Ravens making smart move resting during bye week
The Baltimore Ravens have started their bye week and despite being on a three-game losing streak the Ravens have elected to rest for the week. The Ravens have a late bye week which comes in week ten of the season. A lot of Ravens players are probably playing hurt. Players like Marlon Humphrey played through a thigh injury on Sunday and was in and out of the game.
The Ravens have been hard at work since training camp and generally players are banged up by the time the bye week comes. I have always thought having a late bye week is good because more guys are hurt by then and have time to recover.
The players in the trenches need the rest the most, the offensive and defensive line has been banged up. The Ravens were without two of their starting tackles on Sunday and Alex Lewis was recovering from a pinched nerve and did play.
The bye week and resting is good for players to refresh mentally and physically. Having a few days off their legs and not taking hits for a week can do wonders for players.
Most teams rest during the bye week and I do not think if John Harbaugh elected to practice this week it would have been popular in the locker room. Rumors of Harbaugh’s job security have been swirling around but it was clear after Sunday’s game that he still had support in the locker room especially from outspoken veterans like Eric Weddle.
The Ravens had a very tough schedule in the first half and it gets much easier going forward. At one point the Ravens played three straight road games. Players are tired and rest is needed before they get back to the grind. Ravens fans on social media may think the Ravens need more practice but right now the Ravens need to get healthy.