Owen Daniels remains sidelined, Torrey Smith, Steve Smith given a day off

Several veterans miss practice

  • Tight end Owen Daniels participates in organized team activities.
Tight end Owen Daniels participates in organized team activities. (Rachel Woolf, Baltimore…)
August 19, 2014|By Aaron Wilson | The Baltimore Sun

Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels remained sidelined with leg soreness Tuesday.

Daniels hasn't practiced in the past week, but coach John Harbaugh emphasized Monday that the two-time Pro Bowl selection isn't injured.

Daniels was limited to five games and 24 receptions last season with the Houston Texans due to a broken leg. In training camp, Daniels told The Baltimore Sun that he's 100 percent recovered from the leg injury from last season.

"I don’t want to get into specifics too much, but when you have legs and you have hamstrings and groins and stuff like that, there’s wear and tear on those things," Harbaugh said. "There’s no pull; there’s no strain of any kind. There’s just a little fatigue. You get a little swelling in there, just like I have a little swelling right now from standing around through training camp.

"You have to take some time to get the legs back, and we really felt like he needed to get his legs back, especially as an older guy. We wanted to give him this time to do that. I’m counting on him being there this week. As I said, that’s what I’ve been told. There’s no kind of injury in there. It’s just a fatigue factor, and he needs time.”

Daniels is playing under a one-year contract that includes a nonguaranteed $1 million base salary. He can earn an additional $1 million if he triggers incentive clauses for receptions and playing time. He made the trip with the team to Dallas, but didn't suit up.

Meanwhile, several veteran players were given a day off to rest, including wide receivers Steve Smith and Torrey Smith and defensive end Chris Canty. Offensive tackle Jah Reid, who has a history of calf muscle problems, isn't practicing Tuesday.

Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (bruised chest), Lardarius Webb (lower back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) aren't practicing, and neither are offensive guard Will Rackley (concussion), nose tackle Terrence Cody (hip surgery, physically unable to perform list) and rookie offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten (sprained medial collateral ligament).

Running back Ray Rice practiced for the second consecutive day after suffering a shoulder bruise against the Cowboys.

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