their 2015 first round pick, Breshad Perriman.
The Ravens already have lost one player for the 2016 season. Bronson Kaufusi broke his ankle. Dennis Pitta sprained his finger in a fight. Kenneth Dixon had a minor knee injury that hampered him for a bit. Crockett Gillmore has had a hamstring problem. The Ravens string of bad luck on the injury front continues.
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The Ravens did focus on depth this offseason. When injuries take their toll, depth is the only thing that helps. The Ravens now have a plan B and a plan C at most positions. Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta did everything in their power to rebuild this team. The only thing they can do now is hope that the roster stands the tests of the season.
The Ravens will go into the regular season without giving fans a true preview of the year ahead. The offense will look different if and when Smith Sr. and Perriman are inserted into the lineup. The defense will look different when Suggs returns. Coach Harbaugh and company can only hope that a lack of continuity is not a side effect of the Ravens spree of injuries.
The Ravens have not gotten off to a hot start in several years. The team has lost three season openers in a row. Hopefully this changes this season. Having key players still recovering from injuries does not help.