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Banged-Up Ravens Suit Up

Posted Sep 15, 2013

DT Art Jones, OT Michael Oher and RB Bernard Pierce are all playing Sunday.

The only Ravens that were question marks heading into Sunday’s game are all active.

Defensive tackle Art Jones (illness), tackle Michael Oher (ankle) and running back Bernard Pierce (thigh) will suit up against the Cleveland Browns.

Jones missed the end of the preseason and the season-opening game in Denver due to an abnormal heart beat, but returned to practice this week and was able to quickly get in good enough shape to play in a game. It remains to be seen how many snaps he’ll see on the Ravens’ deep defensive line.

“He didn’t get too out of shape,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Friday. “He’s progressing well.”

Oher suffered what he called the worst sprained ankle of his career in Denver, but practiced fully the entire week. Getting him back on the starting offensive line is a big boost for the offense, which struggled in the second half in Week 1 with rookie Rick Wagner at right tackle.

Pierce was limited in practice all week, but will once again be behind Ray Rice. The Ravens could look to get the ground game churning Sunday against the banged-up Browns defensive front, and Pierce would play a large role.

The Ravens’ inactives are wide receiver Jacoby Jones (knee), guard/tackle Jah Reid, wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson, defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe), center Ryan Jensen (foot) and newly-signed running back Shaun Draughn.

With Draughn and Jones out, the Ravens’ kick returner will likely be wide receiver Tandon Doss, who Baltimore re-signed this week.

The Browns have three starters sitting out: right guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle), defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), and defensive end Desmond Bryant (back). They will be replaced, respectively, by former Raven Oniel Cousins and defensive ends Billy Winn and John Hughes.

Cleveland’s other inactives are quarterback Brian Hoyer, tight end MarQueis Gray, offensive lineman Martin Wallace,  and linebacker Paul Hazel.

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