The Baltimore Ravens have been fairly lucky in the injury department in 2018, especially in comparison to previous years. As it always happens in the NFL, that fortune has been tested early in the season, and Baltimore looked to be facing a large void when star linebacker C.J. Mosley left the field against the Bengals last Thursday night.
On a non-contact play, he landed awkwardly on his knee and hobbled away, leading to immediate speculation on the injury:
#CJMosley carted to locker room.— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) September 14, 2018
I hope his Lachman exam in training room checks out.
That is a test for ACL tear.
Suspicious landing after hoping over #TylerBoyd.#FingersCrossed. https://t.co/wSf2YjkMVB
Thankfully, it was not as serious as the above suggested, and the team later reported it as a bone bruise. Still Mosley missed the remainder of Baltimore’s loss to Cincinnati, and concerns remained about his availability in the coming weeks.
However, according to the team’s official Twitter page, his recovery is progressing pretty quickly:
LB C.J. Mosley returned to the practice field today. pic.twitter.com/32MZm0p8Pe— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2018
While this is a great sign, it is important to note that there is no mention of Mosley being fully cleared or any indication he will be active on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Still, when the injury initially occurred, speculation about a ligament tear was thrown around, meaning he would have been shut down for the year. All things considered, one game missed (if he even does miss it) would be fortunate when considering the alternatives.
Either way, it is great to have Mosley back on the practice field, as his absence (and the communication issues it caused) was quite apparent in Week 2.