Injuries: Oher is OK: Art Jones, Pierce questionable

Injuries: Oher is OK: Art Jones, Pierce questionable
September 13, 2013, 2:15 pm
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(Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday that defensive end Arthur Jones remained questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Recovering from an accelerated heartbeat, Jones missed the season-opener against the Broncos, but returned to practice this week.

“He didn’t get too out of shape, he’s progressing well, we’re just going to have to see how he feels on Sunday,” Harbaugh said. “He looked OK in practice. He’s got a chance.”

Running back Bernard Pierce (thigh) was also listed as questionable for Sunday, but Pierce was in good spirits Friday in the locker room, and appeared likely to play.

Right tackle Michael Oher (sprained ankle) will play Sunday, after practicing Friday and continuing to make rapid progress. Oher has never missed a start since being drafted in 2009.

“Just trying to be there for the team,” Oher said Friday. “It definitely helped us playing on a Thursday (last week), got extra days rest.”

Harbaugh also went into detail about the events leading to rookie wide receiver Aaron Mellette being placed on injured reserve. Harbaugh said an examination by Dr. James Andrews revealed that Mellette had torn knee cartilage.

“His knee was kind of bothering him, but he was working through it all through training camp,” Harbaugh said. “He would seem fine, it would swell up, then he would take a day and he would be OK. We sent him down to Dr. Andrews just to check it. “Not major, major, but they would be four-to-six week deals, so we don’t really have time for that, in terms of holding the roster spot. So we figured we’d go ahead and make the move.”