Change remaining constant for Ravens offense


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It was just a run-of-the-mill practice for the Ravens offense on Wednesday as the group continued preparations for a Week 14 meeting with the surging Seattle Seahawks.
Jimmy Clausen was the No. 1 quarterback.
Buck Allen played running back after the rookie began the season third on the depth chart.
Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens, and Jeremy Butler were the top three wide receivers.
The top tight end was Konrad Reuland — yes, the former practice-squad member just promoted to the 53-man roster a day earlier.
And the offensive line? Tackles Eugene Monroe (shoulder) and Rick Wagner (ankle) were absent — after center Jeremy Zuttah was already lost for the season last month — leaving one to ponder what that unit might have looked like after the portion of practice open to reporters concluded.
The only constant for the Baltimore offense these days is change as veteran quarterback Matt Schaub — already replacing franchise starter Joe Flacco — sat out Wednesday’s practice with what was listed as a chest injury. Starting tight end Crockett Gillmore (back) was also absent while rookie Maxx Williams (concussion) returned to practice wearing a red non-contact jersey, signaling he hasn’t yet been fully cleared after missing Sunday’s game in Miami.
“We’re pretty numb to it now. It is what it is,” Aiken said. “We’re just rolling, to be honest. We really haven’t had any time to sit back and really think about all the injuries or sit here and sulk on them. We’re going as it goes.”
Also missing from Wednesday’s practice included nose tackle Brandon Williams (shoulder), wide receiver Marlon Brown (back), and linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who was given a veteran day off.
Schaub expressed confidence that he would be able to play, adding that it was head coach John Harbaugh’s decision to sit him out and give some much-needed practice reps to Clausen. At 4-8, the Ravens are keeping their options open at the position with an eye toward determining who can best fill the backup role next year with Flacco unlikely to be ready until some point in training camp.
“As a competitor, you want to be out there,” Schaub said. “I’m gearing all my mindset and everything towards Sunday.”
As expected, the Seahawks have already ruled out running back Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) for Sunday’s game. Starting defensive end Cliff Avril sat out Wednesday’s practice for non-injury reasons.
Below is Wednesday’s full injury report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Marlon Brown (back), LB Elvis Dumervil (non-injury), TE Crockett Gillmore (back), OT Eugene Monroe (shoulder), QB Matt Schaub (chest), OT Rick Wagner (ankle), DT Brandon Williams (shoulder)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Maxx Williams (concussion)
OUT: RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Demarcus Dobbs (concussion), DT Jordan Hill (toe), DE Cliff Avril (non-injury)