Harbaugh unsure about Stokley re-signing, plus injuries and more

Reports surfaced Monday afternoon that veteran wideout Brandon Stokley had re-signed with the Ravens after being cut by the team Saturday.

Coach John Harbaugh wasn’t ready to confirm those reports, however.

“I don’t know how that’s going to shake out. We’ll see,” he said.

Baltimore went with just three wide receivers in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins and it worked out just fine.

Torrey Smith led the way with with six catches for 121 yards, while Tandon Doss added three grabs for 58 yards and Deonte Thompson made two catches for 11 yards. Tight end Ed Dickson contributed with two catches for 51 yards and tailback Ray Rice added six receptions for 28 yards.

So it wasn’t a dire situation, even though it might not have been ideal.

“I was really happy to see the way our receivers played,” Harbaugh said. “It was tough, it was hot, we only had three of them. We’ve never had that before. We’ve never had any experience with that before, didn’t know how that was going to go, especially in that heat. Other guys, like Kyle (Juszczyk) and some other guys, picked up the slack as well.”

The Ravens could be getting some help there in the coming weeks as receivers Jacoby Jones (knee) and Marlon Brown (thigh) work their way back from injuries.

The team hopes to have Brown back in practice Wednesday after he missed his first game of the season.

“We’ll see if we can do that. It would be good to do that,” Harbaugh said.

As for Jones, who hasn’t played since spraining his knee in the opener, Harbaugh said he’ll continue to practice this week and the team will see how he does.

Harbaugh wasn’t yet sure what role Jones will play upon his return - whether he’ll be put back on returns or at wideout or both.

“That’s the kind of question we’re asking ourselves right now,” Harbaugh said. “I think it probably depends on how he looks during practice. If he looks really, really good, we’d be willing to put him out there. But if we feel like we need to protect him, then we will.”

Harbaugh provided a few other injury updates on Monday as well. He said left guard Kelechi Osemele is feeling better after back spasms led to his removal early in Sunday’s game.

“We’ll just have to see over the course of the week how he responds,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh also commented on A.Q. Shipley’s play after the backup center filled in for Osemele at left guard for the majority of the contest.

“I thought he did a great job,” Harbaugh said. “He came in there. We didn’t know anything until pregame. He knows he’s in that spot. He practices there. He didn’t expect necessarily to be out there. We didn’t see this coming with K.O. So he jumped in there and did a nice job, which we would’ve expected.”

Defensive lineman Marcus Spears is getting treatment on his knee, an ailment that landed him on the inactive list Sunday.

“It’s nothing major, structural in there. We’ll just have to see how that responds and he’ll probably be day-to-day,” Harbaugh said.

The Ravens coach also said linebacker Arthur Brown (chest strain), Rice (hip) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (hamstring) all got through Sunday’s game in good shape.

Other than the injuries, Harbaugh weighed in on two of the more notable individual performances from the victory - one positive and one negative.

The positive was the play of linebacker Terrell Suggs, who matched a career high with three sacks, all in the second half. Two of those quarterback takedowns took place on the same series in the fourth quarter. That led the Ravens to a six-sack day.

“For a guy to take over the game like that, you don’t see that too often. He kind of took over the game in the fourth quarter and Elvis (Dumervil) put the exclamation point on it with that last sack,” Harbaugh said of Suggs. “Before that, I think two drives were snuffed out by our defense, mainly by the pressure that we got mainly by Terrell.”

Punter Sam Koch didn’t have such a memorable performance, as he had two 26-yard punts and averaged just 34.2 yards on five kicks.

“Very un-Sam-like. Those are two shanks he doesn’t usually have. He was really doing a great job, he’s done a great job,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve played some great returners, no less this week and we try to punt to the sideline. On the one hand, we always say, ‘Why didn’t he just punt it out of bounds?’ You guys have asked me that before, right? ‘Why didn’t he just punt it out of bounds?’

“Well, sometimes that’s why. You punt out of bounds, those angles change over there. You get a little bit off-center and that’s what happens - you get a real short punt. We’ve kind of asked Sam to do that a lot and he’s done a great job with it, but on those two, it didn’t work out so well.”

And with Green Bay coming into town Sunday, the Ravens remain in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC North at 3-2. A week ago, Harbaugh seemed upbeat about that coming off the ugly Buffalo loss.

This week? Not so much.

“No, I’d like to be 5-0. That’s where I’d like to be at this juncture of the season,” Harbaugh said. “But we’re not. We’re 3-2, so we’re going to try to be 4-2 this coming week.”