The Ravens lost eight starters, and John Harbaugh was excited to have an opportunity for backups

The Ravens will be without eight starters against the Colts on Sunday, but head coach John Harbaugh is looking on the bright side.

Baltimore has already injured defensive end R’Darius Washington, then wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (knee), center Tyler Linderbaum (ankle) and running back Justice Hill (foot). , cornerback Marlon Humphrey (foot), safety Marcus Williams (pectoral) and outside linebacker Odoff Owe (ankle) are out on the weekly injury report. That’s bad news.

But Harbaugh said most of the injured players should recover relatively quickly, and there are some big opportunities for backups this week.

“If they were season-ending injuries that would be a concern, and I think you really have to avoid them, and you pray you avoid them,” Harbaugh said. “We had a couple of them, we had JK and maybe Ar’Darius — it’s not set in stone yet. The other guys are a few weeks, a week, two weeks. We thought we could have a couple of guys back this week. They’ll work out next week, so they’ll have that.” Right on the range. So that’s good news. I feel good about that, and I feel good about the guys that are going to get a chance to play this week. They’re excited.

Despite eight injured starters, the Ravens were eight-point favorites to beat the Colts.

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