Leg injury keeping Williams sidelined
Jacoby Jones announces retirement, recalls run to Super Bowl XLVII
The Ravens will have to stop Pittsburgh Steelers star running back
on Sunday without their top interior run-stuffer.
Having already placed starting defensive end on injured reserve this week because of a Lisfranc injury, the Ravens will be forced to play a second consecutive game without standout defensive tackle who is dealing with a lower-leg injury suffered during a Sept. 17 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Williams, who came out to the practice field this week but didn’t participate, is hardly a lock to play against the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 8, either.
“He’s progressing well. He’s not going to be able to play this week. He’s got a lower-leg issue that he’s dealing with. I think when you see him practicing, you’ll know that he’s either close to getting back or back. That’s where it’s at right now,” Ravens coach said after Friday’s practice. “It’s not going to be half the season or anything like that. It’s a matter of weeks when he got hurt. I’ll have my fingers crossed in the upcoming week or two.”
With Williams and Urban out, the Ravens will rely heavily on a young and mostly unproven group of interior defensive linemen. Either
or rookie if not both, will make their NFL debut this week after being inactive for the first three games.
The Ravens also have the option of starting at defensive end and plugging second-year player
into the lineup at Williams’ defensive tackle spot. Davis and Henry both played well in Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tight end Maxx (ankle) and cornerback (thigh) also were ruled out for Sunday’s game.
The Ravens did get good news Friday when tight end
returned to practice after missing the previous two days because of a calf injury.
Watson, who leads the Ravens with 11 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, was listed as questionable on the final injury report, but he said he’ll play Sunday.
“It’s something that just kind of crept up a little while ago, and we just wanted to be smart with it,” Watson said. “The training staff made a decision to not have me out there for a couple days, and I’ve just been treating it and stuff. So I’m feeling good and ready to go.” Wide Jones’ career celebrated: receiver-returner signed with the Ravens not long after one of the low points of his career. As a member of the 2011 Houston Texans, Jones fumbled twice, losing one of them, in the team’s 20-13 AFC divisional-round playoff game loss to the Ravens. Jones became public enemy No. 1 with the Texans’ fan base and ultimately was released.
A little more than a year after the gaffes, Jones played a starring role in the Ravens’ second Super Bowl title. Jones’ time with the Ravens was celebrated Friday at the Under Armour Performance Center as the 33-year-old officially announced his retirement in a news conference attended by Ravens general manager
team president associate head coach and special teams coordinator
and Harbaugh. Jones, who played with the Ravens from 2012 to 2014, has been out of the NFL since he was released by the Steelers late in the 2015 season.
“This organization is a family more than anything,” Jones said. “The city of Baltimore accepted me. They took me in. It’s love. I appreciate it. Everything has to come to an end, but at least it’s here.”
Jones’ time with the Ravens will be best remembered for his performance in the team’s 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. A Louisiana native, Jones caught a 56-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and then returned the opening kickoff the second half for a record 108-yard touchdown.
“In the biggest game, on the biggest stage, he had his best game in his hometown. And that’s surreal,” Newsome said Friday. Stanley prepping for Watt:
remembers when he was a rookie just a year ago, so he’s not about to overlook simply because this is the Steelers outside linebacker’s first year in the NFL.
Watt, the 30th overall selection in April’s draft, became the first player in league history to produce two sacks and one interception in his debut in a season opener. In Pittsburgh’s 21-18 win against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 10, Watt finished with six tackles, five solo stops and two tackles for loss.
A groin strain prevented the 6foot-4, 252-pound Watt from making his third consecutive start in a road loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, but Stanley has been studying the Wisconsin product. End zone: Harbaugh said he was extremely pleased with the way his team practiced this week after the disappointing loss to the Jaguars. “We have a lot to prove after that game, no question. You always have a lot to prove,” Harbaugh said “You don’t like going out there and getting your butt kicked at any time, and our guys, we all feel that.” … Harbaugh gave outside linebacker
the day off from practice Friday.
From left, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, former receiver Jacoby Jones and head coach John Harbaugh discuss Jones’ retirement on Friday afternoon. Jones played with the Ravens from 2012 to 2014.