Ravens Elvis Dumervil and Arthur Jones sit Thursday

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens returned to practice without a few key defensive players.

Like the Cincinnati Bengals and the rest of the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens returned to practice on Thursday after having Christmas off on Wednesday -- the usual day for teams to begin practicing during a Sunday game.

Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil missed his second practice this week with a bruised and sprained ankle. The eighth-year veteran was out against the Minnesota Vikings in week 15 but played against the Patriots in week 16, despite being listed as questionable. Dumervil is currently second on the team with 9.5 quarterback sacks, but hasn't had one since Nov. 24 against the Jets and three sacks against the Bengals on Nov. 10.

As for the other Ravens, Defensive end Arthur Jones is still undergoing concussion protocols. Jones suffered the concussion on Sunday against the New England Patriots Jones has started 13 games this season, generating a career-high 53 tackles and 4.0 quarterback sacks. He's the second-best Ravens defender (to Elvis Dumervil), according to Pro Football Focus and the second-best run defender.

Running back Ray Rice (quadriceps) and wide receiver Torrey Smith (minor hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday, as did center Gino Gradkowski. Linebacker Albert McClellan (neck) is practicing after missing the Patriots game however cornerback Asa Jackson remains sidelined.

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