The Ravens’ safeties had themselves a game against the Arizona Cardinals, and on Wednesday, their first practice since Sunday’s game, they got back starter Marcus Williams.
Williams, who’s been limited to 10 games last season and three this season, has suffered two injuries in the past eight weeks. He injured his pectoral in the first game of the season but returned for the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5. He played 95% of the defensive snaps in that game.
The next week, Williams went with the team to London. He played 67% of the defensive snaps against the Tennessee Titans but injured his hamstring. He has not played in the two games since, and was limited in practice Wednesday.
“I feel great,” Williams said after practice Wednesday, his first interview with reporters since his first injury. “Stuff happens all the time, but we have good guys who come in and do a great job. There’s never a let-off, so me going down is not a problem when we have guys like that in the locker room.”
Last season, Williams had the third-most tackles on the team despite playing only 10 of 17 games. However, this season, he’s coming back to a secondary that is holding its own without him. Asked whether he expects to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, he said: “We’ll see what happens.”
The safeties, in particular, have been playing well. Kyle Hamilton is finding his stride in his second professional season and made 10 tackles against the Cardinals. Geno Stone leads the NFL with five interceptions and has a pick in three straight games.
Daryl Worley, who has helped out at safety this season, also returned to practice Wednesday as a full participant. He was designated to return off injured reserve, which he landed on last month with a shoulder injury, and has a three-week window to be activated.
Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that the Ravens returned from Arizona with no major injuries. However, six players were missing from practice Wednesday.
Running back Gus Edwards (toe), wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (shoulder), right tackle Morgan Moses (shoulder), outside linebacker Odafe Oweh (ankle/knee) and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (illness) were absent.
Beckham and Oweh left Sunday’s game with injuries before returning. Beckham had a stomach contusion, and Oweh appeared to have someone fall on his ankle. Moses also missed a few snaps late in the game, but Harbaugh said postgame that the Ravens were just managing his workload and giving him a rest.
Rookie running back Keaton Mitchell, who missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, was a full participant.
Baltimore Banner reporter Jonas Shaffer contributed to this article.