Ronnie Stanley, Kyle Hamilton Injuries “Trend in the Right Direction”

The news of Sunday’s injuries to Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and Kyle Hamilton (knee) is encouraging.

“We don’t have the final say on these things yet, but I’d say it’s definitely going in the right direction based on what we know so far,” said head coach John Harbaugh.

X-rays came back on Hamilton’s knee and show it’s stable. The Ravens are still awaiting the MRI results of Stanley’s ankle, which is the same one he had multiple surgeries on, but “but it trended really well last night and this morning,” Harbaugh said.

Lamar Jackson said he spoke to Stanley after the game.

“I checked him out, but he said he was pretty good,” Jackson said. “He told me just don’t fall into him. So it was me who hurt him, so I’m a little bit [ticked] that aside, but he’s good. That’s all that counts.”

Coaches want Devin Duvernay to get the ball more

In the two games since Rashod Bateman was ruled out for the remainder of the season, wide receiver Devin Duvernay has had just two goals and a carry.

It came as a surprise considering Duvernay, who got off to a hot start this season, would take the leading role as wide receiver.

Instead, Demarcus Robinson has targeted Ravens receivers in the last two games with four against the Saints and nine against the Panthers. Robinson made the most of it on Sunday, hitting all nine targets for 128 yards. Nevertheless, Baltimore wants to bring more Duvernay to the ball.

Harbaugh said there were six to eight run option reads where Duvernay could have gotten the ball but didn’t, and “numerous passes where it just didn’t get his way.”

“We have to say to ourselves as coaches: ‘We need him [Duvernay] involved. We have to find a way to get him the ball,” Harbaugh said. “So we understand. It doesn’t always go to a guy, even if you say it to a guy, but for the same reason we have to keep chasing it because we want the ball in his hands.”

Gus Edwards, DeSean Jackson make progress on returns

The Ravens were hoping Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee) could play against the Panthers, but Harbaugh said he “just couldn’t come to the game.”

Edwards was close, and Baltimore is hoping he’ll get over the hump and get back on the field next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Edwards has not been there since pinching his Achilles tendon in Tampa Bay on Oct. 27. He was restricted in training last week and will have a month between games when he plays the Jaguars.

“He just couldn’t, and you could see it; I could see it in practice on Friday and Thursday,” Harbaugh said. “So this week we will have the same hope. I think he’ll make it, but he just has to be right. A guy has to be ready to go and do his best.”

Veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson is also working on a hamstring injury, although he sustained it in the Week 9 win in New Orleans. He’s been making slower progress, Harbaugh said, and didn’t train last week.

“It wasn’t really supposed to be bad, but it just hasn’t come back as quickly as you would like,” Harbaugh said. “So he’s working really hard to bring it back. He’s a little bit older [so] it probably needs a little more time – I hope he doesn’t get mad that I say that – but he’s working on it. He will hopefully be back this week. We will see.”

Rashod Bateman’s surgery is preparing well for a strong recovery

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman underwent surgery last week for his Lisfranc foot injury and by all reports it’s been going well, Harbaugh said.

“The good thing is that he got it in a time frame where it should be a faster recovery than it would have been with a worse injury,” Harbaugh said.

“So it was an injury that certainly required surgery and I think [it was] absolutely the right thing to do at this point and it will make for a really good recovery. I was told that. I know he’s happy about it. I don’t know what the timeframe is for his return but he will be good next year.”

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