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James Hurst Returns Back to Practice

November 28, 2018 - 3:35 pm

By Joe Schiller 

As the Baltimore Ravens make a crucial playoff push down the final stretch of the season, James Hurst had made his return to the practice field. 

The veteran offensive lineman missed the previous five games with nerve issue in his back. The injury reportedly affected feeling in Hurst’s calfs and no definitive timetable was given on his return.

With questions if Hurst would potentially land on season-ending injured reserve, this is great news. While he’s likely not expected to play on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, Hurst is a crucial piece to an offense that’s embraced the ground game as of recent.

The Ravens rushed for 509 yards in the last two weeks behind the production of Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards, the most in the NFL during that span. 

When fully active, the question will revolve around Hurst’s position on the offensive line. Rookie Orlando Brown Jr. has played well in a starting role and looks primed to be the future at right tackle. Hurst started 16 regular season games at left guard in 2017 and has seen action at every position on the line during the course of his pro career except for center.

Nevertheless, getting back a starting-caliber offensive lineman proves favorable for the Ravens with only five games remaining.