Two days before the Ravens’ pivotal AFC North showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals, several key players were absent from practice.
Seven Ravens missed Tuesday’s practice, including cornerback Marlon Humphrey (calf), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (knee) and left guard John Simpson (illness/shoulder). Humphrey and Stanley were both injured in Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns and also missed practice Monday, while Simpson’s absence is his first for an ailment all season.
Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Humphrey and Stanley’s injuries wouldn’t keep them out “long term,” adding they have a “chance” to play Thursday. Simpson, a full participant on the Ravens’ estimated practice report Monday, has started all 10 games at left guard this season.
If Simpson and Stanley are unable to play, the Ravens would be without their starters on the left side of their offensive line against the Bengals. However, Morgan Moses, the Ravens’ starting right tackle, said Tuesday he’s prepared to play after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury. To add to its offensive line depth, Baltimore on Tuesday signed tackle Josh Wells to the practice squad and released tight end Eric Tomlinson.
Outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy (groin) and linebacker Trenton Simpson, who suffered a concussion Sunday, were also absent. Veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney both received rest days.
Wide receiver Devin Duvernay (hamstring) was limited Tuesday, while safety Daryl Worley (hamstring) practiced in full after a limited session Monday.
Tuesday featured the only full practice of the shortened week ahead of “Thursday Night Football” against the Bengals. At 7-3, the Ravens own a half-game lead over the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers atop the AFC North. Cincinnati is in last at 5-4.
The Bengals could be without at least one of their top edge rushers Thursday. Trey Hendrickson (knee) was a limited participant and Sam Hubbard (ankle) missed practice. Hendrickson and Hubbard lead the team in sacks with 8 1/2 and four, respectively. Wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) was also absent for the second consecutive day after missing Sunday’s game.
Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker contributed to this article.