By Samuel Njoku
It took one game against the Dallas Cowboys to turn one of the healthiest teams in the NFL to one of the most banged up. In that game alone, the Ravens lost Ray Lewis (torn triceps) and Lardarius Webb (torn ACL) for the rest of the season. Jimmy Smith and Haloti Ngata also suffered injuries in that game that has also slowed them down this week. With the bye week coming up shortly, the Ravens will have to duke it out with the Texans before getting some much needed rest.
Suggs hasn’t been ruled out yet
The most interesting of all the injuries for the Baltimore Ravens comes from a player who has yet to appear on the injury report. Terrell Suggs, who tore his Achilles tendon during the offseason, began practice for the first time this week. Reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggested that Suggs could actually play this week. With the bye coming for the Ravens next week, it makes a lot more sense for Baltimore to give him some time off. But the team remained non-committal on his status.
“Come Sunday, I may or may not be out there, so we just have to wait,” Suggs told reporters on Thursday. “At the end, [LBs] coach [Ted] Monachino, Mark Smith, our trainer, and our head ball coach will all make the decision if it’s good for me to go out there and play.”
When Harbaugh was asked about Suggs status for Sunday, it was clear he wasn’t letting the cat out of the bag.
“I don’t know,” said Harbaugh with a grin. “If I knew I wouldn’t tell you.”
Fans and media alike will just have to wait until Sunday to find out.
Jimmy Smith, CB, (abs): Questionable
With the loss of Lardarius Webb, the Ravens can ill afford to play without Jimmy Smith. But that is a real possibility heading into Sunday’s game against the Texans. Jimmy Smith is questionable for this game with an apparent abs injury. The young cornerback is already dealing with a groin injury that has limited him a bit this season. If Smith can’t go, expect Corey Graham to start in his place.
Haloti Ngata, DT, (knee): Questionable
With the IR filling up for the Ravens, the team is gracious that Ngata appears to be fine after last week. Ngata hobbled around the field on Sunday with a MCL sprain, but still managed to finish the game. The reports state that the injury he suffered is minor. That’s great news for a team that is reeling with severe injuries to 2 extremely talented defensive players. The Ravens have taken it slow with Ngata and limited his reps in practice this week. He should be a go for Sunday.
Jonathan Joseph listed as questionable
The Ravens may have caught a break with the absence of Joseph in practice for most of the week. He was limited on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a nagging groin injury. He will be a game-time decision.
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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.