Jacoby Jones, Arthur Brown To Practice

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Joe Platania

OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens' oft-depleted receiving corps got some good news with word that Jacoby Jones, who suffered knee ligament damage when Brynden Trawick knocked him to the ground during the opener at Denver, would be returning to practice this week.

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Not only that, Deonte Thompson seemed to have suffered no ill effects of the helmet-to-helmet hit he suffered in Buffalo, although he has yet to go through the normal concussion protocol.

Marlon Brown's hamstring strain doesn't appear serious, and running back Ray Rice played the entire game and came through fine, head coach John Harbaugh said. Brandon Stokley, deactivated because of a late-week groin injury, will be monitored closely this week.

Also on the offensive side of the ball, running back/returner Shaun Draughn (high ankle sprain) seemed to be in good condition the morning of Sept. 30, and running back Bernard Pierce's calf strain wasn't serious enough to hold him out of the Buffalo game, even though he didn't carry the ball much.

Defensively, rookie second-round linebacker Arthur Brown (pectoral) will return to practice this week, and nose tackle Brandon Williams (toe) and defensive end Chris Canty (groin) seemed to come out of the game with few problems.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb's hamstring strain and linebacker Albert McClellan's shoulder sprain don't appear serious, and cornerback Jimmy Smith's gluteus bruise slowed him only slightly in Buffalo, N.Y.

Newly signed safety/special teamer Jeromy Miles (hamstring) should be practicing fully this week.

JOEY P'S TRIVIA TIME: Today's question:

The Ravens' nine rushing attempts during the loss at Buffalo represented an all-time franchise-record low. Meanwhile, the Bills rushed the ball on 55 occasions, a single-game record for a Baltimore opponent.

What is the highest number of carries the Ravens have attempted during a game?

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's column.

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CHEFFERS TO REF: As we've stated before, the ultimate compliment one can give to the members of an officiating crew is not remembering their presence at a game.

That being said, Jerome Boger's crew had several challenging replay decisions to make during the Sept. 29 Ravens-Bills game, and seemed to get all of them right.

Keep that in mind this week, when sixth-year referee and 14-year official Carl Cheffers handles a pivotal game between the Ravens and Miami (1 p.m. Oct. 6; WJZ-TV, WIYY-FM).

Cheffers was last in Baltimore in December 2012, for the Ravens' much-needed blowout win against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, one that stopped a three-game losing streak.

Before that, Cheffers worked the December 2011 Sunday-night game in San Diego, one the Ravens lost handily.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Whether it's a show of leadership or not, linebacker Terrell Suggs was one of many who tweeted reassuring thoughts to the fans after the loss in Buffalo:

"They gon talk about it. Just let em know we already got it. Just tell em that we gon work at it, WE GOOD!!!!!!"

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JOEY P'S TRIVIA TIME ANSWER: Here's the question we asked earlier in this column:

The Ravens' nine rushing attempts during the loss at Buffalo represented an all-time franchise-record low. Meanwhile, the Bills rushed the ball on 55 occasions, a single-game record for a Baltimore opponent.

What is the highest number of carries the Ravens have attempted during a game?

ANSWER:

We mentioned the Buffalo total in our question because the Ravens' single-game record for carries happens to be 55, set during a win at Cleveland in December 2011.

The Ravens pounded out a 24-10 win against the Browns thanks to those carries and the 290 yards that resulted from them. 

The yardage total represents the third largest in Ravens history; the record is 343 yards, set during the 2003 home opener. That was the day Jamal Lewis set what was then an NFL record with a 295-yard performance on the team's first game on SportExe Momentum Turf.

Against the Browns two years ago, it was Ray Rice that set the pace with 29 carries for 204 yards and a 6-yard touchdown run that served as the game's first points.

During the third quarter, Ricky Williams added a touchdown of his own, part of a 16-carry, 76-yard day. Joe Flacco and Vonta Leach each contributed four carries, and Torrey Smith and Tyrod Taylor had one carry each.

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