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Sto­ry­line of the week

Cursed: The Ravens nearly made it through the pre­sea­son healthy, but in­juries struck them in a big way dur­ing the past week. DT Wil­lie Henry (her­nia surgery), TE Hay­den Hurst (stress frac­ture in his foot) and S DeShon El­liott (bro­ken fore­arm) suf­fered in­juries that will carry into the reg­u­lar sea­son. Adding to the grow­ing list of ab­sences, CB Jimmy Smith was sus­pended for four games for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s per­sonal con­duct pol­icy. El­liott, who was hurt dur­ing the vic­tory against the Dol­phins, had been play­ing well all pre­sea­son, show­ing flashes on de­fense, fly­ing around and hit­ting play­ers and play­ing a role on spe­cial teams.

Rookie watch

With ros­ter de­ci­sions due Sept. 1, WR Jaleel Scott has dis­ap­peared from train­ing camp prac­tices and pre­sea­son games. Even though he was drafted in the fourth round, Scott is far from a lock to make the 53-man ros­ter and needs to show quickly why he’s de­serv­ing of land­ing a spot.

Matthew Stevens, Ravens Wire

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