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The Ravens had another scare on the offensive line Wednesday when left tackle Ronnie Stanley collided with defensive tackle Brent Urban and offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor during team drills.

Stanley limped off the field with an injured left leg and watched the rest of practice from the sideline. Center Ryan Jensen also had to come out with an apparent ankle injury.

This forced offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris to scramble with James Hurst taking Stanley’s spot at left tackle and Matt Skura at center. While the injuries to Stanley and Jensen do not appear to be serious, the Ravens still held their collective breath because of issues with that unit.

On Tuesday, promising rookie guard Nico Siragusa had to be carted off the field with a season-ending knee injury. A week earlier, center John Urschel decided to retire hours before the first full-squad practice of training camp.

The shuffling continued throughout practice with Jermaine Eluemunor, Stephane Nembot, Matt Skura and De’Ondre Wesley all playing with the first team at various positions. Six-time Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda is still being held out after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

“It is good for guys to get working at different spots,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I also want to make sure our starters are getting work at the spots they are going to play at, so that will be the main focus.”

The Ravens lost some of its depth in the offseason when they traded starting center Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers and starting right tackle Rick Wagner signed with the Lions as a free agent. The team is still looking to fill those voids.

Stanley, who is just in his second year, has become almost an elder statesman for the unit. He was widely regarded as the best rookie offensive lineman in the NFL last season, and he is ready to embrace that leadership role.

“I do see myself helping out some of the younger guys,” Stanley said. “I’m doing whatever I can to make us the best offensive line in the league. That’s all I want to do.”

Quarterback Joe Flacco has already missed the first week of camp with a back issue and there is still uncertainty when he might return to the practice field. Coach John Harbaugh did say that Flacco continues to make progress.

When Flacco does get back in the lineup, his blockers are going to have to find a way to keep him upright.

QUICK HITS

— The Baltimore Ravens vehemently denied a report by ESPN alleging owner Steve Bisciotti blocked the team from signing Colin Kaepernick.

“We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision,” the Ravens said in a statement. “Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong.”

ESPN also reported that another NFL team has wanted to sign Kaepernick, but that move was also blocked by the team’s owner.

Harbaugh did not offer any significant news on Kaepernick on Wednesday. Nonetheless, it’s a question he will likely face until there is some resolution.

“I do not have an update on Colin Kaepernick,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll frame that this way: there are other positions that we’re looking at too and I don’t have any updates on those either. I think they’re all in the same category.”

— The Ravens have a deep class of receivers and they showcased their skills throughout practice on Wednesday. Mike Wallace has been the most consistent player of that group and is essentially catching every ball thrown his way.

Michael Campanaro, who came off the PUP list this week, was also impressive and had several nice grabs in traffic. He is clearly playing with more confidence. If Campanaro can stay healthy, he can be an impact player this season.

 

Veteran Jeremy Maclin has been business-like throughout camp and caught a 40-yard pass downfield. Chris Matthews is pushing the veterans for more playing time with his consistent production.

Several rookies were also impressive, adding potential depth to this unit. Quincy Adeboyejo, a free agent from Mississippi, hauled in a long pass down the sideline and also caught a pass over Jimmy Smith over the middle. Tim White, another free agent from Arizona State, had another nice grab in the corner of the end zone.

Breshad Perriman did not practice because of a hamstring injury he suffered on Tuesday.

— The Ravens defense has wreaked havoc throughout the first week of camp. The team is going to have some tough decisions to make for the final 53-man roster.

Some of the big plays on Wednesday included an interception by defensive end Patrick Ricard, a rookie from Maine, at the line of scrimmage off quarterback Josh Woodrum. Cornerback Robertson Daniel, a second-year player from Maine, also had an acrobatic interception off Ryan Mallett.

The secondary has shown the potential to be among the best in the NFL.

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Todd Karpovich

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Todd Karpovich has been a contributor for ESPN, the Associated Press, SportsXchange, the Baltimore Sun, among other media outlets nationwide. He is the co-author of “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Baltimore Ravens Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box,” “Skipper Supreme: Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles,” and the author of “Manchester United (Europe's Best Soccer Clubs).” Karpovich lives in Towson with his wife, Jill, daughters, Wyeth and Marta, and a pair of dogs, Sarah and Rory. More from Todd Karpovich

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