OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The injury news remained a mixed bag Thursday as the Ravens continued preparations for their AFC North tilt with Cleveland.
Defensive end Calais Campbell (foot) and right tackle Morgan Moses (heel) returned to practice on a limited basis, but tight end Mark Andrews (knee), running back J.K. Dobbins (knee), fullback Patrick Ricard (knee), and cornerback Marcus Peters (quad) were absent for a second straight day. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters Andrews was receiving “a rest day” on Wednesday, but the 2021 All-Pro tight end rarely misses practice, making absences on consecutive days more notable.
Dobbins hasn’t practiced since exiting in the first half of last Sunday’s loss due to “tightness” in his surgically repaired left knee, clouding his status for Week 7.
“That knee is not going to be like, all of a sudden, ‘OK, now it’s healthy.’ This is a process,” Harbaugh said Monday. “You saw it last year … with [Saquon] Barkley, and look at him now. I just feel like J.K. is pushing as hard as he can to get through it. He’s a really good back right now, no question, and he’s only going to get better. He’s going to get back to being better than he’s ever been soon. What that timeframe is, it just depends.”
Despite arriving to the practice field late for a second straight day, Lamar Jackson (hip) was upgraded to full participation. Harbaugh said Wednesday that the Ravens were “just getting him warmed up” before the star quarterback was listed as limited on the injury report.
Wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) was practicing on a limited basis for a second straight day, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll play against Cleveland after a two-game absence. Jackson would certainly welcome the 2021 first-round pick’s return to action after three straight underwhelming passing performances.
“It’ll do a lot for us. That’s our No. 1 guy. He runs great routes. He’s a fast receiver,” Jackson said. “He’s our top guy, so we definitely need him back out there, but he [should] just take his time. When he comes back, I feel like we’re going to need him at the perfect time.”
Outside linebacker Justin Houston was limited for a second straight day as he hopes to return to action for the first time since Week 3.
For Cleveland, defensive ends Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday, but cornerback Denzel Ward remains in the concussion protocol and was again absent, leaving his Week 7 availability in serious doubt.
Below is Thursday’s full injury report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Mark Andrews (knee), RB J.K. Dobbins (knee), CB Marcus Peters (quad), FB Patrick Ricard (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Rashod Bateman (foot), DE Calais Campbell (foot), G Ben Cleveland (foot), OLB Justin Houston (groin), QB Lamar Jackson (hip), OT Morgan Moses (heel)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Justice Hill (hamstring), OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: OL Joe Haeg (concussion), G Wyatt Teller (calf), CB Denzel Ward (concussion)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DE Jadeveon Clowney (ankle), OT Jack Conklin (ankle), DE Myles Garrett (shoulder/biceps)
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Tony Fields (illness), DE Alex Wright (quad/glute)