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Ravens Dealing With Injury Bug Before Start of Regular Season

August 27, 2018 - 9:59 am

By Joe Schiller 

With the preseason comes injuries and as much as the Baltimore Ravens had been unable to avoid them throughout the early portions, they've caught up. Following Saturday’s preseason matchup against the Miami Dolphins, here’s a look at the current injury situation.

Hayden Hurst

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Friday that the rookie tight end is expected to miss three to four weeks with a stress fracture in his foot. John Harbaugh confirmed the reports after Saturday’s game and it’s an unfortunate start to Hurst’s career. He had put together a solid preseason up to this point.

Hurst reportedly had a screw inserted into his foot. Depending on his recovery, there’s a chance the original timetable could increase. Tight end continues to be a position ravaged by injuries and inconsistencies for the Ravens. Rookie third-round pick Mark Andrews will be expected to take on a larger role and the door opens for Maxx Williams to make the 53-man roster in the last year of his rookie contract.

DeShon Elliott

Elliott suffered a fractured forearm against the Dolphins and could potentially miss the entirety of his rookie season. Like Hurst, Elliott was having a strong preseason without most of the starters in the secondary on the field. While he likely wouldn’t have seen much playing time at safety, he could have been an important special teams contributor among Jerry Rosburg’s unit.

At this point the indications are Elliott won’t see the field this season and he’ll be stashed on the injured reserve list, preparing for the 2019 season.

Willie Henry

John Harbaugh told reporters following Saturday’s game that defensive tackle Willie Henry underwent hernia surgery. Harbaugh did not give a clear timetable for Henry’s return but said “he’ll be a few weeks,” per the team’s official website.

Henry’s injury wasn’t a result of the game but nevertheless, another injury. Luckily, it doesn’t expect to be anything overly serious but the Ravens will want one of their top defensive tackles back as soon as possible. Henry broke out in three starts last season, totaling 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Greg Senat

Senat was seen as a project offensive tackle coming out of Wagner but has shown ability as a reserve lineman in the preseason. He limped off the field Saturday in what was deemed a toe/foot injury per Harbaugh. Senat is expected to undergo more testing.

While it may not seem like much for a reserve player, depth on the offensive line is crucial. It’s something the Ravens severely lacked last season.