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Ravens CB Anthony Averett, OLB Odafe Oweh among 11 missing at practice; OT Ja’Wuan James won’t return this season – Twin Cities

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The Ravens had eight players sidelined by injuries at Wednesday’s practice ahead of Sunday’s pivotal game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Baltimore had 13 players total on the injury report, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was limited in his return to the field for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in a Dec. 12 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Cornerback Anthony Averett (ribs/chest), outside linebacker Odafe Oweh (foot), fullback Patrick Ricard (knee), left guard Ben Powers (foot), wide receiver Devin Duvernay (ankle), right tackle Tyre Phillips (knee), linebacker Malik Harrison (illness) and defensive back Anthony Levine Sr. (knee) did not practice.

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Averett, the Ravens’ top cornerback in a depleted secondary, left Sunday’s 41-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half after attempting to tackle tight end C.J. Uzomah. Duvernay and Ricard, who were named to the Pro Bowl last week, remain sidelined after missing Sunday’s game.

Three players — outside linebacker Justin Houston, cornerback Tavon Young and right guard Kevin Zeitler — received rest days.

In addition to Jackson, outside linebacker Tyus Bowser was limited for personal reasons.

Right tackle Patrick Mekari (hand), tight end Nick Boyle (knee) and defensive linemen Calais Campbell (thigh) were full participants.

OT Ja’Wuan James won’t return this season

Offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James was not added to the 53-man roster by Wednesday’s deadline, meaning he will revert to the non-football injury list and miss the remainder of the season.

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The Ravens signed the 29-year-old James, a 2014 first-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins, to a two-year deal in June after he suffered a torn Achilles tendon and was cut by the Denver Broncos.

Coach John Harbaugh said “I think that ship has sailed” when asked Wednesday about James’ potential return.

“My position on it was he’ll do the best he can and really make the determination for himself,” Harbaugh said. “You’re talking about an Achilles, that’s something that the player has to decide, really, if he feels like he’s ready to go. There hasn’t been any talk along those lines. So, as a coach, we’re not preparing for him to be back. Of course, you could always be pleasantly surprised, but that’s not where we’re going right now, I don’t think.”

James practiced with the team Dec. 8, giving the Ravens 21 days to move him to the active roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve. James, who’s started 65 games for the Miami Dolphins and Broncos over his six-year NFL career, hasn’t played since a December 2019 game with Denver. He opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.



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