Dixon is thus unlikely to return to game action this week, but coach John Harbaugh said that the running back -- who hurt his knee back on Aug. 27 -- remains on track with his recovery. "The only thing I can really say - it's going to be too vague probably for everybody to want to hear, but he's working hard and he's getting closer," Harbaugh noted Wednesday. "He seems to be on schedule. I'm looking forward to getting him back."
Dumervil (foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.
Dumervil has now missed the Ravens' first three games due to a continuing recovery from offseason surgery. There was hope earlier in the week that the veteran would be able to go Week 3, but the Ravens are clearly taking a cautious approach with him and his ailment. Za'Darius Smith and Albert McClellan figure to see plenty of added work in Dumervil's absence.
Boyle has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016 campaign due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Boyle was utilized sparsely as a rookie in 2015, hauling in 18 balls for 153 yards over the course of 11 games. However, he received his first suspension related to PEDs on Dec. 7 and subsequently missed the final four contests of the season. With Boyle out of the picture for most of next season, the Ravens rely upon Crockett Gillmore (back) and Maxx Williams to man tight end.
Eifert (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Broncos.
Eifert logged three consecutive limited practices this week, but was not expected to suit up despite the fact that he was never officially ruled out. A return next week for Thursday's matchup with Miami remains a possibility, but for the time being, C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft stand to see the majority of tight end snaps for Cincinnati. Despite the short week ahead, a Week 4 return for Eifert has been the target since late-August.
In a media luncheon on Tuesday, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed, "I am not going to play Vontaze Burfict in the preseason," Paul Dehner Jr. of Cincinnati.com reports.
Burfict is suspended for the first three games of the regular season but is still eligible to play in the preseason by league rules. However, Lewis would rather play it safe and keep his star linebacker on the sidelines, keeping him safe from injuries and any on-the-field issue that could extend his suspension. Lewis said, "There's no reason for us to risk him getting hurt. It's hard because he's so competitive we have to continue to hold him back. One day he gets it the next day he wants to fight me on it. That's it. There's no reason to expose him to injury because he's too valuable." With Burfict out of the rotation, more reps will be allocated to young Bengals' linebackers.