Will Ravens WR Stallworth return after the Bye Week?

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Could Donte Stallworth be healthy enough to make his Ravens debut next week against the Miami Dolphins?

Stallworth seems to feel that it’s a very real possibility though Coach John Harbaugh would not confirm Stallworth’s optimism.

“It’s going good,” Stallworth said of his rehabilitation a couple of weeks ago. “I’m making progress every day. I feel like I’m right on schedule, and I’m feeling pretty good. So I’m looking forward to getting in after that bye week. That was the initial target date, and that’s still the target date. Hopefully, everything goes as planned.”

Stallworth has been out since the Third Pre-Season game against the New York Giants when he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot while running a route. He had surgery to repair the break nine days later.

From all accounts his rehab has gone well and he even joined the practice field for positional drills on October 21st.

If Stallworth is available for the Ravens game on November 7th the question then becomes where he fits in on the team. Stallworth would join a crowded receiving corps and would most likely be the fourth receiver. He could be able to find a home on Special teams as either a Kick or Punt returner or both due to a lack of production and explosiveness from Jalen Parmele and Tom Zbikowski.

Stallworth has always been a player with tremendous speed and it is that element that could help him find his way on the field.

John Harbaugh definitely sees Stallworth as an asset whenever he does return. “As you know, he’s an explosive guy,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a strong runner with the ball. He’s got the speed element, obviously. That always helps. He’s kind of a little different than the other three that are playing mostly right now, so that should help us.”


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