Mark Clayton Out For Preseason?

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IAugust 7, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 18:  Mark Clayton #89 of the Baltimore Ravens runs for yards after the catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 23-14.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Two words you do not want to see together in Ravens’ training camp are “hamstring” and “bleeding.”

But, that’s the case with receiver Mark Clayton, who injured the hamstring in Sunday’s practice and will miss “a couple of preseason games” according to head coach John Harbaugh.

Clayton, who was the team’s second-leading receiver last season, injured his left hamstring Sunday. The 2005 first-round pick will be sidelined for an extended period because he had “some significant bleeding” in the hamstring, Harbaugh said.

“We’re not going to be in any hurry to bring him back,” Harbaugh said after Thursday’s practice. “We’re going to be very safe with” the bleeding.

Great. The worries that you might have had about Derrick Mason’s retirement have now been replaced with Clayton’s clearly-serious hamstring injury. Throw that in with Demetrius Williams’ hamstring injury, and you’re looking at a receiving depth chart more shallow than the Baltimore Sun’s pool of advertisers.

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