Wake-up caw: Ravens back from bye

The Baltimore Ravens returned to the practice field Monday, their first workout after four days off for the bye. Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed a renewed optimism about getting their season back on course.

"Everybody was here on time ready to go, working hard with a lot of enthusiasm, so that was fun and exciting," Harbaugh said, via The Associated Press. "Those are positives of the bye week. That's the great thing about it. I think it was a plus for us and I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond in terms of how we play."

A victory would put the Ravens back at .500 and end the two-game skid. A loss would mark the Ravens' fourth in five games and continue their downward spiral.

Here's the rest of your Wake-up caw ...

  • Five of the Ravens' remaining nine games this season are at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Can the Ravens close the 2 1/2-game gap on the AFC North-leading Bengals? “The race, it is what it is now. It’s where it stands,” Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. “But it’s where it stands after 16 games that matters, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

  • The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston believes the Ravens are facing a "must-win" situation Sunday in Cleveland.

  • According to The Baltimore Sun, there are five Ravens players who haven't missed a snap: quarterback Joe Flacco, center Gino Gradkowski, guard Marshal Yanda, linebacker Daryl Smith and safety James Ihedigbo. The biggest surprise has to be Ihedigbo. Many thought he would lose his starting job to rookie first-round pick Matt Elam. Instead, it was Michael Huff who went to the bench.

  • Harbaugh described running back Bernard Scott, who was signed by the Ravens on Monday, as a "dangerous guy" in terms of being a playmaker. “He’s got all those skills as far as he’s a bit of a perimeter runner,” Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. “Not that he won’t run between the tackles, he will, but he’s a speed guy on the perimeter, a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He’s a guy that can take it the distance really at any time.”