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Injury updates on Campanaro, Jimmy Smith, Pitta

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Injury updates on Campanaro, Jimmy Smith, Pitta

OWINGS MILLS – Here’s an injury update after the first Ravens’ OTA session that was open to the media.

WR Michael Campanaro - Coach John Harbaugh confirmed Campanaro suffered a quadriceps injury Wednesday that will likely keep him out until training camp. It’s a setback for Campanaro, who is competing for playing time among a crowded wide receiver group. Campanaro was plagued by hamstring issues last season and missed seven of the final eight regular season games.

“There’s a slight tear in there, it won’t require surgery, but he probably is out (until training camp),” Harbaugh said. “No one’s more disappointed and frustrated with it than Camp, Harbaugh said.

CB Jimmy Smith – He participated in drills, competed aggressively, and looked well on his way to recovering fully from season-ending foot surgery.

“He’s got the red jersey, he doesn’t put it on, he’s got it tucked in his belt,” Harbaugh said of Smith. “I think that tells you where his mind’s at. So far, so good. He’s not full speed, he’s out there working hard. He’s probably ahead of schedule.”

TE Dennis Pitta – He caught footballs on the side and was moving well, but did not participate in drills against the defense. Pitta is recovering from his second major hip surgery but wants to continue his career. A decision on his status will likely be made closer to the start of the season.

S Terrence Brooks - Brooks was on the field after suffering a season ending knee injury in December. While Brooks may still start the season on PUP, his appearance in uniform is a positive sign that he is progressing nicely.

 

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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