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Ravens Face Their Toughest Preseason Stretch

August 20, 2018 - 10:27 am
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By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens have looked impressive through two preseason games but perhaps their best accomplishment this offseason has been a statistic that doesn’t show up in the final score sheet.

Injuries.

At this point last season, the Ravens had already lost Tavon Young, Kenneth Dixon, Nico Siragusa, Alex Lewis, Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore and Tim White to season-ending injuries. It was the beginning of an injury-plagued season across the board for a team that still came one play away from making the playoffs.

On Friday’s joint practice against the Indianapolis Colts, The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec counted only one player on the active roster not on the field.

The PUP list has continued to grow smaller as only Jaylen Hill, Quincy Adeboyejo and Bam Bradley remain. The concern of a prolonged preseason brought about legitimate concerns but it’s been a relatively healthy camp so far for the Ravens. No players have suffered any significant injuries up to this point, which is huge for a team vying to end their playoff drought.

However, the final stretch of the preseason will be the toughest test. The Ravens play three games in 10 days starting tonight and one can assume John Harbaugh and company will make sure the starters and important backups don’t risk getting hurt ahead of a Week 1 matchup against the Buffalo Bills.