Ravens WR Devin Duvernay suffers thigh bruise in practice collision; TE Nick Boyle, S Marcus Williams back

Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay suffered a thigh bruise after colliding with safety Chuck Clark on a sideline throw in an 11-for-11 period during Saturday night’s open practice at the M&T Bank Stadium.

Duvernay and Clark appeared out of sight as they followed quarterback Lamar Jackson’s overturned ball, Duvernay running down the right sideline and Clark coming down from his deep zone.

Duvernay limped off the field before athletic trainers attended to him on the sidelines. After stretching, he remained on the pitch, although he did not return to training.

Coach John Harbaugh said Duvernay could have returned, but he was held off for precautionary reasons. “Good news, nothing serious there,” Harbaugh said. “He could have come back. I just said no, not tonight.

Duvernay, who is in line to open the season as the Ravens’ No. 2 wide receiver, had a strong start to training camp. The Ravens have Sunday off before returning to Monday’s padded practice, the first of camp.

“It’s going to be exciting to see,” Harbaugh said. “It will be the first time. The most important thing to look for with practice is how guys handle the mental part. All of a sudden they have something more to think about – the physical part of it – and don’t let that get too big for you. They’ll take care of assignments, pacing, being in the right place and all that.

Tight end Nick Boyle and safety Marcus Williams returned to practice Saturday after missing Friday’s practice.

Boyle missed about 30 minutes of Thursday’s practice, spending time talking to coaches and stretching out before finally coming back to play a few games with the offense. Harbaugh said Williams suffered a minor injury during the mandatory minicamp.

Sophomore offensive lineman Ben Cleveland, who is vying for the starting left guard position, missed his fourth straight practice of training camp on Saturday after another failed conditioning test. Harbaugh said Cleveland, a 2021 third-round pick, isn’t facing an injury.

“It’s just passing the conditioning test,” he said. “He struggles with this part. You’re not going to put a player there until they can. We think it’s so important. I know he can do it. He is going to do it. He just has to go out and do it.

Running backs JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards, left tackle Ronnie Stanley, outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, cornerback Marcus Peters and safety Ar’Darius Washington remain on the list of physically unable to perform and have not trained.

Also not participating were rookie tight end Charlie Kolar, who is undergoing sports hernia surgery, and rookie outside linebacker David Ojabo, who is still unsigned and holding out of camp.

In perhaps his best throw of camp, Jackson connected with sophomore receiver Rashod Bateman for a pass for nearly 50 yards during an 11-on-11 practice stretch.

Bateman was Jackson’s top wide receiver throughout Saturday’s practice and continued to emerge as the team’s best option there.

“He does the same thing every practice,” Harbaugh said on Saturday. “Every practice is the same. He’s very consistent. And we tell guys that the real testament to mental toughness is consistency – the ability to do it not once, but every day, day after day. He does it. certainly does.

Tight end Mark Andrews probably ended the night as the Ravens’ most targeted receiver, dominating in midfield.

“It seemed like every bullet was going to Mark,” rookie safety Kyle Hamilton said, “and they were finishing him off.”

It didn’t take long for defensive tackle Michael Pierce to consider whether he wanted a Ravens reunion.

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“It was a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” Pierce said after practice, in his first meeting with local reporters since signing a three-year, $16.5 million contract in March. “When my agent said, ‘Are you interested in going back to Baltimore?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’

Pierce missed organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp with what he called “personal stuff,” but he passed his fitness test after showing up for training camp. He’s anchored in the middle of the Ravens’ defensive line through the team’s first four practices.

“I would like to keep my family business out of the media,” he said. “It’s just something that required my immediate attention. I had to wrap my arms around my family, and we handled it all. I’m happy to be back in football, and everyone is healthy.

He added: “I want to lead and I want to be the best I can be, and that’s what they need me to do.”

>> Kicker Justin Tucker hit a 60-yard field goal to end the special teams practice segment.

>> Rookie punter Jordan Stout also impressed early in practice, pinning a few angled punts from midfield inside the 5-yard line.

>> An announced 26,417 were on hand for Saturday night’s open practice. The team said on Friday that all 40,000 stadium passes had been claimed. It got so loud at one point that the crowd noise seemed to affect the Ravens’ execution of a non-huddle drill. “They started pulling T-shirts into the stands and the crowd got lively,” Harbaugh said. “It was deafening and we jumped offside twice.”

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