Tyus Bowser, David Ojabo will be activated
Tyus Bowser and David Ojabo will be part of the action when the Ravens return to practice on Wednesday.
Both outside linebackers will be activated this week, according to head coach John Harbaugh, and there’s a good chance Bowser will play Monday Night Football against the Saints.
“Both will be on and available. We’ll see what happens,” Harbaugh said.
“I think Tyus will be ready to play, for sure. It really comes back to Tyus saying, ‘I’m going.’ He wants to be mentally ready to go. He’s signed up for this game, so we’ll see. I’m counting on him, to be honest with you.”
It would be Bowser’s first game this season after tearing his Achilles at the end of the 2021 season in January. He led the Ravens in sacks (7.0) in 2021 and had his best season with 59 tackles and 15 quarterback hits. Bowser’s return would add even more strength to Baltimore’s pass rush, which has been strong in recent weeks, led by six-sack Justin Houston.
Ojabo was the Ravens’ second-round pick and was a projected first-rounder until he tore his Achilles at his Pro Day in March. Ojabo played for Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald at Michigan last year, but Harbaugh wants to evaluate practice during the week before deciding whether Ojabo will play against the Saints.
“We’ll see where he is with that as far as being ready,” Harbaugh said. “He is a rookie, but it would also be possible in terms of playing the game.
“We’ve got to get him out there to practice more and see how he looks. He hasn’t been in any team period yet. We’ve got to take a look at the team period, see how much he knows about the defense.”
Mark Andrews, Gus Edwards injuries Yet It appears in To be minor
Neither All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews (shoulder) nor running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) could finish Thursday Night Football against the Buccaneers, but Harbaugh said both could play against the Saints.
“Gus has a hamstring, so he’ll probably be day-to-day,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see Monday night’s game, he’ll get a chance. It’s a slight hamstring. We’ll see how he goes.”
Andrews is Baltimore’s leading pass catcher with 42 receptions for 488 yards and five touchdowns. He has been extremely durable, missing just three games in his five-year career.
“Andrews still seems like it’s not a big deal,” Harbaugh said. “It’s something he’s dealing with like a lot of guys do, but I think he’ll be fine.”
Tyler Linderbaum continues his impressive transition to the NFL
First-round pick Tyler Linderbaum has been Baltimore’s starting center since Week 1 and has recently taken his game to another level. In the Ravens’ Week 8 win over the Buccaneers, Linderbaum was dominant at times, making pancake blocks and driving linebackers well off the line of scrimmage. As a rookie going up against Pro Bowl defensive tackle Vita Vea, Linderbaum might have had his best game.
“He’s going to be going up against one of the best nose guards in football,” Harbaugh said. “All the snaps were right there. All the things Lamar (Jackson) was doing with the ball handling, those snaps were right there with a really good nose guard lined up on him.”
Linderbaum was the smallest center in the draft entering the league determined to silence the skeptics who wondered how he would perform at the highest level of the game. The Ravens love what they’re seeing.
“It’s what you saw in college and you always wonder, ‘Is that going to transfer to the NFL?”’ Harbaugh said. “That’s the draft game, the evaluation part. I’d say, ‘So far so good.’ It’s transferring really well to the NFL.”
John Harbaugh on trade possibilities
The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday and ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others reported Monday that the Ravens had traded for Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith.
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