By Samuel Njoku
The Ravens are heading West for the second straight week to battle the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. Baltimore is naturally an underdog heading into this matchup. If they want to force the upset on national television, they’ll need as many healthy bodies as possible.
The Ravens have struggled mightily in all areas of play; but if there is one unit that has struggled more than the rest, it’s the secondary. It doesn’t bode well that Baltimore has suffered numerous injuries on that side of the football. For starters, Lardarius Webb is dealing with a thigh injury and is likely a game-time decision for the game against Arizona. While he’s had a disappointing 2015 season so far, he’s one of the few players in this unit with experience with the Ravens defense. Asa Jackson, who has had a limited amount of playing time this season, is another Ravens’ cornerback with experience dealing with a thigh injury. With two major corners hampered due to injury, Shareece Wright may get another opportunity to start opposite Jimmy Smith after struggling a great deal against the San Francisco 49ers.
With Dennis Pitta fighting to return to action, another Ravens tight end will miss time with an injury of his own. Second round draft selection Maxx Williams has been ruled out of the contest with knee and ankle injuries. Because of this, expect to see Nick Boyle as the backup tight end on Monday. Boyle has been a pleasant surprise for Baltimore having been a part of a few big plays throughout the season so far.
Defensive end Chris Canty will make his long awaited return to the football field after missing four games with a calf injury. One of the bright spots to his absence has been the emergence of Lawrence Guy. He’s played well while Canty has recuperated and will likely be involved a lot more now that he’s gained the confidence of the coaching staff. Elvis Dumervil and Daryl Smith will also play after both received a day off of practice that is routinely given to veterans on the tail end of their careers. The front seven will definitely have to step up their play if they wish to pick up their second win of the season.
Chris Canty, DE (calf)
Elvis Dumervil, LB (Not Injury Related)
Daryl Smith, LB (Not Injury Related)
Darren Waller, WR (concussion)
Marshal Yanda, RG (ankle)
Asa Jackson, CB (thigh)
Kendrick Lewis, S (knee)
Lardarius Webb, CB (thigh)
Terrence Brooks, S (thumb)
Breshad Perriman, WR (knee)
Maxx Williams, TE (knee, ankle)
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.