RB Lorenzo Taliaferro To Miss A 'Few Weeks,' Other Injury Updates


Add the Ravens backfield to the positions hit by the injury bug.

Second-year running back Lorenzo Taliaferro suffered an MCL sprain in Saturday's preseason game to the Eagles, which will keep him out a few weeks, Head Coach John Harbaugh said Monday.

"I don't have the degree on it yet, but it's going to be a few weeks for Lorenzo," Harbaugh said.

Taliaferro was listed as the Ravens No. 2 running back behind Justin Forsett, but now rookie fourth-round pick Buck Allen will likely see an increased workload for the rest of the preseason and potentially early in the regular season.

Behind Allen is second-year back Fitzgerald Toussaint and undrafted rookie Terrence Magee.

"Some of those young guys are going to step up in the immediate future," Harbaugh said.

Allen has 17 carries for 54 yards in the preseason and Toussaint has nine carries for 31 yards. Magee led the Ravens against the Eagles with 11 carries for 44 yards.

"Buck Allen, I thought ran the ball really well. [He had] great vision, showed some real elusiveness in there," Harbaugh said. "Both Magee and [Toussaint] did a heck of a job. They were running hard north-south, and really made some guys miss."

In addition to the Taliaferro injury, the Ravens are also banged up at several other spots.

Wide receiver Michael Campanaro didn't play Saturday because of a "soft-tissue issue."

"I expect him back pretty soon, but you never know with those things," Harbaugh said.

Rookie receiver Breshad Perriman also still hasn't practiced since getting hurt the first day of training camp, but Harbaugh said he's "out of that business" in terms of predicting when players will return.

The good news on the injury front is that offensive linemen Rick Wagner (foot) and Jah Reid (back) were both back on the practice field Monday after missing the Eagles game.

Preseason injuries are a story around the NFL this week, especially after a day where Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a broken ankle and Packers All-Pro receiver Jordy Nelson tore his ACL.

Losing marquee players during exhibition games is never desirable for teams or the league, but Harbaugh said it's difficult for coaches to do anything more to prevent the issues.

"Sometimes guys get hurt out here in half-speed drills as we've seen before, and sometimes they get hurt in full-speed games. It's just so unpredictable," he said. "So, as a coach you really have to make sure you're focusing on if your team's good enough, making sure they're the best they can be and you come out and practice."

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