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Ravens WR Marquise Brown Practices But Unlikely To Play Against Packers

August 13, 2019
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he expects quarterback Lamar Jackson to have roughly the same workload in the second preseason game as he had in the preseason opener last week, but it seems likely that wide receiver Marquise Brown, the Ravens' first draft pick this spring, will sit out his second straight preseason game.

The Ravens host the Green Bay Packers at M&T Bank Stadium Aug. 15, then conclude the preseason  schedule at Philadelphia (Aug. 22) and at Washington (Aug. 29). 

Brown has been eased back to action after offseason foot surgery on a Lisfranc injury, and after taking part in full-team drills for the first time this past week, he missed practice Aug. 12. 

Harbaugh called the absence of Brown and others "just part of training camp," and Brown was back on the field the next day. 

"He looked great today," Harbaugh said after the Aug. 13 workout. "It's going to be like that. It's just going to be a process with Marquise, and see how feels from one day to the next. It's healing. I think part of it is just getting strong just from the reps."

Asked about his availability for preseason games, Brown said, "Whatever they tell me, I'm just going to stick to the timeline." 

"I feel like each day I'm getting better," he added. 

Brown's straight-line speed is evident, but he still looks a bit tentative making sharp cuts. Brown ran a couple of deep post routes in 11-on-11 play and in his biggest play of the day, he caught a pass over the middle and shot up the seam between the safeties. 

"When the ball comes your way, no matter what percent you are, you got to be able to make the play, so that's all I'm trying to do," he said.

Jackson had an up-and-down day, but as the portion of training camp open to fans came to an end with this practice, he said he is "way ahead" of where he was at this time last year.

During one 11-on-11 period, Jackson underthrew a deep pass that was intercepted by Tony Jefferson, but Jackson later floated a pass to Mark Andrews just beyond the reach of cornerback Cyrus Jones that would have gone for about a 60-yard touchdown. In a three-on-three red-zone drill, he threw a nice touchdown pass that Miles Boykin caught over Justin Bethel but then was intercepted by Marlon Humphrey, whose outstanding training camp continued with another strong day. 

Harbaugh noted that the Ravens' plan for Jackson against the Packers would be "about the same" as it was against Jacksonville in the preseason opener. Jackson played three series in the Ravens' 29-0 win, leading the Ravens on two scoring drives. He finished 4-for-6 passing for 59 yards. 

TRAINING CAMP NOTEBOOK

J. SMITH RESTS, 10 OTHERS ABSENT: Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who left practice early Aug. 12, did not practice Aug. 13, but Harbaugh called it a rest day. Three other cornerbacks -- Anthony Averett, Iman Marshall and Tavon Young -- also missed practice, but Harbaugh didn't offer specifics, saying the absences were just "varying things with varying guys."

Other absences included wide receiver Seth Roberts; offensive linemen Randin Crecelius, Greg Senat and Marshall Yanda (foot); and linebackers Pernell McPhee, Mike Onuoha (wrist) and Matthew Judon.

TIGHT ENDS FIRED UP: The Ravens tight ends had some energy at practice Aug. 13. In a 7-on-7 red zone drill, Nick Boyle and safety Chuck Clark got into a scuffle at the line of scrimmage, with each throwing a punch or two before they were separated. A few plays later, Hayden Hurst caught a short touchdown pass and punctuated the play with a thunderous spike and flex of his muscles inches from safety DeShon Elliott.

Hurst had one of his best days of training camp, making several big grabs, working open into space and making contested catches. 

"Hayden Hurst had a really big day today," Harbaugh said. "It was great to see. He was fast, he made a bunch of tough catches. We were on fire in the red zone. We made a lot of plays in the red zone. Hayden was a huge part of that."

CARR HONORED: Cornerback Brandon Carr was honored after practice with the Tim Wheatley Award for community service, given annually by the family of the late Baltimore Sun sports editor. "It's always just empowering for myself to do ... as much as I can off the field as I do on the field. Community service to me is second nature."

"It's an honor and a blessing ... and there's much more work to be done," he added. 

PUNTER SIGNED: The Ravens signed rookie punter Sean Smith to take the roster spot of kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik, who was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a future draft pick. Smith, a left-footed punter who set school records at Dayton, had previously been with the Ravens during rookie minicamp. 

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