The Baltimore Ravens come into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets a little healthier than they were when they faced the Chicago Bears, but one player’s status continues to be monitored with caution.
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata practiced Friday, but it still remains to be seen whether or not he will give it a go, as he continues to battle that nagging knee injury. The injury is similar to the one that sidelined him in the Super Bowl, and given the way he’s been beaten and battered the past few seasons, Baltimore must tread lightly when it comes to pressing Ngata back into action. It’s not that he isn’t capable of playing hurt, but he’s been limited throughout the week, and it may be a tall task asking him to be his best against the eighth-ranked ground game of the Jets.
As far as the rest of the injury report goes, the Ravens don’t appear to be in bad shape. In addition to Ngata, inside linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (abs) are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but will likely play; Ngata remains a game-time decision. Wide receivers Marlon Brown (knee) and Brandon Stokley (thigh) are both probable for Sunday’s game, but it remains to be seen if Stokley is activated. Baltimore had just four active wide receivers last week in Chicago, so getting Brown back will help quarterback Joe Flacco through the air.
The Jets have two injuries that are of concern and a plethora of other names on the list. Linebacker Garrett McIntyre (knee) and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (elbow) are both listed as doubtful for Sunday’s contest at M&T Bank Stadium. The rest of the injury report looks like something Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots would throw together. Offensive lineman Willie Colon (calf), cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip), defensive lineman Kendrick Ellis (back), quarterback David Garrard (knee), wide receiver Stephen Hill (knee), wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring), wide receiver David Nelson (illness), wide receiver Greg Salas (finger) and tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) are all listed as probable.
You may be wondering why Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta doesn’t find himself on Baltimore’s injury report. He hasn’t been moved to the active 53-man roster, therefore wasn’t listed. Baltimore has until 4 PM Saturday afternoon to activate Pitta, or else he will not be able to play against New York on Sunday. Even though the Ravens brought back Terrell Suggs last season against the Houston Texans, the first week he returned to practice from his torn Achilles tendon, don’t anticipate the same course of action for Baltimore this time around with a key component to their offense. After all, if they happen to lose this contest against the Jets, at 4-7, the Ravens may kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.