RB Danny Woodhead
Woodhead left game one very early due to a hamstring injury. The Ravens have reported a 4-6 week recovery time, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported it could be closer to 6-8 weeks. It turns out that Schefter’s prediction was spot on as the Ravens added Woodhead to the IR. Woodhead will be eligible to return in eight weeks. NFL teams may only return two players from IR to the 53 man roster. Woodhead missed nearly all last season to a torn ACL. In Woodhead’s absence, former Chicago Bear Jeremy Langford has been signed from the practice squad to the active roster.
OLB Za’Darius Smith
Smith’s injury is less serious than many thought. His injury was simply a small sprain, and while he will likely not play next week against Cleveland, he has a good chance to return against Jacksonville week three. Smith’s presence will not impact the team as much as Woodhead’s due to the depth in the front seven. His injury will give 2017 third round pick Tim Williams a chance to show why many believed he could have been a first round pick.
CB Sheldon Price
Price missed the season opener against Cincinnati due to a concussion. There is little news about his progress, but he appears on track to miss week two as well. Given the secondary’s stellar performance against AJ Green and the Bengals last week, there is no reason to risk another injury by rushing him back to play.
S Eric Weddle
Weddle missed practice on Wednesday due to a minor illness. There is no reason to suspect he will not be ready for Cleveland.
CB Jaylen Hill
Hill missed Week 1 due to a thigh injury, but should return soon. Many Baltimore Ravens fans would love to see Jaylen Hill continue his preseason Cinderella story, but in the same spirit as Price’s situation, there is no reason to risk re-injury if the unit can succeed without him.
Luckily for Baltimore, none of these players should be necessary to defeat the Cleveland Browns at home. Joe Flacco holds a dominant 8-1 home record against the Browns, a team that is missing a few stars of their own. 2017 first overall pick Myles Garett and 2015 first round pick Danny Shelton have seen limited snaps and will likely miss the first matchup between these teams.