The Ravens suffered two big losses in week 1, one to the Denver Broncos and the other the loss of pro bowl OLB Terrell Suggs for the season. Suggs is one of the best all around linebackers, with premiere run stopping skills and a knack for getting after the quarterback. The Ravens signed 35 year old Jason Babin to help fill the void, although 4th year linebacker Courtney Upshaw, pass rushing specialist Elvis Dumervil, and rookie OLB Za'Darius Smith will all be counted on to play increased snaps.
With this loss, the Ravens could use some good news. It looks like the team will be receiving some reinforcements this week, in the shape of two up and coming players returning:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Timmy Jernigan and Lorenzo Taliaferro were full participants. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ravens?src=hash">#Ravens</a></p>— Brian Bower (@sportguyRSR) <a href="https://twitter.com/sportguyRSR/status/644317686139363332">September 17, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Javorius Allen and Carl Davis both played well in their absences, but Jernigan returning should help mitigate some of the loss of Suggs. With Brandon Williams proving to be an absolute force, and Carl Davis looking very good, the defensive line is a scary proposition for most teams.
At running back, Justin Forsett had a rough week against the Broncos and has been limited in practice this week. No word on his availability for the Raiders game, but Taliaferro returning should supply a boost to the unit.
In addition, Rashaan Melvin looks to be nearing a return, although he is still limited in practice. Breshad Perriman is expected back by October, but is still no practicing with the team. The concussion to Eugene Monroe is a concern as he did not practice yesterday, but there is still hope he will play on Sunday.