By Samuel Njoku
The Baltimore Ravens play football by imposing their will on opposing teams. Such physical style of play can leave their players banged up. That’s exactly the case as Week 2 continues in the NFL season. The Ravens will play their first divisional game of the season against the Cleveland Browns and they’ll be doing it without one of their premier playmakers.
Jacoby Jones has been ruled out for Sunday’s game with a knee sprain that figures to keep him out of action for at least another month. The return specialist injured his knee against the Denver Broncos during punt return duties when rookie safety Brynden Trawick ran into him. Baltimore has tried to soften the blow to their return game by re-singing previously released WR Tandon Doss to assume punt return duties in his place. The Ravens also signed former Kansas City Chief RB Shaun Draughn to assume the kick return duties. Though neither player is as explosive as Jones, both can be serviceable when given the opportunity.
The Ravens did receive good news regarding DL Arthur Jones who was inactive for the season opener due to a non-football related illness. Now we know that Jones suffered a viral infection that was very close to his heart. The scare was so severe that he feared that his career may have ended. Of course with an illness like that, football was the least of his worries. After tests it appears that he will be okay and will most likely be a game-time decision for the game against Cleveland.
Another game-time decision for Sunday’s game will be with RB Bernard Pierce who was limited in practice this week with a thigh injury. But the consensus from the Ravens facility is that they expect Pierce to play on Sunday. His style of play is an important change of pace from that of Ray Rice. The Ravens will need him to keep the defense honest.
The most welcome news regarding injuries may be from RT Michael Oher. The offensive lineman seemed to twist his ankle pretty severely against Denver and many wondered if he would be able to play. But after practicing all week it looks as if Oher will play against Cleveland on Sunday. The Ravens offense sputtered dramatically after Oher was taken out of last week’s game against Denver. He has proven himself to be an essential piece to the Ravens offensive puzzle.
Baltimore Ravens Week 2 Injury Report:
WR Jacoby Jones (knee): OUT
C Ryan Jensen (foot): Doubtful
WR Deonte Thompson (foot): Doubtful
DT Brandon Williams (toe): Doubtful
DT Arthur Jones (illness): Questionable
RB Bernard Pierce (thigh): Questionable
T Michael Oher (ankle): Probable
Notable Cleveland Browns injuries
G Shawn Lauvao is being ruled out for this game. WR Travis Benjamin and DB T.J. Ward are both 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. Samuel Njoku is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @Ravens_Examiner.