Friday, January 7, 2011
Ravens' final injury notes
By James Walker
The Baltimore Ravens enter their wild-card game against the Kansas City Chiefs with injury concerns on defense. Safety Ed Reed (chest), defensive lineman Haloti Ngata (thigh), linebacker Terrell Suggs (knee) and cornerback Josh Wilson (head) -- all starters -- are listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game.
Considering the stakes, there is a good chance all four players will go for Baltimore. But Suggs and Ngata returned to practice for the first time this week on a limited basis Friday and are probably the biggest concerns. Both are needed to help stop Kansas City's strong running game led by Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 1,467 yards and averages 6.4 yards per carry this season.
Everything seems fine on offense for the Ravens. Starting left tackle Michael Oher injured his knee in the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. But Oher practiced every day this week and is listed as probable. Veteran receiver Derrick Mason (abdomen, ankle) and starting center Matt Birk (knee) are also probable.