Ed Reed Will Play Sunday Despite Hamstring Injury
Sports Fan Insider
By Samuel Njoku
The Baltimore Ravens will head up to Philadelphia to play the Eagles. Here’s a look at the injury report for Baltimore’s upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles:
Jah Reid, OT, (leg): Out
Tackle Jah Reid is still struggling with a leg injury he suffered during minicamp. But it’s an injury that the young offensive lineman believes he’ll be recovering from soon. Many believed that the Ravens lack of depth would cost this team dearly. But with the way the line looked on Monday, it appears that this group of lineman may be more diverse than most expected.
Ramon Harewood played fairly well for the Ravens as he made his first start at guard. Rookie Kelechi Osemele played physical at the right tackle spot. When Reid does return from injury, the line may become an area of strength for this football team.
Paul Kruger, LB/DE, (back): Questionable
Paul Kruger is listed on the official injury report as questionable. But that didn’t stop Kruger from declaring himself as active for Sunday’s game.
“It’s getting better,” said Kruger. “So I think I’ll be full speed by Sunday.”
Kruger struggled in his first start against the Bengals. Cincinnati would direct a majority of their run plays in his direction; testing Kruger as he fills the position once held by Jarret Johnson. As a result, he was noticeably bruised after the game. But that shouldn’t stop him from playing in Philadelphia.
Pernell McPhee, DE, (knee): Questionable
Another defensive player that was listed as questionable on the injury report was pass rusher Pernell McPhee. The Ravens have been taking it easy with Mcphee as he is just getting off of Arthroscopic knee surgery this past offseason. But much like Kruger, Mcphee sees no reason why he shouldn’t play on Sunday.
“I feel pretty good, I feel better,” McPhee told reporters Thursday. “I expect to play Sunday.”
The Ravens are thin on the pass rushers with the loss of Suggs. If McPhee were to miss Sunday’s game, it would be a significant blow to a defense that will need to get after Michael Vick in this game. Expect him to play.
Ed Reed, S, (thigh): Probable
Ed Reed strained his hamstring after returning an interception for a touchdown in the 44-13 route of the Cincinnati Bengals. After the game, Reed walked with a noticeable limp, but guaranteed he would play on Sunday.
“It’s good. It’s good. It’s minor,” stated Reed after the game. “If there was a [reason], I could have played, will play this week. I’ve been in this situation before. It’s just about managing and knowing it. I think I ran about four miles today because my job was simple. Just play sound football, be the safety, what my job calls me to do, really.”
Reed was limited in practice all week, but should be a go for Sunday.
The Ravens will have to guard some of the fastest receivers in the league. That is, assuming they can even make it on the field. Riley Cooper (collarbone) is out this Sunday. Wide receivers Desean Jackson (hamstring) and Jeremy Maclin (hip) are questionable.
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Samuel Njoku was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Samuel has covered the Ravens for Examiner.com since 2010. Prior to 2010, Samuel was an avid blogger and radio personality in Salisbury, MD. He can be reached for comments at SamuelN870@gmail.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @Ravens_Examiner.