Starters from the Ravens’ starting lineup are back in the gym.


Starters from the Ravens’ starting lineup are back in practice.

According to the Baltimore Ravens’ official injury report, two key offensive starters returned to practice yesterday, with running back Latavius Murray and right tackle Patrick Mekari both participating for the first time in a few weeks.

On Wednesday, Ravens RT Patrick Mekari and RB Latavius Murray returned to practice for the first time.

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Murray hasn’t played since sustaining an ankle sprain in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers, but Le’Veon Bell’s release on Tuesday suggests he’s on the mend.

Despite missing three games, the former New Orleans Saint has led Baltimore’s backfield with 59 carries.

Mekari also missed the Ravens’ last two games due to an ankle sprain he sustained against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7.

He’s been crucial to the Ravens’ injury-plagued offensive line this season, as evidenced by the team’s collapse against the Miami Dolphins last Thursday.

Both were limited participants in their two practices this week, implying that the Ravens aren’t quite ready to put them in full-time action just yet.

Both players are unlikely to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Nonetheless, their activity is encouraging for a Baltimore team that has been losing players for the entire season.

Even if Murray misses a fourth straight game, Devonta Freeman, who has at least nine carries in three of the Ravens’ last four games, will take over as the starting running back.

Ty’Son Williams could be in line for more carries after receiving a message from head coach John Harbaugh this week, while offensive coordinator Greg Roman mentioned potential practice squad elevation Nate McCrary as another option today, according to Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun.

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The Ravens will use a makeshift offensive line in the absence of Mekari, with Tyre Phillips likely starting at right tackle for the second straight game.

If Cedric Ogbuehi, the team’s newest signing, is ready to play, he could return to left guard.

Rookie guard Ben Cleveland, who returned to practice last week after being placed on injured reserve in October due to an injury against the Indianapolis Colts, could also be in the mix.

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