Baltimore’s fruitful bye week is only getting better. On Monday, the Ravens designated Maurice Canady to come off the injured reserve. The move comes at a time when Baltimore was counting on players getting healthy, as the Ravens are about to embark on a critical journey. John Harbaugh expected Maurice Canady to return after the bye, saying that he believes that all of Baltimore’s players could be healthy for week 11. After being removed from the injured reserve, Maurice Canady will be able to practice immediately. The Ravens will also have to decide whether to activate him in the next three weeks. If Baltimore keeps Canady deactivated, he will return to the injured reserve.
Canady, now in his third year in the NFL, injured his thigh in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on September 9. The Ravens draft Canady in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. While the front office saw promise, Canady has yet to deliver on it. The Achilles heel of Canaday seems to be a chronic injury problem. Just when it appears that he is on the verge of breaking out, he takes a blow and gets injured. Despite sitting out eight weeks, there is a silver lining for Canady. He returns as the team prepares to make a final playoff push. All players, including Canady, will be needed in the effort.
If Canady returns to the field, the Ravens will be playing with the full secondary available. The unit has great depth but was unable to play at full strength for the majority of the season. As Canady is the first domino in players to return, Baltimore hopes to get others back as well. Primarily, the Ravens will need left and right tackle Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst to return by Sunday. Without the two playing last week, the offensive line played inconsistently, and could not keep Joe Flacco clean in the pocket.