Injuries slow Ravens' offense

Injuries slow Ravens' offense
August 21, 2012, 3:39 am
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Joe Flacco has been without his two best tight ends and his deep-threat at wideout, so the struggle to score points should be expected.

But the Ravens quarterback downplays that he didn't have Ed Dickson (shoulder sprain), Dennis Pitta (broken hand) or Torrey Smith (ankle sprain) in the 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions.

"I haven't even thought about it. I haven't blinked an eye," Flacco said when asked about the loss of his tight ends. "Those (other) guys have jumped in and done a great job. Obviously, Ed and Dennis give you something that is pretty rare with two guys that are as athletic as they are."

Dickson was injured on a touchdown catch in the preseason opener vs. the Atlanta Falcons. Pitta has yet to play for the Ravens this season.

Smith appeared to be much better Monday, not favoring his ankle the way he did Sunday coming out of cuts.

He is expected to play Thursday vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Torrey brings something to the game that we might not have when he's not in there, but we've got a bunch of good receivers on this team," Flacco said. "It's going to be a fight to see who actually makes the team."

The Ravens will make roster cuts Monday when they have to be down to 75 players.