Bad news out of Baltimore, where veteran WR Derrick Mason left practice with a finger injury on Tuesday.
Baltimoreravens.com blogger Mike Duffy reports Mason was injured trying to reel in a low throw from QB Joe Flacco, and after spending some time with team trainers, later came back on the field in street clothes with his right middle finger wrapped.
Coach John Harbaugh said Mason would be getting X-rays on the finger, but didn’t sound overly concerned.
“He probably jammed [his finger]. We’ll see,” Harbuagh told reporters. “We don’t anticipate any problems.”
The timing of Mason’s injury is especially bad for the Ravens, given that WRs Mark Clayton (hamstring) and Demetrius Williams (hamstring) have been held out this week. Clayton will miss at least two preseason games, while he and Williams were among four starters missing practice on Tuesday, according to Duffy.
Without their top three receivers, the Ravens list nine other wideouts on the roster: Kelly Washington, Yamon Figures, Biren Ealy, Justin Harper, Marcus Smith and Ernie Wheelright, along with rookies Jayson Foster, Eron Riley and Thomas White. That group doesn’t include veteran Drew Bennett, who signed with the Ravens before retiring two days later due to a knee injury.
Some other Ravens notes from Tuesday:
- Harbaugh said his starters would play “in the neighborhood” of one quarter against the Redskins on Thursday. Flacco, though, wouldn’t concede to reporters how much he expects to play. Read Harbaugh’s full transcript here.
- Harbaugh described the heel injury that has kept OLB Terrell Suggs sidelined as a “nagging” injury, and gave the impression the team would continue to be cautious with its approach as Thursday’s game nears. “It’s one of those things that we’re not going to put him out there and bruise it any further,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll be out here soon. He wants to be.”