Player News - Ravens

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said WR Breshad Perriman (knee) did not suffer a new injury when he appeared to pull up during a pregame workout prior to Week 3.

Perriman underwent a knee scope less than a week after the incident, but Harbaugh said the scope dealt with the original injury. "It's just a slow-healing deal," Harbaugh said. "He's had probably one of the all-time slowest healing sprained PCLs ever. That's nothing against him. It's just the way it is." There is no timetable on Perriman's return. He can be dropped in redraft leagues.
Source: ESPN
Oct 6 - 9:14 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Crockett Gillmore (calf) has a "chance" to play in Week 5 against the Browns.

Calf strains can be tricky, as evidenced by Victor Cruz, Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Bush, and Alshon Jeffery this season. Even with their pass-catcher corps in a state of depletion, the Ravens need to take a cautious approach to Gillmore's return. With Gillmore out against the Steelers last Thursday night, Maxx Williams was the Ravens' lead tight end, but rotated with Nick Boyle.
Oct 5 - 4:32 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Steve Smith has four microfractures in his back.

There were conflicting reports on Smith's injury, with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reporting he had broken ribs. Smith doesn't need surgery, but will miss at least one week. Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown will start until Smith returns.
Oct 3 - 9:22 PM

The Ravens have ruled out Steve Smith (back) for Week 5.

Smith will miss at least one game, but has a chance to avoid a multi-week absence. There was hope he might not miss time with 10 days before Week 5. Smith's injury leaves Baltimore down to Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown as their starting outside receivers. ESPN's Chris Mortensen expects Smith to return "sooner than later."
Oct 3 - 8:08 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Steve Smith's injury is non-surgical and he "will play sooner than later."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Smith's "back" injury is actually a case of broken ribs. Either way, Smith was called week-to-week by the Ravens and appears to have an outside shot at playing Week 5 against the Browns. Baltimore may have dodged a bullet, but their receiver corps is still a mess.
Oct 3 - 11:34 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Steve Smith Sr. has four broken ribs.

Broken ribs are still serious, but the original report of four broken bones in his back sounded much more ominous. Rapoport said the injury is considered a short-term concern. With 10 days off before Week 5, Smith could conceivably play against the Browns.
Oct 3 - 11:17 AM

CSN Washington's Chick Hernandez reports Steve Smith Sr. has four broken bones in his back.

Hernandez reported the Ravens are in "wait and see" mode with Smith while The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reported there is a possibility Smith can play through the injury. Smith has been the Ravens' only effective receiver this season and has over 35 percent of the team's receiving yards. With Michael Campanaro (back) on injured reserve and Breshad Perriman (knee) out indefinitely, the Ravens are in deep trouble at receiver. Baltimore acquired Chris Givens from the Rams on Saturday.
Oct 3 - 10:35 AM

Ravens placed WR Michael Campanaro (back) on season-ending injured reserve.

Campanaro had to be carted to the locker room late in the fourth quarter of the Ravens' Week 4 win over the Steelers. A seventh-round pick last season, Campanaro managed just four games his rookie year while dealing with a thigh injury. He should be back to compete for a roster spot next offseason.
Oct 3 - 10:01 AM

Ravens acquired WR Chris Givens from the Rams in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Givens has just two touches so far this season, but he was a semi-effective deep threat for St. Louis in 2012 and 2013. Still only 25, the Ravens will hope he can find that form again. Acquiring Givens suggests Baltimore plans to be without rookie Breshad Perriman (knee) for the foreseeable future. With Michael Campanaro (back) on injured reserve and Steve Smith dealing with a back injury, Givens could play a role quickly.
Oct 3 - 9:52 AM

Buck Allen rushed five times for 19 yards in Baltimore's Week 4 win over the Steelers.

Like Lorenzo Taliaferro, Allen's carries were more Justin Forsett breathers than anything else. Forsett broke out for 150 yards on 27 carries this evening, dominating snaps in the process. Allen is Forsett's 2B to Taliaferro's 2A.
Oct 2 - 12:49 AM

Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed three times for 13 yards in Baltimore's Week 4 win over the Steelers, adding an 11-yard reception.

Taliaferro's touches were just Justin Forsett breathers, not designed short-yardage looks. He split snaps with Buck Allen as Forsett took the rock 27 times for 150 yards. Taliaferro has zero standalone fantasy value, but would be on the RB2 radar were Forsett to go down with injury.
Oct 2 - 12:45 AM

Kamar Aiken caught 5-of-7 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore's Week 4 win over the Steelers.

With Steve Smith Sr. in and out of the game with minor injuries, Aiken nearly doubled his 2015 receiving total. He made a beautiful grab on his third quarter touchdown, basket catching a Joe Flacco lob to the back of the end zone. Aiken has made some big catches this season, but even were Sr. to miss Week 5 (which is unlikely), he'd be little more than a WR5.
Oct 2 - 12:42 AM

Maxx Williams caught 2-of-4 targets for 17 yards in Baltimore's Week 4 win over the Steelers.

Williams had an opportunity to make some noise in Crockett Gillmore's absence, but instead split snaps with fellow rookie Nick Boyle. Even if Gillmore remains sidelined for next week's game against the Browns, Williams will barely be on the TE2 radar.
Oct 2 - 12:41 AM

Michael Campanaro totaled 25 yards and a touchdown on three touches in Baltimore's Week 4 win over the Steelers before departing with back injury.

Campanaro departed late in the fourth quarter. Campanaro should have been stopped in the backfield on his nine-yard rushing touchdown, but juked Arthur Moats out of his cleats. Campanaro is a bit player who might not top 25 yards again all season.
Oct 2 - 12:38 AM

Justin Forsett rushed 27 times for 150 yards in the Ravens' Week 4 win over the Steelers.

Forsett was held without a catch on one target in the passing game. With the effort, Forsett more than doubled his season total for rushing yards, and upped his YPC from 3.2 to 4.2. With the Ravens' passing game stuck in neutral, Forsett helped keep the chains moving all night. He was occasionally pulled for Lorenzo Taliaferro or Buck Allen, but out-snapped his younger teammates 63-17 (per Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke). Vultures will remain a concern going forward, but Forsett will be on the RB1 radar against the Browns' league-worst run defense in Week 5.
Oct 2 - 12:18 AM

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