On the final day of minicamp last week, the Ravens’ projected starting left guard, Jah Reid, was injured and carted off the field. Reid is currently in a competition for the backup right tackle and the starting left guard positions. It was reported that Reid left the field with a calf injury. Reid measured in at 6-7 and 330 pounds going into minicamp. Second-round draft pick Kelechi Osemele, who is also injuried, will have to take over at left guard while Reid is sidelined. The good news is that Reid was able to walk into the training facility on his own; he says that the injury is minor and that he should be back soon. Reid was currently in the lead at competition for starting left guard over rookie Osemele.
The Ravens have also reported injuries to Matt Birk (varicose veins), Bryant McKinnie (conditioning) and Kelechi Osemele (quadriceps). With Matt Birk injured, Gino Gradkowski, the Ravens’ fourth round draft pick, will look to be taking more snaps in practice. Birk had surgery to fix the varicose veins in his legs, which had been bothering him since the end of last season. Bryant McKinnie has been sidelined due to conditioning reasons, where he reported to minicamp overweight at 350 pounds. Head Coach John Harbaugh told the media that he desires to keep McKinnie on the team.
Baltimore’s receiving corps has been plagued by injuries as well, with injuries to newly acquired receiver Jacoby Jones and second-year receiver Tandon Doss. Jones left practice early with a leg injury, but fortunately did not appear to have a limp when he walked into the gym. Doss has not disclosed his injury to the media, but has ruled it a minor injury. Doss hopes to be healthy for training camps in July. Since Doss and Jones are out, LaQuan Williams is taking most of the reps and has performed well so far in camp.
The team is facing a rough start with these early injuries, but are bound for another playoff run this season. Luckily, several players have stepped up and unexpectedly stood out, including Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams and Corey Graham.