Live from Owings Mills: Ravens conduct last full practice before Friday


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Completing their last full practice before their second preseason game on Friday, the Ravens will likely be without their starting right guard Marshal Yanda, who missed his fifth straight practice on Wednesday.
Yanda has been dealing with back spasms since playing in last Thursday’s preseason opener against Philadelphia. Despite offensive coordinator Cam Cameron expressing no concern over the fifth-year lineman’s absence earlier in the week, the Ravens will likely be forced to go with the newly-shifted Oniel Cousins at right guard, with rookie Jah Reid making his first start at right tackle.
Cornerback Chris Carr (hamstring) is also sidelined for the second straight day as Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith continue to work as the cornerbacks in the starting defense. Lardarius Webb and Domonique Foxworth were running with the second team. Safety Bernard Pollard was also working with the first team next to Ed Reed, further suggesting he’s surpassed Tom Zbikowski on the depth chart.
Linebacker Ray Lewis was also missing from the first hour of Wednesday afternoon’s practice. It is a bit peculiar considering Tuesday was a day off for Lewis and many of the team’s veterans, but Lewis plays by his own set of rules entering his 16th season in Baltimore.
Others missing from practice included receiver David Reed, defensive back Marcus Paschal, running back Damien Berry, center Matt Birk (knee surgery), and — of course — receiver James Hardy (hamstring).
The Ravens conducted Wednesday’s practice in shells and shorts, a common practice in the final full practice before a game.