In what could be a trap game for the Baltimore Ravens as they face the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, they will have a taller mountain to climb if they are without one of their best pass-rushing specialists.
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil headlines the final injury report of the week for the Ravens as he continues to deal with an ankle injury he suffered Thanksgiving night versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dumervil came out of the game near the end of the first half, did return, but has been limited in practice throughout the week. It’s not often the Ravens use the doubtful designation on the final injury report as head coach John Harbaugh tends to reveal his cards on gameday as to who will participate on the active roster and who will likely be watching in street clothes.
Listing Dumervil as doubtful gives off a signal that he likely will miss Sunday’s game against the Vikings, but his role may have been reduced regardless of his most recent injury. Minnesota tends to run the football more due to their struggles with their quarterback carousel this season. Any team with Adrian Peterson carrying the rock would have that philosophy as well. That being said, Dumervil hasn’t excelled as a run-stopper this season unlike his counterpart Courtney Upshaw.
The second-year outside linebacker serves more of a support role than anything on this Ravens defense, but it’s crucial nonetheless. As a guy who predicates his game on setting the edge and turning ball-carriers inside to the rest of the front seven, Upshaw’s service will be deemed more valuable than Dumervil’s this week.
Here’s how the final injury reports for Week 14 look for the Ravens other than the Dumervil injury:
The Ravens have listed safety Brynden Trawick as out with an ankle injury. Defensive end Chris Canty (shoulder), cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (abs) and Asa Jackson (thigh) and wide receiver Brandon Stokley (knee) are all listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Cornerback Jimmy Smith practiced earlier this week after passing the NFL‘s concussion protocol and is listed as probable.
The Minnesota Vikings have a lengthy injury report, but no name is more important than starting quarterback Christian Ponder. He is listed as out as he is dealing with concussion-like symptoms and backup Matt Cassel will assume the starting role. Minnesota isn’t much of a passing football team anyway, but anytime the quarterback position is a revolving door, the organization usually tends to struggle putting together wins.
The rest of the injury report for the Vikings outside of the Ponder injury looks like this:
Cornerback Josh Robinson (chest) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) will miss Sunday’s game as they are listed as out. Linebacker Larry Dean (knee), safety Jamarca Sanford (ankle) and Peterson (groin) are all listed as questionable. Defensive end Jared Allen (finger), running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), defensive tackle Sharif Floyd (illness), defensive end Fred Evans (knee), linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist), defensive end Everson Griffin (toe) and safety Andrew Sendejo (toe) are all probable for Week 14′s contest.