Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith sits out Wednesday’s practice with shoulder issue

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A few days after rookie running back Keaton Mitchell appeared to suffer the only Baltimore injury in the blowout win over Detroit, the Ravens returned to the practice field without Pro Bowl inside linebacker Roquan Smith on Wednesday.

Asked about his defensive leader’s absence following practice, head coach John Harbaugh said he was “not commenting on any of that at this point in time” and deferred to the injury report that revealed Smith is dealing with a shoulder issue. The 26-year-old played all but the final eight defensive snaps of the 38-6 victory over the Lions when several starters were replaced for the final series. Smith spoke to reporters after the game with no apparent signs of an injury, and he was very briefly in the locker room following Wednesday’s practice.

The best player on the Baltimore defense since being acquired from Chicago at last year’s trade deadline, Smith hasn’t missed a game since sitting out the Bears’ 2020 wild-card playoff loss to New Orleans because of an elbow injury. The 2018 first-round pick out of Georgia hasn’t missed regular-season action since finishing the 2019 season on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle sustained in Week 14.

Safety Marcus Williams remained sidelined with a hamstring injury, but he was working out on a side field at the conclusion of the media viewing portion of practice on Wednesday. Harbaugh described Williams as “week to week” after he hurt his left hamstring in the Oct. 15 win over Tennessee in London.

As expected, Mitchell was also absent as the Ravens began ramping up preparations for their Week 8 trip to Arizona.

Cornerback Kevon Seymour (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis after sitting out the Detroit win. The Ravens also designated wide receiver Tylan Wallace (hamstring) to return to practice from injured reserve after he sat out the last four games.

The Cardinals practiced without starting left guard Elijah Wilkinson — who sat out last Sunday’s loss to Seattle — and starting defensive end Kevin Strong on Wednesday, but their most notable development was the full practice participation of two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray. Cleared to begin practicing last week, Murray remains on the reserve physically unable to perform list and hasn’t played in a game since suffering a torn ACL last December, so it’s unclear whether he’ll be activated to play against the Ravens on Sunday.

Below is Wednesday’s full injury report: 

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: RB Keaton Mitchell (hamstring), ILB Roquan Smith (shoulder), S Marcus Williams (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Tylan Wallace (hamstring)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Krys Barnes (hamstring), DE Kevin Strong (shoulder), G Elijah Wilkinson (neck)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Antonio Hamilton (groin), WR Zach Pascal (neck), S Jalen Thompson (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION: OT Kelvin Beachum (hand), QB Kyler Murray (knee)

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