Ex­tra points

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS -

With the moves, the team has two open spots on its ros­ter head­ing into Thurs­day’s pre­sea­son fi­nale against the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins.

Of­fen­sive line­men Mar­shal Yanda and Ron­nie Stan­ley, wide receiver Seth Roberts and Board re­turned to Ravens prac­tice Satur­day morn­ing, but in­juries still dot­ted the de­fense.

Twelve play­ers were ab­sent dur­ing the open por­tion of prac­tice, but just three on of­fense: line­men Randin Cre­celius, Greg Se­nat and Jer­maine Elue­mu­nor. The Ravens’ de­fen­sive ab­sen­tees were tackle Ger­ald Wil­lis; line­backer Jay­lon Fer­gu­son; cor­ner­backs Tavon Young (neck), Bran­don Carr, Maurice Canady and Iman Mar­shall; and safety Earl Thomas III.

Wil­lis, Elue­mu­nor, Fer­gu­son and Se­nat came onto the field about 45 min­utes to an hour into prac­tice and were ex­er­cis­ing with ath­letic train­ers on an ad­ja­cent field. Roberts’ re­turn is the most en­cour­ag­ing. The free-agent sign­ing has been out with an undis­closed in­jury since Aug. 10, the Ravens’ first prac­tice af­ter their pre­sea­son opener. Roberts’ play at train­ing camp made him a near-lock to make the sea­son-open­ing 53-man ros­ter, but his ab­sence and the im­proved play of re­ceivers Jaleel Scott and Michael Floyd had thrown

In the Ravens’ 26-15 win Thurs­day, safety DeShon El­liot was pe­nal­ized for low­er­ing his head to ini­ti­ate con­tact dur­ing a third-quar­ter tackle on Ea­gles wide receiver Greg Ward. Re­plays of the call showed El­liott had driven through Ward’s body with his shoul­der, a le­gal tackle.

El­liott said an of­fi­cial later told him that he “missed it,” but the call stood none­the­less. Over­all, there were 24 penal­ties called, nine on the Ravens.

“They made the call they made,” El­liott said. “Our coaches and me, we al­ways try to tackle the proper way. I think I tackle the proper way, but, hey, there’s no point in ar­gu­ing back with the ref.

“Once they make the call, they make the call. So I re­spect it.”

Har­baugh said none of the team’s starters, in­clud­ing those on spe­cial teams, will play in the Ravens’ pre­sea­son fi­nale Thurs­day against the Red­skins. He said the team will likely de­cide on quar­ter­back Trace McSor­ley’s play­ing time by Mon­day.

Har­baugh said Robert Grif­fin III (frac­tured hand), whose prac­tice work­load has steadily in­creased in re­cent weeks, is still ex­pected to be ready for Week 1.

“Shouldn’t be a prob­lem,” he said.

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