After an injury-free 2021 campaign, the off-season has been kind to the Ravens so far.
Coach John Harbaugh provided updates Thursday for quarterback Tyler Huntley and outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson and expressed optimism about long-term rehabilitation for running left tackles Ronnie Stanley and JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards.
“I’d say they’re all on schedule, but what’s the schedule?” Harbaugh said of Dobbins and Edwards, who both suffered ACL tears last season. “It’s a little harder to say than a knee injury what the schedule is.”
Harbaugh said he “hopes” Stanley, Dobbins and Edwards will all be ready for Week 1 and have a chance to return to training camp next month.
Harbaugh said Huntley, who only practiced on Tuesdays this week, has tendinitis in his shoulder, which he has thrown up in high numbers done in minicamps and organized team activities. Starter Lamar Jackson left nine voluntary practices, Huntley was the Ravens’ top quarterback before Jackson returned this week.
Ferguson sprained his left ankle during Wednesday’s practice, Harbaugh said, appearing to roll it during pass-rushing practice as a fourth-year player. Ferguson taped the ankle and returned to the field but was completely out on Thursday.
Harbaugh did not give a specific timeline for Huntley and Ferguson to return as the team takes a few weeks off before training camp begins.
The Eleven Ravens missed Thursday’s practice, although most are still recovering from a long list of injuries from last season. Rookie outside linebacker David Ozabo (Achilles tendon) as well as cornerbacks Marcus Peters (knee) and Ar’Darius Washington (leg) have not all had off-season practice. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce did not participate in the minicamp due to a “personal matter” that Harbaugh did not disclose on Tuesday.
Tight end Nick Boyle also did not practice on Thursday, but Harbaugh said he still has a scheduled day.
Dobbins was seen around the facility during the minicamp, but did not attend practice as he continued to rehabilitate with Edward and Stanley.
“You talk to JK, he’s starting to run back,” Harbaugh said. “He should have practiced today, but he still has work to do. So does Gus.”
Stanley has played just one game since signing his five-year contract worth $100 million. He injured his ankle in the first game after signing the deal during the 2020 season and played just one game in 2021 before undergoing another ankle surgery.
“Ronnie’s ankle looks great,” Harbaugh continued. “Ronnie’s mission now will be to get in the best shape of his life.”
A silver lining to Stanley’s injury, Harbaugh said on Thursday, has added depth to the tackle position this year. He specifically mentioned rookie Daniel Falley, a fourth-round draft pick and the biggest player in the NFL at 6-8,380 pounds. In that shape, Faalele is working on his conditioning to be at the NFL level.