Most notably for Baltimore, pass-rushing specialist Elvis Dumervil is inactive as he was listed as doubtful to play on the week’s final injury report. Dumervil’s game is more predicated on getting after the passer and given his health, limited success in stopping the run and the fact that the Vikings don’t throw that much, his presence may not be missed entirely all that much. Expect Courtney Upshaw to play significant time at the outside linebacker spot in Dumervil’s absence.
Tight end Dennis Pitta is active for the Ravens for the first time since Baltimore’s triumphant Super Bowl XLVII victory back in February. After practicing for the first time two and a half weeks ago since he suffered a dislocated hip in late July, the 28-year-old tight end is poised to make an impact in his first game of the 2013 NFL season.
The Ravens have just two healthy tight ends active as Dallas Clark is inactive this week, so expect Pitta to be an integral part of the Ravens’ third down and red zone passing attacks. He may be monitored on a snap count, but any Pitta sighting has to give quarterback Joe Flacco some ease in his decision-making.
The Vikings will be without tight end Kyle Rudolph and Christian Ponder, but star running back Adrian Peterson is active. Peterson was listed as questionable for the game and practiced on a limited basis on Friday, but head coach Leslie Frazier knows the importance that his star running back has on this team’s offensive success, so he couldn’t sit out of a game where his team could potentially play spoiler for the Ravens in their playoff quest.
List of inactive for both teams:
Baltimore Ravens inactives: LB Elvis Dumervil, TE Dallas Clark, DT Brandon Williams,WR Deonte Thompson, S Omar Brown, S Brynden Trawick, C Ryan Jensen
Minnesota Vikings inactives: CB Josh Robinson, DT Chase Baker, G Jeff Baca, TE Kyle Rudolph, QB Christian Ponder, WR Rodney Smith, T Mike Remmers