Bills vs Ravens: Sunday, September 9, 1:00p ET CBS Fox USA Today. The preseason is half over. To this point, the Buffalo Bills have remained relatively healthy.
Their Week 1 opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, cannot say the same.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Ravens will be without tight end Hayden Hurst on Sept. 9 when Baltimore hosts Buffalo after Hurst suffered a stress fracture in his foot.
Hurst was one of two first-round picks (No. 25 overall) for the Ravens during the 2018 NFL draft. The other, quarterback Lamar Jackson, will likely not play as well. He’s currently backing up starting QB Joe Flacco.
Hurst’s injury comes just two days after the NFL suspended Baltimore’s top cornerback, Jimmy Smith, for four games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Buffalo starts their season with five of their first seven games on the road, including their first four games against strong opponents in the Ravens, Chargers, Vikings and Packers, respectively. Only the Chargers meeting is in Orchard Park. With that tough start on the horizon, beginning the season with a win against the Ravens could be key.
Through three preseason games for the Ravens, who also played in the Hall of Fame Game, Hurst has five receptions for 41 yards and touchdown.