Three defensive starters missing from Wednesday's practice

Haloti Ngata, Ma'ake Kemoeatu and Jimmy Smith absent from portion of session open to media; Terrell Suggs returns for first time in 2012

October 17, 2012|By Edward Lee

The Ravens practiced for the first time since learning that inside linebacker Ray Lewis (torn right triceps) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee) will be out for the remainder of the season, and there were a few more absences on defense.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu and cornerback Jimmy Smith were not present during the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday afternoon.

Ngata suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and an injured right shoulder in the team’s 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys. He declined to speak with reporters prior to practice because he had to get treatment on his knee.

Kemoeatu is also dealing with a right knee injury. Like Ngata, Kemoeatu declined to talk and wore a brace on his right knee.

Smith injured his groin in Sunday’s win against the Cowboys. But it is expected that Smith, who will replace Webb in the starting lineup, will be able to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs returned to the practice field for the first time since partially tearing his right Achilles tendon in April. Suggs, who was activated from the team’s physically-unable-to-perform list earlier in the week, participated in some light stretching and tossed a football around with outside linebacker Paul Kruger and inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

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