Chris Canty, Asa Jackson To Miss Multiple Weeks


The injury bug has hit the Ravens again.

Cornerback Asa Jackson (toe) and defensive end Chris Canty (infection) are both going to miss multiple weeks, Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Monday.

Additionally, the injuries to left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) and safety Matt Elam (shoulder) were not considered serious. Osemele hyperextended his knee and Elam had a shoulder contusion, but both played through the issues Sunday.

Canty is dealing with an infection in his wrist that occurred last week and forced him to miss Sunday's game against the Colts. The veteran defender required surgery on his hand and spent the weekend in the hospital.

"It swelled up on him last week and they didn't know what it was. It took about three days, and [they] thought it might be the gout, things like that. It turned out to be an infection," Harbaugh said. "It's going to be a couple weeks with that. That takes a while."

Meanwhile, Jackson's injury occurred in Sunday's game, and Harbaugh described it at a "very severely sprained toe."

The current plan with Jackson is to place him on the injured reserve – designated to return list, which the Ravens used on Dennis Pitta last year and Ray Lewis in 2012. The designated to return list was created in 2012, and teams are allowed to place one player on that list each year.

Jackson would be able to return after Week 15 if he is healthy and the Ravens follow through with that option.

"He will probably go on the designated to return list. [General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] will decide that," Harbaugh said. "I'm pretty sure that will happen, but until that happens something might change."

Losing Jackson is a tough blow for the Ravens, who are already thin at cornerback. The good news is that veteran Lardarius Webb returned to action Sunday, but Jackson's injury would leave Baltimore with just three healthy corners on the 53-man roster.

Harbaugh indicated that the Ravens could make a move to add depth in the secondary.

"We're looking at our corner options there," Harbaugh said.

Baltimore is also short-handed on the defensive front after already losing two players to season-ending injuries. In addition to the Canty injury, Brent Urban (knee) and Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles) both went down in training camp, and the Ravens have had to scramble since then.

The Ravens have bolstered their defensive line by signing Lawrence Guy and Christo Bilukidi off waivers since the season started, and they both played against Indianapolis.

"We have numbers on the defensive line right now," Harbaugh said. "We had a couple good pickups there, it looks like. Both of those two young guys – Bilukidi and Guy – our fans are getting to know and they played well. They kind of fit our system really well."

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