All 53 players were on the field Friday, a good way for the Ravens to end the final practice of the regular season.
Health plays a huge role in what teams reach the playoffs and advance, and the Ravens are in a good spot. It’s uncommon for an NFL roster to be this healthy in Week 17.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said he expected the team to be at full strength for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
“Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anybody that will be out,” Harbaugh said.
The Ravens have five players listed as questionable, but all were full participants in Friday’s practice: wide receiver John Brown (hamstring), defensive back/linebacker Anthony Levine Sr. (toe/ankle), left guard Alex Lewis (shoulder), outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (hamstring), and cornerback Tavon Young (groin).
Suggs is set to surpass Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis for most games played in franchise history. Both Suggs and Lewis have played in 228 games. Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale said it was even more important to have Suggs available for pressure-packed games like Sunday’s. A victory would clinch the AFC North for the Ravens and their first playoff berth since 2014. At age 36, Suggs has not missed a game this season.
“In a situation like the game that we’re going into right now, his calmness, his leadership, his saying the right things, his perfect timing to the players, because you can’t always do it,” Martindale said. “We can’t always do it as coaches. But, when he says something, I think the Matt Judons and the Za’Darius Smiths and everybody else listens.”
Browns CB Denzel Ward Out With Concussion
The Browns will be shorthanded in the secondary without rookie first-round cornerback Denzel Ward, who suffered his second concussion this month in Week 16. Ward was officially ruled out Friday.
Ward had a superb game against the Ravens in Week 5, both on defense and special teams. He cut in front of Ravens tight end Nick Boyle to intercept a Joe Flacco pass that was deflected near the Browns’ goal line, denying Baltimore a scoring opportunity. He also blocked a Justin Tucker field-goal attempt, a key play during a low-scoring game that Cleveland eventually won, 12-9, in overtime.
Browns starting center J.C. Tretter (ankle) is questionable after being a limited participant Friday.