A week after being deactivated for the first time this season, Josh Wilson got some extra work handed to him yesterday against the Broncos, as he took over the Ravens’ kickoff return duties.
Now, the Ravens will have to wait and see if the fourth-year cornerback is able to contribute this week after suffering a hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter against Denver.
Wilson came up lame after getting beat deep on Brandon Lloyd’s 44-yard touchdown reception with under a minute left yesterday. The former University of Maryland corner said after the game that he had suffered a strained hamstring and didn’t think it was serious, but head coach John Harbaugh said today that Wilson’s status is somewhat up in the air for this week.
“I hope it’s a short-term injury,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not a major hamstring pull or anything like that, so we’ll just have to see how he looks this week.”
As for Wilson’s performance returning kicks yesterday, he didn’t light the world on fire in his first shot at that gig with the Ravens. Wilson averaged 20 yards on three kickoff returns, although he did have a 31-yard run-back wiped out by a holding penalty on Edgar Jones.
Jalen Parmele, who had handled the kickoff returns for the Ravens through the first four games this season, had averaged 23 yards per return with a long of 39. Harbaugh said that the switch from Parmele to Wilson was made to try and jump-start the return unit, which has failed to churn out a big gainer thus far this year.
“It was just kind of an idea to get a spark, try something,” Harbaugh said. “Josh has looked good in practice, he’s been getting a feel for the schemes. I think a lot of times, it’s less about the returner on the kickoff returns than it is about the blocking sometimes, because you’ve got to create some space and get a guy going. Punt returns, sometimes you can block nobody and get a big punt return, but kick return, you’ve got to get your guy going.
“I think both those guys have done a good job, and we’re just looking for a big play.”