Ravens to rest starters vs. Rams in PS4….

It makes sense, even though the Ravens' 1st teams on both sides of the ball (and special teams!) clearly need more work. The vets will rest against St. Louis Thursday night. Meanwhile, more than 20 roster spots are about to be released, so for those guys there is plenty to play for.

I was looking forward to seeing Tyrod Taylor get the start at QB against the Rams. Looks like there's a chance that even Tyrod could be held out of the game.

According to Ryan Mink at the Ravens.com NFL site, Taylor will be a "game-time decision" due to precautionary concern over his recovery from a concussion suffered a week ago.

He went through the NFL’s concussion protocol this week after suffering a shot to the head against the Carolina Panthers.

Taylor has been on the practice field, and has cleared part of the concussion test. But the Ravens were still awaiting the full results on Tuesday afternoon. Harbaugh said whether Taylor plays could be a game-time decision or sooner.

“As soon as he passes the test, he’s cleared to play,” Harbaugh said. “We do not anticipate that being a problem; we really haven’t. If it is, that would be a little surprising.”

Even if Taylor is ready to play, the Ravens could opt to keep him on the sideline.

They would always like to get Taylor more snaps because he doesn’t get many in the regular season. But they need him healthy for Denver just in case. Third-stringer Caleb Hanie could get the start, and the Ravens signed insurance with rookie Dayne Crist.

The Ravens will likely be without defensive tackle Arthur Jones, who has not participated in practice this week due to a non football-related issue.

“I’m going to leave it to Art to explain what it was, but it was more of a personal health thing that’s not serious,” Harbaugh said. “We just held him back this week.”

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (undisclosed) has also been missing from practice, along with the usual players that have not yet been placed on the physically unable to play list: tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) and center Ryan Jensen (undisclosed).

Tight end Ed Dickson has been practicing and has been “looking explosive,” according to Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell.

Dickson said he feels like he could play right now, and getting him some work in the preseason could be beneficial. But the Ravens also don’t want to risk a setback with their starting tight end.

Dickson said he’s not sure if he’ll play in St. Louis.

“I’m going with what the coaches and trainers say,” he said. “I feel like I’ll be able to go, but you never know. You don’t want to go backwards from here. I feel like I’m pretty much ready to go today, but I’m listening to them.”


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Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.