McPhee, Kruger still sidelined for Thursday's practice


(Updated: 8:30 p.m.)
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Practicing in helmets, shells, and shorts for the second straight day, the Ravens were once again without defensive end Pernell McPhee and strongside linebacker Paul Kruger.
Kruger is dealing with a back injury and appeared to be banged up in the locker room following the Ravens’ 44-13 win over Cincinnati on Monday night. McPhee is dealing with a right knee ailment but said in the locker room prior to Thursday’s practice that he was improving and wasn’t concerned with his status for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
McPhee underwent arthroscopic surgery in the spring and missed much of the team’s organized team activities. He received a few periodic days off to rest the knee during training camp.
“I feel pretty good, I feel better,” McPhee said. “I expect to play Sunday.”
Veteran center Matt Birk returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday’s practice with a thigh injury. Free safety Ed Reed (hamstring) was suited up to practice for the second straight day after being listed as a limited participant on Wednesday.
Offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) was present but wasn’t working with the rest of the offensive line during the opening portion of Thursday’s practice.
Here is Thursday’s official injury report …
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Paul Kruger (back), DE Pernell McPhee (knee), T Jah Reid (leg)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: C Matt Birk (thigh), S Ed Reed (thigh)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Jeremy Maclin (hip), WR Riley Cooper (collarbone), WR DeSean Jackson (hip)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Curtis Marsh (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION: S Kurt Coleman (facial lacerations), S Colt Anderson (knee), WR Jason Avant (wrist)