There’s no rest for the bruised and battered Ravens. A day after that 24-16 loss in Minnesota, it was right back onto the practice field with a prime time home game against the Dolphins just three days away.
“You got to overcome that emotional hurt, pain whatever it is, right away,” said head coach John Harbaugh. “You got to put it behind you right now because you got to be tough. You got to go play on Thursday night.”
Injured receivers Jeremy Maclin, Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace were present and accounted for at the walk-through on Monday. Both Perriman and Wallace are still in concussion protocol. Wallace is just a day removed from receiving a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit. As for who will be available on Thursday:
“The way it’s been going with all that, we’ll see. Whoever you see jogging out there on kickoff, kickoff time, they’ll be playing. Up until that point I don’t know. I probably would like to be coy with you and say I’m not going to talk about it, but at this point it’s just like we’ll see,” said Harbaugh.
The NFL has suspended Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo one game for his hit on Wallace.
Thursday night’s matchup might be a little hard to watch. The game features the league’s second-worst offense in the Ravens against its worst offense in Miami. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco knows the time is now to stop the slump.
“We want to put up points and, yeah, it has to stop as quickly as possible, which that would lead to this Thursday,” said Flacco. “We got to get this thing going to the point where we’re putting up points and putting our team in position to win football games.”
And by putting up points that apparently includes just three at a time.
“We’re probably not going to put up 42 points but what we do on offense we got to do well. Settling for field goals sometimes is winning football,” added Flacco.
The Ravens actually have a pretty good Thursday night, short-rest record under John Harbaugh. If you take out the 2013 season opener, Baltimore is 6-1 in Thursday night games coached by Harbaugh. They’ve won their past six.