OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Four Ravens who did not play Week 10 returned to practice Wednesday – right guard Marshal Yanda, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, cornerback Shareece Wright, and rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa. That was encouraging news for the Ravens (5-4), who face a difficult road game Sunday against the Cowboys (8-1), winners of eight consecutive games.
However, there was one new health concern. Jimmy Smith, the Ravens’ best cornerback, was not on the practice field. Smith seemed to be laboring at the end of last week’s Browns game, although he told reporters after the game that he was fine. Smith’ progress will be something to monitor during the week. Also not at practice were tight end Crockett Gillmore and guard Alex Lewis (high-ankle sprain). Lewis is not expected to return until December at the earliest.
Getting Yanda, Wright, and Dumervil back in action Sunday would be a boost. Yanda is a five-time Pro Bowler and the leader of the offensive line. He has missed three of the last four games with a shoulder injury, and it has been feared that Yanda’s shoulder injury could be serious. While there was no guarantee Yanda would play Sunday, he was obviously hoping to.
Dumervil has missed all but two games this season after undergoing offseason foot surgery, and his last action was Oct. 9 against the Redskins. The Ravens would love to get Dumervil back, at least as a situational pass rusher, to help generate pressure on Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.
Rookie cornerback Tavon Young has played well starting in place of Wright (thigh), who has missed the last three games. However, Wright can add depth to the secondary, and his return would become more important if Smith did not play, or was less than 100 percent.