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QB Clausen getting practice reps with Schaub banged up

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QB Clausen getting practice reps with Schaub banged up

OWINGS MILLS – As if the Ravens don’t have enough issues, their injury situation seems to be getting worse, not better. Six starters were not on the practice field Wednesday – quarterback Matt Schaub, linebacker Elvis Dumervil, left tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Crockett Gillmore, right tackle Rick Wagner, and nose tackle Brandon Williams.

Backup wide receiver Marlon Brown was also missing.

Coach John Harbaugh maintained that Schaub could be the starting quarterback Sunday against the Seahawks. However, Schaub was hit repeatedly during Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, and backup Jimmy Clausen was slated to take most of the practice reps this week. Harbaugh left the door open that Clausen could play.

“We’re not going to practice him (Schaub) too much here early in the week,” Harbaugh said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “It’s good to get Jimmy the reps anyway. Jimmy needs the reps more than Matt does, but if Matt can go, he will. Matt is tough, he showed that in the game. He’s tough as nails, and I wouldn’t be shocked if we see him play. Maybe we’ll play them both. We’ll just see how it goes.”

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Tight end Maxx Williams (concussion) was on the practice field wearing a non-contact jersey, but Harbaugh hoped Williams would be cleared to play by Sunday. Brown has a back injury and was not active against the Dolphins.

As for other injuries:

- It’s possible that Monroe (shoulder) may not play the rest of the year, depending on results of an MRI this week.

- Gillmore left the Dolphins game with a back injury. Harbaugh said Monday that Gillmore might be able to return Sunday.

- Dumervil, Wagner, and Williams all played Sunday, and more information on their specific injuries would come when Wednesday’s injury report was released.

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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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