Gus Edwards and other Ravens are expected back after bye

With a three-game winning streak going into their bye week, the Ravens now have more time to heal their injured players.

Running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) sat out Monday night’s win against the Saints, but head coach John Harbaugh expects the physical running back to return after the Week 11 bye against the Panthers.

“Gus will be back for the next game, that’s the plan,” Harbaugh said during Tuesday’s news conference.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson played 11 snaps on his Ravens debut, was targeted twice and caught a pass for 16 yards. Another reception was nullified by an illegal man penalty in bottom field. Jackson injured his hamstring, but Harbaugh said, “He should be fine when he comes back from the bye.”

Jason Pierre-Paul ‘pinched’ ankle against the Saints

Bye week comes at a good time for veteran pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, who Harbaugh said “pinched” his ankle during the Saints game. Pierre-Paul played a season-low seven snaps as the Ravens decided to take a cautious approach. Outside linebacker Justin Houston was the defensive star of the game with 2.5 sacks and an interception, and the Ravens didn’t concede a touchdown until the fourth quarter of their 27-13 win.

Harbaugh chose not to play Pierre-Paul after his injury due to the defense performing so well.

“He pinched his ankle a little bit,” Harbaugh said. “Nothing too serious, it just wasn’t something we wanted to challenge too much with the flow of the game. He should be fine when he comes back from the bye.”

Outside linebacker rotation is as deep as it has been all season, with Tyus Bowser making his season debut against the Saints after returning from his Achilles injury. After the bye, second-round pick David Ojabo could be ready to make his season debut against the Carolina Panthers.

“It’s really a good problem in the sense that we’re adding these guys,” Harbaugh said. “Ojabo may be on the horizon at some point – or maybe not; he will be. It’s a good thing.”

Marcus Williams is still on track to return “sometime in December.”

Ravens starting safety Marcus Williams has been on injured reserve since dislocating his wrist against the Bengals on Oct. 9, but Harbaugh said Williams’ recovery is going well.

“He looks good; it’s just one of those deals where it’s a bone that needs to heal,” Harbaugh said. “It’s pretty easy as long as there are no setbacks. No setbacks so far and I think they’re expecting him back sometime in December. We’ll see, but so far so good.”

Geno Stone took over Williams in the starting lineup alongside Chuck Clark and the tandem did well.

“Chuck and Geno are playing at a high level,” said Harbaugh. “The two boys just play great football.”


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