OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Fresh off their bye week and conducting their first full workout ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Carolina, the Ravens welcomed All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews and running back Gus Edwards back to the practice field on a limited basis.
Andrews has been recovering from shoulder and knee injuries that kept him out of the Week 9 win at New Orleans. Prior to Wednesday’s return, the two-time Pro Bowl selection had taken part in only one practice since the start of Week 7 and played only 10 snaps before hurting his shoulder in the Week 8 win at Tampa Bay. Baltimore’s leader in receptions and receiving yards by a wide margin, Andrews hadn’t missed a game since dealing with a bout of COVID-19 during the 2020 season.
Asked earlier this week how Andrews was progressing, head coach John Harbaugh said he had a “real good chance” to play against the Panthers, but the fifth-year tight end wasn’t on the field during the portion of practice open to media, leading to initial reports that he was a non-participant.
“Mark ended up coming out. We warmed him up a little bit longer,” Harbaugh said. “He had three or four periods [of practice] out there, so that was that.”
Edwards was practicing for the first time since hurting his hamstring in the Week 8 win at Tampa Bay as the Ravens were cautious with the fifth-year running back, who made his return from a serious 2021 knee injury in late October. With Edwards sitting out against the Saints, Kenyan Drake rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns in the 27-13 win before the bye week.
Though optimistic, Baltimore will continue to be careful with Edwards over the course of the practice week.
“He was out there today, limited, so I’m hopeful,” Harbaugh said. “You just never know. I was planning on him being back this game, and we’ll see if he makes it.”
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson remained absent with the hamstring strain he suffered in his season debut in New Orleans, but the 35-year-old didn’t appear on the injury report since he’s still on the practice squad and not on the 53-man roster.
The Ravens gave rest days to defensive end Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Justin Houston, cornerback Marcus Peters, and left tackle Ronnie Stanley on Wednesday. Rookie cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis was listed as a limited participant after hurting his hip during an early special-teams drill and leaving the field.
Edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (ankle) was listed as a full participant after returning to practice on Monday.
Outside linebacker David Ojabo (Achilles tendon) and tight end Charlie Kolar weren’t listed on Wednesday’s injury report, but it remains to be seen whether either rookie will make his NFL debut on Sunday. Ojabo was a healthy scratch against New Orleans while Kolar was activated to the 53-man roster during the bye week.
“He’s looking better and better out there,” said Harbaugh about Ojabo. “Again, and I put him in the same category with Charlie, they had nothing really stacked up [in terms of practice time] until like two weeks ago. They both look really good. I think they could both play, and if we have an opportunity to put them out there, we will.”
The Panthers practiced without multiple players because of illness on Wednesday. Carolina interim head coach Steve Wilks remained noncommittal about the status of safety Jeremy Chinn (hamstring), who is practicing and working his way back from injured reserve. The 3-7 Panthers could use Chinn after losing starting cornerback Donte Jackson to a torn Achilles tendon in last week’s win over Atlanta.
Starting defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis (calf) has already been ruled out for Week 11.
Below was Wednesday’s full injury report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Calais Campbell (rest), OLB Justin Houston (rest), CB Marcus Peters (rest), OT Ronnie Stanley (rest)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Mark Andrews (knee/shoulder), CB Jalyn Armour-Davis (hip), RB Gus Edwards (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION: OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: S Juston Burris (illness), DB Myles Hartsfield (ankle), DT Matt Ioannidis (calf), LB Frankie Luvu (illness), DT Daviyon Nixon (illness), QB PJ Walker (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Jaycee Horn (foot), OT Taylor Moton (elbow), TE Giovanni Ricci (neck)