There isn’t a team in the NFL that is as snake-bitten as the Baltimore Ravens when it comes to injuries. The team was decimated in their Week 1 matchup against the Houston Texans, losing running back J.K. Dobbins to a season-ending Achilles injury and safety Marcus Williams for a long period of time with a pectoral injury.
Offensive linemen Tyler Lindenbaum and tackle Ronnie Stanley both missed the Week 2 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals because of injuries. They were joined by star cornerback Marlon Humphrey on the sidelines.
Despite missing so many key pieces, the Ravens were able to pull off a victory over their rivals, defeating the Bengals 27-24. It was an impressive win for the short-handed Baltimore squad, but they lost more players to injury in the game.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not play in the second half because of an ankle injury. Given his lengthy injury history, it is understandable why there would be concern about his health. Alas, the Ravens don’t seem too worried about it.
Beckham was able to return after suffering the injury originally in the first half. He missed a few plays before coming back onto the field but was ruled out during halftime.
Head coach John Harbaugh offered an encouraging update on Beckham, along with pass rusher Odafe Oweh. He doesn’t believe either player is dealing with anything serious, despite Oweh being ruled out with an undisclosed issue.
“I don’t believe either one of those will be serious as it looks right now,” Harbaugh said at his postgame press conference.
The Ravens are certainly hoping that is the case. They are off to a good start at 2-0, but they cannot afford to miss any more players, especially ones that play key roles on the team.
In Week 3, the Ravens will be playing against the Indianapolis Colts. As preparation for that game begins during the week, we will get a better idea about the availability of Beckham, Oweh and the other injured players on the roster.