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Baltimore Ravens Receivers Suffering

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 18:  (L-R) Derrick Mason #85 and Mark Clayton #89 of the Baltimore Ravens stand on the field dejected after their 23-14 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Aaron SchwartzCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2009

Now it is the off-season, but it is never too early to worry about injuries to football teams, and with what the Baltimore Ravens went through in 2008, it is time to start worrying.

The Ravens off-season injuries have been seldom, however, they have hit almost all of their receivers. From the wide outs to the tight ends, almost all of them have already landed on the injury report.

Wide receiver Derrick Mason, who played through a shoulder injury in 2008, went through surgery on the same shoulder during the off-season. His recovery from the surgery has been much slower than expected, and it may limit him from participating in training camp. However, Mason believes that he will be ready to play when the season comes around.

The number two wide receiver for the Ravens, Mark Clayton has also come up with an injury. He is suffering from a heel injury, plantar fascists, which has limited him during off-season workouts. Clayton says that the injury is healing well and should not limit him for training camp.

Another wide receiver with an injury for the Ravens is Demetrius Williams. He went through surgery in November for his left ankle, but has had a painful recovery so far. Coach Harbaugh stated that Williams had more on the line in June and July than anyone else on the team. So far it does not seem good for Williams.

The final wide receiver to get hit with an injury for the Ravens is Yamon Figurs. Figurs, who broke his foot in May, is recovering well and it is believed that he will be fully healthy for the start of training camp at the end of July.

As if those four wide outs being hurt was not bad enough for the Ravens, they also have three injured tight ends.

Todd Heap is the first of the injured tight ends. Heap is recovering from a back injury, that has taken away his explosiveness off of the line. The only thing that can help him recover is time, but it is beginning to run out as training camp approaches. We will have to wait and see if Heap can be ready to go for training camp, the preseason or the regular season.

The second injured tight end is the recently acquired L.J. Smith. Smith has been riddled with injuries over the past couple of years, and is working with an upset groin at the moment. He seems to be ready to play and is happy to be in Baltimore, claiming that the best will be brought out in him playing for the Ravens.

The final injury to a Raven tight end is Quinn Sypniewski. After having surgery at the end of May to repair an injured knee, he has been very limited and seems to be the no better then the third tight end when healthy, but at this point both Heap and Smith are hurt as well. The timetable for Sypniewski's return is really unknown, and more light may be shed on the matter during training camp.

The Baltimore Ravens are already walking on a tight rope with there injuries, and if they want to make a run at the Super Bowl this year, they will need a healthy team. After all,  Only time will tell who will end up healthy for the regular season.

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