With the challenge of the Cleveland Browns’ shutdown defense looming, the Ravens saw one of their top offensive linemen take a step back Friday.

Left tackle Ronnie Stanley suffered a knee injury in Week 1 and missed two games. He returned to practice Wednesday and practiced Thursday as well. But, in the final practice ahead of the trip to Cleveland, Stanley was noticeably absent. The Ravens listed him as questionable.

The other five absences were consistent with those missing Wednesday and Thursday. Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) and Rashod Bateman (hamstring), cornerback Marlon Humphrey (foot) and outside linebackers Odafe Oweh (ankle) and David Ojabo (ankle) were not at practice.

Additionally, Kyle Hamilton, who did not practice Wednesday after his career game against the Colts, was a full participant in practice. However, he was listed as questionable with a back injury.

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In positive news for the Ravens, three other players who recently returned from injury participated in practice. Center Tyler Linderbaum (ankle) practiced Wednesday and remained a participant through the week. His return takes on extra importance considering the Browns have the best run defense and the best pass rush in the league.

Running back Justice Hill returned Thursday in a limited capacity and practiced Friday as well. He will provide depth for Gus Edwards, who had to carry the bulk of the workload in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts before being evaluated for a concussion. He has been cleared to practice.

Although the secondary has performed well despite injuries, safety Marcus Williams’ return would mean more depth for players who saw high snap counts last week. He also returned Wednesday and practiced throughout the week.

All three players were listed as questionable in the Friday injury report.

Cleveland quarterback questionable

Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been practicing in a limited capacity. On Friday, he made only two throws during the portion of practice open to media viewing, and the Browns announced his status as questionable.

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Although his game was filled with mistakes and questionable decisions, Watson completed 27 of 33 passing attempts for 289 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Titans last week. He also rushed for 16 yards on four attempts.

Watson and the Browns are 2-1 heading into Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Besides Watson, guard Joel Bitonio (rest, ankle) and running back Kareem Hunt (ribs, groin) were limited in practice Friday. However, every Browns player who missed a practice or who was limited this week is listed as good to go, outside of Watson.

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