Flacco, Monroe return to practice on Thursday

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after missing practice due to an illness, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco returned to the field on Thursday to continue preparing for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Flacco was present and working during the portion of practice open to media while left tackle Eugene Monroe (knee) also returned to practice after sitting out with a knee injury on Wednesday. The seventh-year signal-caller was dealing with a stomach bug he caught from his oldest son Stephen and didn’t want to spread germs to his teammates.
“I don’t think I have [missed practice before], so it was definitely different not being out there,” Flacco said. “It was good that we had the long week coming off the Thursday night game, so we had an extra day in here, anyway, so it kind of worked out nicely. I was able to be in the meetings and all that.”
Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak echoed the sentiment that Flacco’s absence on Wednesday wasn’t a big deal, adding that it was good for backup Tyrod Taylor to get some rare extra reps.
Monroe told reporters on Wednesday that he fully expected to play against the Browns. Both he and Flacco were full participants a day after sitting out.
There was one addition to the Thursday practice report as running back Bernard Pierce was a limited participant as he deals with what’s listed as a thigh injury.
Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee) was missing for the second straight day as he is recovering from what is a meniscus injury, according to The Sun. Already thin along the defensive line, Jernigan’s injury could force Pernell McPhee and the recently-signed Christo Bilukidi into more action up front.
Cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (concussion) were again present after being full participants on Wednesday. Asked whether he expected to make his season debut in Week 3, Webb is leaving it in the hands of head coach John Harbaugh.
“When he feels like I’m healthy and able to play a full game, he’ll put me out there,” Webb said. “Harbs will let me know when it’s time.”
There were no changes to the Cleveland injury report on Thursday as running back Ben Tate (knee) once again sat out and tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) were limited participants.
Here’s a look at Thursday’s injury report:
BALTIMORE
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DT Timmy Jernigan (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Bernard Pierce (thigh)
FULL PARTICIPATION: QB Joe Flacco (illness), CB Asa Jackson (concussion), CB Lardarius Webb (back), T Eugene Monroe (knee)
CLEVELAND
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: RB Ben Tate (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Travis Benjamin (knee), DL Desmond Bryant (wrist), DL John Hughes (hamstring), P Spencer Lanning (shoulder), OL Paul McQuistan (ankle), CB Buster Skrine (thumb)

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