The Ravens can't seem to escape the injury bug. After Matt Elam's season-ending bicep tear earlier this week, three other players who are poised to have potentially big roles this year went down.
Per the Baltimore Sun's Jon Meoli, offensive guards John Urschel and Robert Myers went down today with apparent concussions.
Urschel hit his head early in practice, and according to Meoli "laid on the field for several minutes while being tended to by trainers, and a cart came out to take him inside the team facility". Urschel was able to walk off the field, but for someone who values and uses their brain so much (Urschel is a math-whiz), head trauma is especially concerning.
Urschel was playing in the place of star tackle Kelechi Osemele, who himself was sidelined due to his foot being stepped on the day before. Coach Harbaugh's decision to sit him was more precautionary than anything else, as Osemele still played reps after the incident occurred yesterday.
Robert 'Quadzilla' Myers, this year's fifth-round selection for the Ravens was also afflicted with a head injury after "banging his head". Coach Harbaugh said that both players were being examined for concussions.
While these injuries are very unfortunate for the team, it also gives one player a shot to show what he's got. The various injuries opened up a slot for third-year guard Ryan Jensen to join the first-team offense. So far this camp, Jensen has been working as the second-team center, this is his first appearance on the first-team.
"It's unfortunate what happened today, but that's kind of what happens in this league," Jensen said after practice. "You've got to be able to step up when your number is called, and I think today was a good opportunity to show that I can play guard and center. I've been mostly playing center all camp, and it was an opportunity for me to show that I can be versatile and play both positions."
There's no doubt that Jensen is a versatile lineman, as he is no stranger to lining up wherever he is needed. He came into the league at center, before being shifted to right tackle in last year's camp. After spending almost all of last year on the practice squad as a guard, he made the move back to center this year.
Jensen is grateful for the opportunity, even despite the way it happened. Said Jensen, "Being able to go out and run with the first-team offense today and get that experience with Eugene [Monroe] and Marshal [Yanda] and all them and being in a group with them, it was a good opportunity for me,"
While it's great that Jensen is getting his chance, we certainly hope that both Urschel and Myers find their way back onto the field soon. Concussions are no joke.