Of the 11 players to miss practice for the Ravens on Monday morning, Marquise Brown, one of the smallest players on the team, was the biggest absence.
In recovery from a Lisfranc injury in his foot, the 5-9, 170-pound Brown slowly progressed until he took part in team drills two days ago. In 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills, the wide receiver nicknamed 'Hollywood' looked as fast as ever in his first day fully apart of practice.
But on Sunday, his role was diminished, as he saw fewer reps than he did the day before. Coach John Harbaugh, however, dismissed the idea that Brown's absence was anything out of the ordinary.
“He's recovering," Harbaugh said. "All those kinds of things are just part of training camp. I'm not going to get into every single guy or why he's here or why he's not. We don't have any serious injuries. It's just part of our process.”
While Harbaugh wasn't interested in answering questions about injuries, any prolonged absence or setback for Brown would hurt a Ravens offense that's looking to feature its first-round speedster. Brown, fighting the injury at the NFL Combine earlier this year, said he thought he could have broken the Combine record of 4.22 seconds if he had been fully healthy.
And even though Brown is almost certain to not make his pro debut in the Ravens' preseason clash against the Packers on Thursday, his status is something to monitor moving forward.
In addition to Brown, 10 other players missed practice: Seth Roberts, Randin Crecelius, Greg Senat, Marshal Yanda, Tavon Young, Maurice Canady, Earl Thomas, Iman Marshall, Mike Onuoha and Matthew Judon.
Harbaugh said there were no serious injuries, however, and with the end of camp Tuesday, the day was likely just a day off for some veterans. He also said the team will bring in a kicker to help out with the workload for kicker Justin Tucker after the trade of Kaare Vedvik to Minnesota.
“We’ll bring somebody in, maybe a couple of guys here and there to help us with the workload,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh wished Vedvik well in Minnesota, but also emphasized how the trade was a "win-win."
"It's a smart move by Minnesota for a lot of reasons," Harbaugh began. "He can kick, he can punt, he can kick-off and he can hold. So, there are a lot of ways they can use him and they're thinking that way in terms of the trade. It's great for us because we get a fifth-round pick and it's hard-earned."
The Ravens will end training camp Tuesday morning after a second 8:45 a.m. practice as they get ready for the Packers on Thursday night.
After Thursday’s game, the team will head to Philadelphia for joint practices with the Eagles next week before facing the Eagles.
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