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Who's Playing, Who's Not vs. Dolphins

Posted Oct 4, 2013

WR Jones questionable. OT Monroe learning quickly. CB Webb feels good. TE Pitta catching balls.


Jones Practices Fully, Questionable To Play

Jacoby Jones hasn’t seen game action since suffering a knee sprain in Week 1 in Denver, but has a chance to return this Sunday in Miami.

Jones didn’t start practicing until this week. He was limited throughout, but made progress. He’s listed as questionable on the final injury report, meaning he has a 50/50 chance.

“I’d say he made a lot of progress, significant [progress],” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He practiced the whole day today. He looked pretty good.”

Jones was non-committal on his status for Sunday’s game, and said he doesn’t want to rush things.

“I’m taking my time with this,” he said. “I don’t want to try and blow it out all at once. [I want to] ease my way into it.”

Jones was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. He caught passes off the JUGS machine and ran routes on Friday.

He said he didn’t have any setbacks, but isn’t entirely pain free.

“Everybody’s got pain,” Jones said. “I can just tolerate it and deal with it. It isn’t a pain that I can’t deal with – not at all.”

The Ravens could use Jones back considering their wide receiver corps is banged up.

The Rest Of The Wide Receivers

Baltimore has some definite question marks in terms of wide receiver depth.

Rookie Marlon Brown (thigh) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, and was limited Friday. His status is questionable.

“Everything is fine. It’s not a big deal,” Brown said. “It’s just a little hamstring strain. It could always be worse. I feel like I got better from [last] Sunday.”

Brown said he’ll see how he feels Sunday at Miami and will trust the coaches to make a call from there.

Thompson, who showed explosiveness in Buffalo with four catches for 50 yards, passed his concussion protocol tests this week, but has yet to be cleared to play. He was a limited participant and stayed afterwards to catch extra balls. Thompson is also listed as questionable to play.

“He’s got to go through the practice, and then we’ve got to check his symptoms out,” Harbaugh said.

Veteran Brandon Stokley (thigh) was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, then didn’t practice at all Friday. He’s questionable.

The lack of depth hindered the Ravens in practice this week.

“We’re down legs on that side of the ball, and it’s hard to run the way you want and work on the things you want to work on, but you have to do it,” Harbaugh said.

Webb Feels ‘Real Good’

The Ravens’ top cornerback, Lardarius Webb, practiced for the first time this week on Friday in a limited capacity. He’s listed as questionable to play.

Webb went down with a thigh injury early in Sunday’s game in Buffalo and did not return. Cornerback Corey Graham stepped in for him.

“Feel good, feel real good,” Webb told reporters Friday.

Will Monroe Be Able To Play?

It’s not clear whether the Ravens will be able to activate their new toy, left tackle Eugene Monroe.

It’s a mental race for Monroe as he tries to learn the Ravens’ offensive system and many calls on the offensive line. And he’s doing as much as possible.

Harbaugh said Monroe was at the team’s training facility late Thursday night and early Friday morning trying to soak up as much as he can in an effort to play. Monroe cut off dinner with Harbaugh in order to study tape.

“He seems good. He seems sharp,” Harbaugh said. “[He] went through the practice here and seemed like he knew what he was doing. I think we’re on schedule, but I’m not sure what the schedule is with a guy like that. This is kind of new to us.”

The Ravens have never made a midseason trade before. Harbaugh said he’ll rely on Monroe giving him feedback on how comfortable he is before making a call for Sunday.

“If he gives us feedback, and he says he’s comfortable and can go, I would think we’d be very confident that he knows what he’s talking about,” Harbaugh said.

If Monroe can’t play, or at least start, left tackle Bryant McKinnie would remain on the left side.

Pitta Catching Balls

Tight end Dennis Pitta made a practice appearance Friday.

Only about two months and a week after fracturing and dislocating his hip, Pitta was back on the field in a T-shirt and shorts catching balls off the JUGS machine.

He was not jogging or running, but Pitta is off crutches and is able to swing his body to catch passes.

Pitta is on the injured reserve – designated to return list, meaning he can come back after Week 6 at the earliest, although that quick of a return is not expected. Harbaugh said that’s still “a ways away.”

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m pretty impressed,” Harbaugh said. “He’s running quite a bit in here on these machines. … Every time I see Dennis, I guess I have mixed emotions. I’m happy that he’s doing so well, and I’m not happy that he’s not already out there playing right now. He’s doing a good job.”

Cody Doubtful But Progressing

Harbaugh was hopeful that defensive tackle Terrence Cody was going to play this week, but he’s listed as doubtful.

Cody suffered a knee sprain in Week 3 versus Houston and missed last week’s game in Buffalo when the Bills ran for 203 yards.

“I’m feeling a whole lot better than I was last week,” Cody said. “Last week I couldn’t even bend it. I was walking better and the swelling went down and stuff this week. I still have a little pain in there, but we can get over that.”

The Ravens ruled out rookie center Ryan Jensen (foot). He has yet to play this season.

Baltimore also listed rookie linebacker Arthur Brown (shoulder), defensive tackle Marcus Spears (knee), running back Shaun Draughn (ankle) and linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder) as questionable.

Dolphins Relatively Healthy

While the Ravens have nine players listed as questionable and two more doubtful, Miami only has four questionable players and one ruled out.

Starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) was ruled out and will likely be replaced by University of Maryland product Nolan Carroll.

The only other injury of note is to Pro Bowl pass rusher Cameron Wake. He sat out last week due to a knee injury, and is questionable to play against the Ravens. The DeMatha High School (Hyattsville, Md.) product has 2.5 sacks this season.

Reserve safety Don Jones (elbow) and linebacker Jason Trusnik (rib) are also questionable. Former Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (knee) is probable.


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