NFL Ravens 

Injuries overshadow a poor showing against Washington

Baltimore went into the game with a large amount of their offensive line suffering from injuries, even their backups were injured. That’s been the theme for the Ravens to this point in the preseason, injury after injury. Their first round pick has yet to participate in his second practice from the first day of camp, against Washington they even suffered a couple of injuries to the defensive line. There were a few positives for Baltimore in an otherwise very forgettable  preseason game against Washington on Saturday night. The good news, there’s time for players to heal from injuries and be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

  1. Flacco to Smith. The first team offense looked good, well at least the connection between Baltimore’s starting quarterback and his number one wideout. Smith was well on his way to tallying 100 receiving yards in the first quarter before he got ejected in his scuffle with Redskins defensive back Chris Culliver. The elder pass catcher showed he still has something left in the tank as he finished the game with 4 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.
  2. No running game. Baltimore struggled to run the ball, all night. It didn’t matter if it was the 1s against the 1s or 2s vs 2s. Washington was able to limit Baltimore to 2.2 yards a carry for the night. Obviously the issues up front in regards to injuries played a role, but Baltimore  believes it has good depth so no excuses.
  3. Timmy Jernigan. The second year defensive lineman from Florida State got injured in the first half, it was a leg injury (knee). He’s  expected to play a bigger role this season after the departure of Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee up front. The team has yet to issue a statement on his injury.
  4. Injuries keep coming. Jernigan wasn’t the only Raven to go down, two of his fellow lineman in DeAngelo Tyson and Lawrence Guy were injured as well. They even lost another offensive lineman as Ryan Jensen left the game with a concussion.
  5. Lack of a #2. There was every opportunity for a second wideout to show out and make a statement after Smith got ejected from the game. Micheal Campanaro didn’t play in the game, so he’s excused, but Kamar Aiken and Jeremy Butler didn’t really seize the opportunity. They bad a few catches, but no one truly stood out. Even camp surprise performer Darren Waller had a quiet day with one catch for five yards. With Perriman behind the eight ball due to his injury, it’ll probably be Aiken who starts opposite Smith, but there was definitely an opportunity on Saturday night to take the job. Also, Matt Schaub wasn’t particularly impressive in his backing up Joe Flacco. Even with the line issues, Schaub barely looked like that of a former starting quarterback.

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