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Ravens post-preseason injury report

Here's a look at how the Ravens are health-wise coming out of the preseason.

Ed Dickson has been optimistic for a Week 1 return from his hamstring injury for a while now.
Ed Dickson has been optimistic for a Week 1 return from his hamstring injury for a while now.

Like most NFL teams, the Ravens came out of the preseason with some injuries — some serious, some not so much. Here's how they look entering Week 1:

TE Ed Dickson (hamstring): Dickson did not play in any of the four preseason games after partially tearing his hamstring in Baltimore's open practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. However, he's optimistic for a Week 1 return.

WR Deonte Thompson (foot): Thompson sprained his foot but could be back by either the first or second week of the regular season. He has a lot of speed and was being looked at as an inside receiver.

QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion): Taylor sustained a concussion against Carolina in the third preseason game and was unable to play Thursday night against St. Louis. However, he's expected to complete the NFL's concussion protocol, evidenced by the Ravens releasing both Caleb Hanie and Dayne Crist on Friday.

TE Dennis Pitta (hip): Pitta will probably be placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list, meaning he will be stashed away for up to nine weeks (six mandatory, three grace period ones) with the Ravens then deciding if they'll activate him to the roster or place him on season-ending IR. If his recovery goes well and there's a chance he could participate in a playoff run, he'll hang around on the roster once he comes off the IR designation.

ILB Jameel McClain (spinal cord contusion): McClain is beginning the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list because he's been unable to get clearance for a spinal cord contusion he suffered last December. There is some concern that if McClain's MRIs aren't showing progress when his PUP time is up, that he'll be lost for the season.

DL Kapron Lewis-Moore (ACL): The rookie out of Notre Dame tore his ACL in the BCS Championship and is currently on the reserve/non-football injury list — which is somewhat contradictory, though that list applies to those not injured while with the Ravens in an organization-related activity. It's possible Lewis-Moore is available late this season, which could be a good thing if another defensive lineman sustains an injury.

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