When the Ravens return to practice Wednesday, it will be interesting to see who is healthy enough to practice.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he was “hopeful” wide receiver Steve Smith would return this week, after missing the Browns game with his back injury.
“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know. He was in here training hard, so that’s a good sign.”
The Ravens would also be buoyed by the return of tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf), who has missed the last two games. Gillmore was off to a strong start (10 catches, 151 yards, two touchdowns) before his injury, averaging 15.1 yards per reception with some powerful runs after catches.
Meanwhile, a host of other players are nursing injuries, including running back Justin Forsett (ankle), outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (groin), cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh), running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot), defensive end Chris Canty (calf), wide receiver Darren Waller (concussion), and of course wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee), who has not played all season.
This has been difficult season from the start for the Ravens (1-4), losing too many players and too many games. The more healthy bodies they can take out West, the better their chances to stop the bleeding Sunday against the 49ers.