Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins missed training today after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury in their game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night, according to the Ravens’ official injury report.
The veteran wideout has been a firm target for quarterback Lamar Jackson this season, racking up 257 yards in the Ravens’ first four games at 16 receptions. Watkins had two catches for 35 yards on Monday night before leaving the game in the second quarter.
Injuries have historically been a concern for the former Clemson Tiger, who only played 16 games in one season in his career in his rookie year.
Head coach John Harbaugh declined to offer a schedule for the veteran receiver’s return after today’s trial session. Media tell, “We’ll just see how long it takes.”
While the Ravens’ passing game seemed to work well on Monday night without Watkins with second graders Devin Duvernay and James Proche, Jackson will want his most experienced pass catcher back on the field as soon as possible.
The Ravens announced it was questionable whether to return Watkins after his injury, but his absence from the field didn’t stop him from cheering on his team.
Actually, Watkins tweeted a prediction that the Ravens would come back and win the game while his injury was being treated in the locker room.
Jamison Hensley of ESPN noted that Watkins’ tweet came in the third quarter with about three minutes left, while the Ravens were 19 points behind.
Watkins’ confidence was rewarded when Lamar Jackson led the Ravens offense into the end zone with four possession of the ball in a row to secure a 31-25 win in overtime.
Ravens put left rookie security guard Ben Cleveland on the short-term reserve list for injuries after being carted off the field Monday night. announced the team on Twitter yesterday.
He thanked the fans for their good wishes for “positive news from the doctors” on Tuesday afternoon.
Cleveland was disfellowshipped shortly after a knee injury in the second quarter of the Ravens prime-time win over the Colts. Despite being in obvious pain from the injury, the former Georgia Bulldog waved to fans at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore as he exited the field on an injury car.
The injury brings a second hiatus to Cleveland’s rookie season after suffering a concussion at training camp in August that endured him for all three of the Ravens preseason games.
He was even a healthy scratch for Baltimore’s regular season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders, but an injury to left starter Tire Phillips in Week 1 brought Cleveland into play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.
Cleveland played between 40% and 50% of the Ravens’ offensive snaps on the left guard over the next three weeks, sharing the position with Ben Powers.
The bulky lineman could only play four snaps before going down against the Colts. He’s eligible to be struck off the injured reserve list in three weeks, but the Ravens’ bye in week 8 will spur his return to the team’s November 7 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Ravens activated Jaylon Ferguson from the COVID-19 list today, according to the NFL’s official transactional report. He missed the team’s last three games due to a positive test on September 24 that briefly disabled Justin Houston, Brandon Williams and Justin Madubuike as close contacts.
However, only Ferguson missed more than one game when his teammates resumed action against the Denver Broncos on October 3.
While the NCAA FBS career bag manager Ferguson fell short of his reputation as a professional pass rusher, he has shown himself to be a capable defender on the sidelines in Baltimore. Although he only played 11 defensive snaps in his two games this season, the Ravens’ injuries and poor running defense over the past few weeks could give the former Louisiana Tech Gator more playing time this Sunday against the Lost Angeles Chargers.
The bulky lineman could only play four snaps before going down against the Colts. He’s eligible to be struck off the injured reserve list in three weeks, but the 8th week bye of the Ravens will spur his return to the team’s November 7 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.