By Samuel Njoku
The Ravens are still fighting for that 6th and final playoff spot in the AFC. To get in to the postseason, they’ll need a win on Sunday as well as a little help from the Kansas City Chiefs.READ MORE: Three Months After Their Daughter's Death, Maliyah Turner's Parents Are Still Seeking Justice
Injuries Continue To Mount For Baltimore
If the Ravens don’t make it to the postseason, their injury concerns may be the biggest reason of all. The Ravens sent their 18th player of the season to IR when Rick Wagner was shut down with a foot injury. The right tackle has been a clear upgrade over his predecessor, Michael Oher. The Ravens have been hampered with injuries for most of the season, but this one is clearly the most detrimental. To offset the injury, the Ravens will likely make James Hurst the starting right tackle for the game against Cleveland.
Eugene Monroe is another injury concern for the Ravens as he left last week’s game with an injury. His status is up in the air and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh would not provide the media any further detail on his injury.
Ravens fans will cheer for Chiefs on SundayREAD MORE: Members Of Safe Streets Plan To Honor DaShawn McGrier On Saturday
There may be a hint of red and white throughout M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens and Browns meet. That’s because the Ravens can’t advance to the postseason without help from the Chiefs. Kansas City will face the Chargers on Sunday with playoff implications galore. The Chargers will enter the postseason with a win, but that would subsequently eliminate Baltimore from playoff contention. The Chiefs are currently -2.5 point favorites but will have their hands full against Philip Rivers. Of course the result of that game matters little if Baltimore can’t take care of business against the Browns.
3 Pro Bowl Players for Baltimore
With the NFL season coming to a close, the league announced their roster for the 2014-2015 NFL Pro Bowl Roster. Three Baltimore Ravens were good enough to make the roster. LB Elvis Dumervil, RG Marshal Yanda and inside linebacker C. J. Mosley received the distinct honor of representing the Ravens in the Pro Bowl. The Ravens also have 5 first alternates to this year’s game. RB Justin Forsett, LB Terrell Suggs, P Sam Koch, FB Kyle Juszczyk, and WR Jacoby Jones will all be eligible to play if players in their position are unable to play.
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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.MORE NEWS: With Dangerous Wind Chill, Baltimore City Under Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert