Baltimore's thin wide receiver corps got a little thinner with the news Jacoby Jones will miss between four and six weeks due to a knee injury. Jones was injured during a punt return on Thursday and suffered a MCL sprain, according to a report from Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
The injury occurred early in the second quarter when Baltimore rookie Brynden Trawick crashed into Jones, who was attempting to field a punt. The two players remained down after the play before eventually being helped off the field. Jones limped to the locker room and did not return. The injury is expected to keep him out for at least a month. Baltimore doesn't have its bye week until Week 8, so Jones will likely miss at least four games. If he is out the full six weeks, he could return for a Week 9 game against Cleveland following the bye.
Losing Jones is a major blow for Baltimore's offense, which is already without tight end Dennis Pitta. Jones was expected to be the Ravens' No. 2 wide receiver and help replace the production that was lost when Anquan Boldin was traded to the 49ers.
Rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown replaced Jones in the lineup against Denver and could see a significant increase in snaps going forward. Rookie Aaron Mellette and second-year wide receiver Deonte Thompson could also factor in. Baltimore is planning to evaluate the free-agent market, according to Wilson. Brandon Lloyd and Laurent Robinson are two of the top players available.
Baltimore will also have to replace Jones in the return game. Lardarius Webb handled punt return duties after Jones went out while Thompson was deep on kick returns, but did not return a kick.