Ravens vs. Patriots: Injuries Figure to Play a Role in Week 16 Meeting
Even though the game was flexed out of Sunday Night Football for a showdown between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles, the contest between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will be nothing short of spectacular.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco highlights the injury report for Baltimore as he is listed as questionable with a sprained left MCL from a low hit delivered by Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy — who was not fined for the hit. Flacco will wear a brace on the knee for the first time since the same injury occurred on the same knee his junior year at the University of Delaware, but the 28-year-old remains composed as ever knowing the importance of this game to his teammates and their standing in the AFC playoff picture.
Anytime the Patriots and Bill Belichick send out an injury report you take it with a grain of salt. The future Hall of Famer never reveals his hand too early and likes to bend the rules in regards to who is actually injured and who isn’t. In fact, almost every coach does because they deep down they hate having to release this kind of information to the media and general public. Think about this: John Harbaugh already said Flacco is playing, so why should he be listed as questionable?
The injury reports for the two clubs look like this heading into Sunday’s showdown at M&T Bank Stadium:
The Baltimore Ravens have listed cornerback Asa Jackson as out with a thigh injury. Linebacker Elvis Dumervil (ankle), quarterback Joe Flacco (knee), linebacker Albert McClellan (neck) and running back Ray Rice (thigh) are all listed as questionable. Tight end Dallas Clark (sickness) and safety Brynden Trawick (ankle) are probable for Sunday’s game.
New England has listed wide receiver Josh Boyce out with an ankle injury. The Patriots have a plethora of players listed as questionable including cornerbacks Kyle Arrington (groin) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee, shoulder), wide receivers Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kembrell Thompkins (hip), linebackers Dane Fletcher (groin) and Brandon Spikes (knee) and tackle Nate Solder (concussion). The list of probable players for the Patriots is just as large as wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin), quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder), tackles Will Svitek (ankle) and Marcus Cannon (ankle), safety Steve Gregory (finger), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) are all probable Sunday.