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Humphrey, Mitchell added to Ravens injury report with hamstring issues

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after the Ravens appeared to be on track to have their entire 53-man roster available to play against Cleveland on Sunday, three notable players landed on the injury report with health concerns

In the final minutes of the portion of Thursday’s practice open to reporters, cornerback Marlon Humphrey appeared to tweak his hamstring and limped around for a few moments to try to walk it off before jogging into the team facility for treatment. For what it’s worth, Humphrey was back on the field at the conclusion of practice, but he was no longer suited up or wearing cleats.

After missing the first four games of the regular season while recovering from mid-August foot surgery, Humphrey is coming off arguably his best performance of the season in the Week 9 win over Seattle. Even a minor ailment this late in the practice week would carry greater ramifications than usual with Baltimore having a quick turnaround to play division rival Cincinnati just four days after hosting the Browns.

Running back Keaton Mitchell was also listed as dealing with a hamstring issue, which is notable since the undrafted rookie was recently dealing with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the Week 8 win at Arizona. Of course, Mitchell was one of the NFL’s breakout stars in Week 9 with his impressive 138-yard rushing output in the 37-3 win over the Seahawks, a performance that’s positioned him to receive more playing time if he can stay healthy. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken was very complimentary of the way the undersized Mitchell played “behind his pads” to break tackles and earn more yardage than expected against the Seattle defense.

“When you get your opportunity, you take advantage of it and that leads to more opportunities,” Monken said. “I think that’s the simplest way to put [it] in anything in life. If you’re given an opportunity and you’re successful at it, you’re going to get more opportunities. You deserve it. You earned that. He’s earned that.” 

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman was also added to the injury report as a limited participant due to a back issue.

Right tackle Morgan Moses (shoulder) and safety Marcus Williams (hamstring) were again listed as full participants, keeping them on track to return to game action on Sunday. Nose tackle Michael Pierce sat out practice for the second straight day with what’s listed as an illness, but he observed from the sideline and came through the locker room during media availability.

Though Cleveland had a lengthy injury report for the second straight day with right tackle Dawand Jones remaining sidelined with knee and shoulder issues, starting cornerback Greg Newsome (groin) and starting tight end David Njoku (knee) both practiced on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday. Newsome is hoping to return after sitting out the Browns’ Week 9 win over Arizona.

Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson (right shoulder) was again listed as a full participant.

Below is Thursday’s full injury report:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Jalyn Armour-Davis (illness), NT Michael Pierce (illness)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Rashod Bateman (back), CB Marlon Humphrey (hamstring), RB Keaton Mitchell (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (knee), OT Morgan Moses (shoulder), S Marcus Williams (hamstring)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR David Bell (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion), OT Dawand Jones (knee/shoulder)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Amari Cooper (rest/ankle), CB Greg Newsome (groin), TE David Njoku (knee), DE Ogbo Okoronkwo (groin), RB Pierre Strong (hamstring), DE Alex Wright (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION: S Grant Delpit (shoulder), OL Nick Harris (toe), QB Deshaun Watson (right shoulder)

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