Watson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. After two absences from practices to begin the week, Watson was able to get back on the field in a limited capacity Friday, which may be good enough for the Ravens to clear him to play by the time Sunday arrives. The Ravens similarly limited Watson's practice workload in Weeks 3 through 5, but the veteran tight end has yet to miss a game this season. Watson is coming off a Week 6 loss to the Bears in which he saw eight targets during the contest, gaining 28 yards on six receptions.
Watson (knee) returned to practice Friday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Watson followed a similar practice schedule while dealing with a calf injury in Weeks 3, 4 and 5, sitting out sessions Wednesday and Thursday but then returning as a full participant Friday. He's yet to miss a game this season, and the Ravens seem to be limiting his practice reps in an effort to keep the 37-year-old fresh while he deals with a minor issue. Watson's role as the team's top pass-catching tight end has led to just one game where he's recorded more than 43 receiving yards. He piled up 91 of his 176 total yards for the season in a Week 2 win over the Browns.
Watson (knee) was held out of practice Thursday, Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun reports. Watson is one of six pass catchers -- four wide receivers and two tight ends -- that has either been a nonparticipant or limited participant in both of the Ravens' first two practices of the week. Though Watson's health might be on sturdier ground than some of those other players, he'll probably need to see some involvement in Friday's session for the Ravens to feel good about his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Vikings.
Watson didn't practice Wednesday due to a knee injury. Watson was held out of Wednesday practices in Weeks 4 and 5 due to a calf injury, but he didn't end up missing any games or having his workload limited. There will only be cause for concern if Watson doesn't make it back to practice by the end of the week as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game in Minnesota. Watson is locked in as the team's top pass-catching tight end, but he's essentially been limited to low-value short targets since catching eight passes for 91 yards in a Week 2 win over the Browns. He's caught 16 of 21 targets for just 85 yards over the past four weeks.
Watson caught six passes for 28 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bears. Watson's eight targets were a team high, but he averaged a mere 3.5 yards per target. He continues to see consistent target volume as quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite target, but Watson's route tree hasn't allowed for many big gains deep down the field. Watson and the Ravens will head to Minnesota to face the Vikings in Week 7.
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