Roquan Smith misses practice, injury woes hit Ravens once more

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The Ravens returned to the practice field on Wednesday for their first session before facing the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8 and bad news on the injury front were the main news coming out of The Castle.

Ravens' Pro Bowl inside linebacker Roquan Smith was noticeably absent from Wednesday's practice, marking the first time he has missed a session this season.

When questioned about Smith's absence, head coach John Harbaugh refrained from commenting, simply directing reporters to the injury report. Smith was later listed on it with a shoulder injury leaving him out of the field on Wednesday.

Smith played almost the entire game against the Lions, sitting out only the final eight defensive snaps during the 38–6 victory. That wasn't very concerning back then considering some starters were replaced late including quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Harbaugh simply said "No, he just wasn't out there," after practice when asked about Smith's participation in Wednesday's drills.

Starting safety Marcus Williams also remained sidelined with his hamstring injury. Encouragingly though, he participated in separate workouts on a side field according to reports.

In addition to Smith and Williams, rookie running back Keaton Mitchell (hamstring) was the only other Raven absent from Wednesday's practice. Harbaugh hinted at a possible return for Mitchell on Monday, although the rookie is facing a steep hill to make it to the field next Sunday with a more probable return in Week 9 against Seattle.

Wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, was a full participant after being designated to return from Injured Reserve earlier this week. Wallace now has a 21-day window to rejoin the active roster.

Cornerback Kevon Seymour (ankle) returned on a limited basis.

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Outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, dealing with a knee issue, declined to comment on his status when asked about his availability following Wednesday's practice.