Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh provided some updates on the team's injured players during his usual Monday media press conference.
Harbaugh began his talk by addressing outside linebacker Tyus Bowser's situation, who currently has him placed on the Non-Football Injury list. "I had a chance to talk to Tyus just last week, and Tyus was pretty optimistic," Harbaugh stated.
The coach acknowledged uncertainties due to Bowser's troublesome knee, but Harbaugh expressed hope for his return in the coming weeks.
Following the Ravens' 31-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Harbaugh reported "nothing major" in terms of new injuries.
Harbaugh was asked about the other players currently outside the 53-man roster, and the head coach highlighted the progress of cornerback Damarion "Pepe" Williams and outside linebacker Malik Hamm, both recovering from ankle injuries.
Harbs indicated that both are "nearing readiness" to come off Injured Reserve. Harbaugh hinted at upcoming roster decisions to accommodate the return of these players, although he didn't clarify whether that meant cutting players, moving them to the practice squad, or delaying the return of Williams and Hamm.
When it comes to Tyus Bowser's return, and even if Harbaugh sold it as something that is approaching its climax positively, it's worth remembering that this has been an ongoing storyline all summer and now season-long too.
Bowser would clearly reinforce the Ravens' linebacker corps, which has performed well with Odafe Oweh, Jadeveon Clowney, Kyle Van Noy, and Malik Harrison sharing snaps at different points throughout the season to date, but when he'll return nobody knows.
The outside linebacker has remained tight-lipped about his status, although he at least gave some optimism about his condition in mid-October when he said he's doing everything in his power to stay healthy, become fully fit, and get ready to play this year. We'll see how that goes...