When free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant was set to work out for the Ravens in August, coach John Harbaugh didn’t say much.
“The only comment I have is that we’re not commenting on workouts and who’s coming in,” Harbaugh said after a training camp practice.
Now, with Bryant close to joining the Ravens' practice squad after a second workout, mum was still the word Monday.
“If we sign him, we’ll make that announcement when it happens and just kind of go from there,” Harbaugh said during a video conference call Monday.
The former Dallas Cowboys star struggled with his conditioning in his first workout in August, according to a source, but if the Ravens are comfortable with Bryant’s progress, they’re expected to add him to their practice squad roster.
The Ravens rank second to last in the NFL in passing yards per game and 20th overall in passing efficiency, according to Football Outsiders. Bryant, who hasn’t played since 2017 because of injuries, could be a contributor.
“That’s kind of like an O.G.-type [original gangster] guy,” tight end Mark Andrews said. “He’s been around the league for a long, long time. ... I’m excited to meet him. I’m excited to obviously get around him, hopefully, and just learn. Obviously, [you want to] just learn everything you can from a guy like that just because they’ve done it and they’ve been there. So it’s super exciting for me.”
Harbaugh was noncommittal about the availability this week of starting running back Mark Ingram II, who suffered a “minor” ankle injury in the Ravens' Week 6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said. “It wasn’t a major injury, by any stretch. It’s just a matter of how he feels as the week goes on.”
Defensive back-linebacker Anthony Levine Sr., who in Week 6 missed his first game since 2012, is recovering from what Harbaugh called a “midsection strain.” Harbaugh said Levine, a special teams standout, had been “really just gutting it out.”
The Ravens were hoping to have Levine back by Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but “we’ll have to see how it goes,” Harbaugh said.
“Hopefully, the time, the rest, will give him a chance to get right,” he said.
Defensive end Calais Campbell said he reached out to former Jacksonville Jaguars teammate Ryquel Armstead after hearing he’d been hospitalized because of COVID-19 complications. “It sounded like he’s in pretty good spirits and he felt pretty good where he’s at right now," Campbell said. "That definitely helped me out a lot, because I was worried about him. ... This is a serious thing we’re dealing with. We’re going through the process and having protocols to try to be as safe as possible. But it really is scary that it can hurt you real serious.”
Harbaugh was skeptical that the 4,300 fans allowed in for the Ravens' first game this season at M&T Bank Stadium would affect Sunday’s game too much, but he’s happy to have them back. “I hope it builds and grows," he said. “I hope more fans are allowed to come in as the season goes along. That would be my hope based on whatever needs to go into making those decisions. But, hey, it’s going to be a good thing.”
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