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Ravens Escape Opener Without Injury


The biggest victory Thursday night wasn't the Ravens' impressive 23-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

It was the fact that the Ravens left M&T Bank Stadium healthy, without any significant injury concerns.

"We had nothing major, so that's a blessing," Head Coach John Harbaugh said after the game.

Every team's hope during the four preseason contests is to escape without losing any players to injury, and the Ravens can check one game off that list.

The Ravens had a few players get dinged up during the game, including quarterback Tyrod Taylor who "banged his finger up" late in the fourth quarter. Taylor came over to the sideline wincing and grabbing his hand after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Butler, but it's not a long-term concern.

The other minor injuries were to fullback Kyle Juszczyk (neck), safety Anthony Levine (finger) and long snapper Morgan Cox (ankle), according to Harbaugh.* *In terms of the other training camp injuries, eight total Ravens didn't play in Thursday night's game, including linebacker Daryl Smith (groin) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (back).

Now the Ravens will head into a three-day stretch of practice with the 49ers, and players stressed after the game that they want to get as much out of those practices while keeping themselves healthy.

"We'll try not to get too rambunctious, and you just try to make it through injury-free," wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said. "You make sure nobody comes out of it injured. You take this opportunity to get better and evaluate, but not get put on the injured reserve list."

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