By Samuel Njoku
The Cleveland Browns will head to Baltimore to battle the Ravens, and while both teams are relatively healthy, here’s a rundown of who may be hobbling into the match-up.
Jah Reid OT, (leg): Questionable
Jah Reid has slowly progressed on the weekly injury reports. Reid, who suffered a leg injury in the offseason, has been limited in practice throughout the week. But that is an improvement from what has occurred in previous weeks. Though it isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility that Reid plays on Thursday, it would be much more likely that the Ravens give him added rest time in preparation for a Week Five showdown against the Chiefs.
I’m feeling really good out there,” Reid said Tuesday. “I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, trying to get my legs back. It’s going to take a little bit to get back into football shape.”
The Ravens have a great corps of offensive lineman. But the addition of Reid to the roster, makes this unit much better.
Brendon Ayanbedejo, LB, (knee): Probable
Brendon Ayanbedejo injured his knee during the Patriots game on Monday, but played through most of the game. On Wednesday, he participated fully in practice and should be ready to play on Thursday. But if it were up to Ayanbedejo, he’d have a little while longer to prepare.
“I should be alright,” Ayanbadejo told reporters Tuesday. “That’s just part of football. You get dinged. Unfortunately we’ve got a Thursday night game and you have to work through it.
It takes players about a week to recover from the dings and bruises accumulated from a football game. Unfortunately for Ayanbedejo, that luxury will not be provided for him this week.
Lardarius Webb, CB, (knee): Probable
Webb is still feeling the effects of a knee injury that has lingered for a couple of weeks. The Ravens have taken it easy on their top corner, but on Wednesday he fully participated in practice. Webb has been the only consistent corner on a unit that has struggled so far this season. It would be a huge loss for this defense if Webb suffered a setback. And though playing two games in a 4 day span can be dangerous on his knee, all signs point to Webb starting against the Browns.
Mohammed Massaquoi out with hamstring injury
The Ravens have struggled against great receivers this season. It appears as though the Browns will play Thursday without one of their best. Mohammed Massaquoi will not play on Thursday night with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week Three against the Buffalo Bills. That’s a huge blow for an offense who was struggling with him in the lineup. The Browns are expected to start Josh Gordon or Travis Benjamin in his place.
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.