The biggest story is the full participation of LB Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil only played in Weeks 4 and 5, and has since been out with a foot injury. His workload will likely be limited if he plays on Sunday, as the Ravens will want to be cautious due to his recent injury history. The possible return of Dumervil would be a very welcomed sight to pair with outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is coming off his best game of the year.
Other full participants included RG Marshall Yanda (shoulder), who missed the Ravens Week 10 matchup with the Browns, and LB Kamalei Correa (thigh), who last played in Week 7 against the Jets. If Yanda is able to return, G Vlad Ducasse will likely be bumped from the starting lineup, unless Baltimore chooses to start Ducasse at left guard over John Urschel.
The Ravens only had three non-participants in Wednesday’s practice. However, two of them don’t come as surprises. G/T Alex Lewis did not participate Wednesday, following reports of him being out for the next six weeks with an ankle injury. In his absence, Urschel will likely be the starter at left guard.
Urschel was projected to be the Week 1 starter before going down with an injury at the beginning of the year. Lewis however, has played extremely well in his starting role, and kept the job upon Urschel’s return. While it’s possible Urschel keeps the job when Lewis comes back, Lewis will likely move back into the stating lineup once healthy.
TE Crockett Gillmore also missed Wednesday’s practice, still recovering from a thigh injury. Dennis Pitta will remain the starting tight end as has been the case in previous weeks. Following a strong performance against the Browns, TE Darren Waller may seen more work in Week 11. Remember, Waller was one of the stars of the Ravens preseason.
The more surprising inactive is CB Jimmy Smith (back). Smith did not seem to be in pain in and following the Ravens Week 10 contest with the Browns. Holding him out of practice may very well be precautionary, or purely to give a day of rest, but his absence his a story worth keeping an eye on, especially with the Dak Prescott-Dez Bryant duo looming in Week 11. However, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said earlier today that Smith is expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys.
But if Smith’s injury proves to be more serious, the Ravens will at least receive some help in the secondary. CB Shareece Wright (thigh) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. Wright has been out since Week 6, and if Smith proves to not be able to go, Wright will be needed, although, considering how well he has been playing, it would not be surprising to see CB Tavon Young, not Wright, matched up with Bryant if Smith is inactive.
The two limited participants were LB C.J. Mosley (thigh), and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh). Eight total players were mentioned on the injury report, and only three of them didn’t practice at all. Hey, it could be worse.