Friday left a sour taste in a lot of Baltimore Ravens fans’ mouths as they received the news that left guard Kelechi Osemele will not only miss this Sunday’s Week 9 showdown against the Cleveland Browns, but also opting for season-ending surgery to heal his nagging back injury.
In his place, Baltimore will insert backup guard/center A.Q. Shipley to fill the void left by the former Iowa State Cyclone. While Shipley is 100 percent, even a 60-percent Osemele is probably better than the short-armed reserve, but the Ravens have no other real options at this stage of the game. Rookie Ryan Jensen and Jah Reid could also fill in to the mixed bag at left guard, but expect Shipley to take the lead at the position.
The official injury report for the Ravens looks like this: Kelechi Osemele is out with a back and knee injury. Wide receiver Brandon Stokley is questionable with a thigh injury. Baltimore has several players listed as probable for this Sunday’s game including linebacker Josh Bynes as he recovers from a finger and thigh injury, defensive tackle Terrence Cody (knee), center Ryan Jensen is still dealing with his hampering foot injury, tackle Michael Oher continues to deal with ankle issues and running back Bernard Pierce has tweaked his thigh.
The Browns side is fairly healthy as well as they have no players listed as out for this week’s contest. Linebacker Quentin Groves is questionable with an ankle injury, while defensive lineman Billy Winn is also questionable with a quad issue. Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (thumb), running back Willis McGahee (knee), running back Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs), defensive back Chris Owens (finger) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (wrist) are all probable for Cleveland this Sunday.