After capturing their second Super Bowl in franchise history, the Ravens off season is off and running, as expected more than a few members that were a part of that storybook run to the Super Bowl, will not return.
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata joined Zinno on “Last Call” to discuss the Ravens Super Bowl XLVII victory.
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and defensive tackle Kyle Williams have been added to the roster for Sunday’s AFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens players Ray Rice and Haloti Ngata.
The Baltimore Ravens overcame an assortment of injuries and obstacles to return to the AFC championship game, one victory from reaching the Super Bowl.
The Ravens advance to the A-F-C Championship game for the second straight year, and again they will be playing the Patriots. This is a fitting circumstance for the Ravens because of the outcome of last year.
The Ravens have another opportunity to embrace the underdog role, this time in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots.
The Ravens have long awaited the return of Ray Lewis. And while it seems that he’s finally healthy enough to play, Baltimore has decided to wait one more week before starting the future hall of famer. The Ravens will most likely take the same approach with a few other players that are dealing with nagging injuries as they approach the final game of the regular season.
Six Baltimore Ravens were voted to the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday evening. Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Vonta Leach, Ray Rice, Marshal Yanda and Jacoby Jones were selected to play in the NFL’s All-Star game, which will be held on Jan. 27 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
The Ravens have been severely banged up for a good portion of the year. The only team in the AFC with just as many injuries may be the Pittsburgh Steelers. The heated division rivalry will begin once again on Sunday Night. And while many faces will be out for this game. Both teams will get some much needed pieces back in play. Pittsburgh will have Rashard Mendenhall back for this game. And Baltimore should see Haloti Ngata return to help a banged up defense.
The Ravens have dealt with injuries throughout the season. But during the second half of the schedule, Baltimore will look to get healthy as they make a push for the postseason. Ngata has continued to struggle with his knee and shoulder injury. And McPhee has yet to practice in 2 weeks. With injuries to Yanda and Williams, Baltimore will have to play with a slightly banged up unit.
The Ravens have had a week to recover from injuries they suffered from the first half of the season. Entering their game against Cleveland, the Ravens hoped to be in full strength. But with major injuries to their defensive line, Baltimore will have their hands full against Trent Richardson
After huge injuries to both Lewis and Webb, the Ravens could receive a boost if they decide to field Terrell Suggs on Sunday. If the reigning defensive player of the year is on the field, it gives the Texans one more player to worry about. And with Jimmy Smith and Ngata still dealing with nagging injuries, the team needs all the help it can get.