J. Smith, Graham Return To Practice
The Ravens got two of their top three cornerbacks back on the practice field Friday.
They are both officially listed as questionable on the final injury report, but Graham told reporters that he expects to play against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I feel great,” Graham said. “I was able to go out there and run around, and I’m coming along good and I should be ready to go.”
Smith did not speak with the media in the locker room Friday.
If Smith or Graham is unable to play, then
“I feel good about whoever we put out there,” Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said. “I’m confident in whoever we put out there."
In addition to Smith and Graham battling injuries, starting safety
With all the injuries in the secondary, second-year cornerback
“Asa looked good,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “It looked like he was in shape. Like always, [he was] working the little nuances of the game and stuff like that. After a few weeks off, those are things in terms of knocking the rust off. But I thought he was surprisingly sharp, and he looked good.”
Suggs Probable, D. Smith ‘Ready To Roll’
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“It feels good and I’m looking forward to Sunday,” Smith said. “A couple days of rest and rehab and I should be ready to ride.”
Stokley Listed As Questionable, M. Brown Probable
The veteran receiver did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, and returned as a limited participant Friday.
Rookie wide receiver
LB Mauluga Ruled Out
The Bengals are also dealing with injuries of their own, as starting linebacker Rey Maualuga (knee) has been ruled out. Reserve defensive tackle Devon Still (elbow) has also been ruled out this week.
With Maualuga out, Vincent Rey is expected to get the start at middle linebacker.
The Bengals defensive line took a huge hit when nose tackle Geno Atkins suffered a torn ACL in last week’s game and is out for the season.
The other injuries for the Bengals are tight end Jermaine Gresham (groin) and running back Giovani Bernard (ribs), who are both questionable. Guard Kevin Zeitler (hamstring) is probable and linebacker Mike Boley (hamstring) is doubtful.