Player News - Ravens

Date: Team: Pos:

Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman will sit out the third preseason game.

The third preseason game is when a team actually wants to get its important players a healthy amount of snaps, but neither Sr. nor Perriman's health is worth risking. Sr. will be ready for Week 1. Perriman has claimed he will be, as well.
Aug 25 - 1:25 PM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley suggested the Ravens could employ a four-back committee to start the season.

With nobody playing well enough to separate from the group, Hensley thinks the Ravens could open the season with Justin Forsett as the starter, Buck Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon as third-down backs, and Terrance West as the short-yardage option. That kind of split seems unlikely, but it is a reminder of how fluid the situation is in Baltimore's backfield. For now, Forsett is still the best fantasy option, but the best play could be to just stay away.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 10:16 AM

Joe Flacco (knee) will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.

In the final stages of his recovery from a torn ACL, Flacco sat out Baltimore's first two exhibition tilts. "You need to get back out there (and) you need to get your mind used to getting ready for a game," Flacco said. "And then, yeah, I need to get over that last hurdle, which is going out there and being a live target for guys to hit and see how I react to it." It's important for the entire offense, as the third preseason game serves as a team's "regular season dress rehearsal," so to speak. Flacco has said his knee still isn't 100 percent, but he hasn't missed a rep this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 3:40 PM

Breshad Perriman (knee) said he has "no doubt" he will be ready for Week 1.

Perriman reportedly "showed little effects" of his knee injury in his return to practice Tuesday. He is unlikely to play in the third preseason game this week, but it would not be surprising if he is cleared for team drills in the near future. Even if he is healthy enough to play Week 1, Perriman is unlikely to have a big role coming off a lost rookie season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 23 - 12:02 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said Breshad Perriman "showed little effects" of his partially torn ACL in his return to practice.

Perriman was not wearing a brace, but Hensley said he "showed no hesitation" running routes and cutting around cones in individual drills. Hensley did report a "slight limp" when Perriman was walking between drills. Although he is back at practice, coach John Harbaugh admitted the team is still "holding our breath a little bit" about Perriman's health. The receiver should be watched closely over the next several weeks.
Source: ESPN
Aug 23 - 11:24 AM

Dennis Pitta is sidelined with a broken finger.

He has not practiced since August 1. It was originally thought Pitta had just a sprain, but an MRI revealed a break. The Ravens are holding him out because they are concerned he could do further damage. Pitta ridiculously suffered the injury during a training-camp fight.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 11:41 AM

Ravens S Matt Elam will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

He has a chip in his knee. No timetable was announced, but coach John Harbaugh said Elam will not open the season on the active roster, meaning he will begin the year on injured reserve. Elam has struggled since being taken in the first round in 2013, but he was earning some praise for his training camp performance this year. Elam is scheduled to be a free agent next spring.
Aug 22 - 11:31 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced WR Breshad Perriman (knee) has been removed from the active/PUP list.

Perriman had been sidelined since suffering a partially torn ACL in June. Harbaugh sounded pessimistic about Perriman's outlook just one week ago, but the sophomore now appears on track to return early in the season, although Harbaugh added the team is "holding our breath a little bit." Perriman will participate in a walk-through Monday, but he is still not cleared for full practice. After missing all of his rookie year and most of training camp, Perriman is still unlikely to have a large early-season role.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 11:23 AM

Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot) was removed from the active/PUP list Monday and is back at practice.

Dumervil underwent foot surgery over the offseason. Even though he is back practicing, it would not be surprising if the veteran is held out the rest of the preseason. He should be good to go by Week 1.
Aug 22 - 10:07 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested Ryan Mallett could lose the backup quarterback job to Josh Johnson.

Harbaugh called the competition "ongoing." Mallett has looked shaky at times this preseason, completing 17-of-23 passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. A perennial off-field headache, Mallett will need to really impress over the next couple weeks to stay ahead of journeyman Johnson.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 21 - 8:36 AM

Updating a previous item, Terrance West left Saturday night's preseason game with a jammed finger, but was able to return.

He'll be fine. West saw some run with the first-team offense against the Colts, but he was the No. 3 back through the rotation behind Justin Forsett and Buck Allen. West managed nine yards on three carries with a 19-yard reception before exiting. He worked ahead of rookie Kenneth Dixon.
Aug 20 - 8:58 PM

Justin Forsett managed 11 yards on five carries in the Ravens' second preseason game Saturday night.

He split first-team snaps with Buck Allen, who finished with eight yards on four touches, including two receptions. Terrance West also got some first-team run, but was third in the running back rotation. Rookie Kenneth Dixon is currently the Ravens' No. 4 back. A committee approach continues to look likely in Baltimore, quite possibly involving as many as three backs.
Aug 20 - 8:43 PM

Dennis Pitta (sprained finger) hasn't practiced since August 1.

Pitta, who hasn't appeared in a game since Sept. 2014, has missed both exhibition contests. Pitta's slim odds of cracking the 53-man roster are evaporating.
Aug 20 - 7:07 PM

Ravens activated Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles') from the active/PUP list.

Expect Senior to practice in team drills sometime this week. Don't look for him to be on the field for the Ravens' second preseason game, but he could play a couple snaps in the third one just to get his feet wet for Week 1. With Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace, the Ravens won't need to rely as heavily on Smith Sr. as they did last season. He turned 37 in May.
Aug 17 - 1:07 PM

Joe Flacco said he thinks Mike Wallace is "going to be a really big hit" for the offense.

We haven't read much on Wallace since he failed his conditioning test at the start of training camp. But according to ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley, camp has been "filled" with highlights between Flacco and Wallace. The two are hitting it off in the red zone, on fade routes, deep balls, and first-down grabs over the middle. With Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles') and Breshad Perriman (knee) on PUP, Wallace has been Flacco's favorite target this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 17 - 9:34 AM


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