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Ravens catching Texans at right time

10/10/2011

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off their bye to play a team that is actually more banged-up than they are. The AFC North Division leaders are facing the Houston Texans, who likely will be without their best player on offense and defense.

Houston linebacker Mario Williams suffered torn pectoral muscles in recording his fifth sack of the season Sunday. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Williams is out "indefinitely if not for the remainder of the season."

This comes one week after Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson underwent surgery on his hamstring. ESPN's John Clayton reported last week that Houston's No. 1 receiver is expected to miss three games, which would include Sunday's meeting at the Ravens. According to the Houston Chronicle, Johnson will attempt to practice this week once the stitches are out.

Not having to block Williams or cover Johnson would be a major break for Baltimore (3-1), which leads the AFC North by a half-game.

The Ravens are looking to get some injured players back after having their bye. In their last game, all seven of their pregame scratches were inactive because of injuries.