Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman and outside linebacker Justin Houston returned to practice Wednesday, a significant step forward in their recovery from lingering lower-body injuries.
Bateman hadn’t practiced since spraining his foot in the Ravens’ Week 4 loss to the Buffalo Bills, while Houston had been out since spraining his groin in their Week 3 win over the New England Patriots. Bateman leads the team’s wide receivers in receiving yards (243); Houston has two sacks, the most among the team’s outside linebackers. Both Bateman and Houston were listed as limited participants on the team’s injury report.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson was also listed as a limited participant with a hip injury, but he spoke to reporters after practice and gave no indication he was dealing with significant discomfort. He said he’s looking forward to Bateman’s return.
“That’s our No. 1 guy,” Jackson said. “We definitely need him back out there. When he comes back I feel like we’re gonna need him at the perfect time.”
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, whose practice squad signing was finalized Wednesday, and rookie tight end Charlie Kolar, who was designated to return Tuesday after being sidelined for nearly two months by a sports hernia, were also on the practice field. With the 6-foot-6 Kolar, the Ravens will have 21 days to move him to their 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
“I would expect in three weeks, by then at least, maybe sooner, [Kolar] should be out there,” coach John Harbaugh said.
Eight Ravens were missing at practice, including seven starters: tight end Mark Andrews, wide receiver Devin Duvernay (rest), running back J.K. Dobbins (knee), fullback Patrick Ricard (knee), right tackle Morgan Moses (heel), defensive lineman Calais Campbell (foot) and cornerback Marcus Peters (rest). Reserve guard Ben Cleveland (foot) was also absent.
Harbaugh said Andrews took a rest day, but he was listed with a knee injury on the team’s official report.
Left Ronnie Stanley (rest/ankle) was listed as a limited participant while running back Justice Hill was a full participant for the first time since he returned from a hamstring injury last week.
Moses was held out of the second half of the Ravens’ loss Sunday to the New York Giants after being carted off the field with a minor injury. Dobbins’ knee tightened up Sunday, Harbaugh said Monday.