The sun still isn’t shining on the Baltimore Ravens during this year’s training camp.
The team’s rookie offensive lineman Nico Siragusa reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury yesterday, tearing three ligaments on the same play. Wide receivers Quincy Adeboyejo and Brashad Perriman also had to leave practice, and another receiver, Kenny Bell, is now out with a hamstring injury, according to BaltimoreRavens.com. Add tight end Crockett Gillmore and cornerback Maurice Canady, both of whom recently underwent season-ending knee surgeries, to that list, as of yesterday.
Those six players join quarterback Joe Flacco (back), running back Kenneth Dixon (season-ending meniscus tear), tight ends Dennis Pitta (released after dislocating his hip again) and Darren Waller (suspended entire season for substance abuse policy violation), and cornerback Tavon Young (ACL) on a growing list of players who can’t take the field for the Ravens either during training camp or for all of 2017.
And yet, head coach John Harbaugh still proved optimistic at yesterday’s practice.
“I think we’re going to be fine,” he told Ravens.com staff writer Garrett Downing. “We have a lot of good players. We‘re going to play football games. We’re the Ravens and we’re going to be a really good team.”
Still in question is what to do with the QB slot. With Joe Flacco out for at least a couple weeks, the team is working out backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, and grabbed up recent Clemson graduate and indoor football QB David Olson just in case. But the hot topic this week is whether the franchise will bite on signing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who’s made headlines more recently for his activism off the field rather than his play on it.
Some have argued the Black Lives Matter-boosting Kaepernick would make a popular addition for this liberal town, given its tensions between police and residents. But as WBAL-TV reported on Monday, it’s unfortunately a touchy subject with some fans who took issue with his protests against police brutality toward African-Americans last year, namely his decision to remain seated during the National Anthem.
Last we checked, Ray Lewis was giving very confusing recommendations about how the team should proceed. See if you can make sense of his advice below:
brotherhood – we are in this together pic.twitter.com/Q3HpPA0uqr
— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) August 1, 2017
Kaepernick or not, the Ravens need to move past their injury bug and get their best players – the ones whose seasons aren’t already over, that is – back on the field to shape up for this season. Preseason games start next Thursday.
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