Carr’s injury might actually be a positive

Looks like we’re in for another scorcher today, with the heat index set to top 100 out in Westminster.

Goody.

As I wrote yesterday, Chris Carr has now missed two straight days of practice after injuring his hamstring Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Carr has not participated in any team drills since suffering the injury, and while he said he hopes to return in time for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Panthers, the team might opt to hold him out for precautionary reasons.

That wouldn’t be a bad idea.

With Domonique Foxworth and Lardarius Webb not practicing and Fabian Washington still only taking part in every other session, Carr has gotten a ton of reps so far this camp.

In fact, because of the Ravens’ lack of depth at corner, Carr might have seen the most snaps of anyone on the roster prior to Saturday.

When Washington is out, Carr’s been lining up as the Ravens’ top cornerback with the first-team. When Washington is in, Carr has shifted to the second cornerback spot with the first-team. He has gotten some reps as the nickel back as well.

Carr has also played quarterback, kicker and served as the waterboy.

Not really, it just seems that way.

The last thing that you want to do at this point is tire Carr out. Assuming Webb isn’t ready to play at the start of the season, Carr will be counted on to hold down the fort until help arrives.

The sixth-year pro out of Boise State has suddenly become one of the more valuable members of this team. He’s gotten plenty of work in the first two weeks of camp, and should be more than ready by the time the regular season rolls around.

In addition, his absence could allow the Ravens to get an extra look at some corners lower on the depth chart, like Travis Fisher, Cary Williams, K.J. Gerard and Prince Miller.

That’s why this hamstring injury isn’t such a bad thing, and the possibility of holding Carr out for a couple extra days isn’t either. The Ravens might be wise to let Carr heal, get some rest, and return when he’s truly ready.

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