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Ravens RB Danny Woodhead expected to miss 6-8 weeks with hamstring injury

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Ravens RB Danny Woodhead expected to miss 6-8 weeks with hamstring injury

Danny Woodhead was planning on making his comeback in 2017 after missing most of the 2016 season with a torn ACL.

Well, that comeback will have to be put on hold for a little while longer.

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The 32-year old running back is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a hamstring injury, according to a league source of ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Woodhead was a notable figure during the Ravens' opening drive against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. He had three receptions for 33 yards and one carry for four yards before slipping and immediately grabbing his hamstring. He eventually was helped off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room.

Woodhead was dealing with a hamstring injury during the preseason as well.

The Ravens signed Woodhead to a three-year, $8.8 million contract during the offseason.

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Woodhead is no stranger to injury. In addition to missing most of the San Diego Chargers' 2016 season with a torn ACL, he missed the majority of the 2014 season with a broken fibula. 

With Woodhead out, the Ravens still have Terrance West and Buck Allen at running back. After Sunday's game, quarterback Joe Flacco mentioned WR Michael Campanaro as a possibility. He has a similar build as Woodhead and has experience playing the position from his high school days. The team could also pull up running backs Alex Collins and Jeremy Langford from the practice squad.

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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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