Harbaugh on Jackson and Osemele
After serving his eight-game suspension, cornerback Asa Jackson could be activated by the Ravens this week.
Jackson was suspended during the preseason for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancement drug policy. He has been on the reserve-suspended list, training in Arizona during his suspension.
“We’re going to take a good look at him this week, see where he’s at,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “Asa says he’s been working hard, that he’s in great shape, he’s working with the trainers in I believe in Arizona and Los Angeles. Hopefully he’s in that kind of shape where he can slide right in there and help us. If he can, with our situation at corner, it could be a plus for us. So I’m not ruling that out.”
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a groin injury Sunday that forced him to leave the game against the Browns. Smith’s status for this Sunday’s game against the Bengals is uncertain, so the Ravens may be more compelled to add Jackson to the roster.
Meanwhile, left guard Kelechi Osemele is headed for back surgery and the injured reserve list. Osemele missed Sunday’s game and was replaced by A. Q. Shipley in the starting lineup. Harbaugh said last week that Osemele would probably require surgery. However, Osemele is expected to be at full strength well before training camp next year, and should participate in some offseason work as well.
“He’s talking right now with the doctors and his representative to find what type of surgery he wants to do, what doctor is the best place for him to do it,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to go ahead and get that fixed. He’ll be back, really as part of the offseason program. It’s a three to four-month recovery.”