Ravens wide receiver Chris Moore (shoulder/hip) did not practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday’s playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Moore is the Ravens’ kickoff returner in addition to playing wide receiver.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said he expects Moore to play, but that wide receiver Willie Snead IV and running back Ty Montgomery will be available to return kicks if Moore cannot.
“He has to deal with a muscle issue, so we’ll see where he’s at,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll be fine. We have guys ready to go. I think Chris will be out there; I’d be surprised if he wasn’t. But just in case, we have guys ready to roll.”
Ravens nickel cornerback Tavon Young (groin) is questionable, but he practiced on a limited basis Friday after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday. He has been missing some practice for weeks now and still playing in games. Young scored the game-clinching touchdown Week 16 against the Chargers, recovering a fumble forced by inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor and returning it 62 yards for the score.
Ravens right guard Alex Lewis (shoulder) is questionable but was a full participant Friday.
The Chargers are dealing with more injury concerns than the Ravens. Starting outside linebacker Jatavis Brown (ankle) is out for Los Angeles and will miss just his second game of the season. Brown has 79 tackles and 3 ½ sacks this season, and he had eight tackles Week 16 against the Ravens.
Starting nose tackle Brandon Mebane did not practice all week for non-injury reasons and is listed as doubtful. Both he and Brown are big parts of the Chargers’ run defense.
Running back Austin Ekeler (groin) is questionable after practicing on a limited basis. Ekeler (554 yards) is the Chargers’ second-leading rusher this season behind Melvin Gordon (885 yards). Gordon was a full participant all week and will play, but he’s also dealing with an ankle injury.
Chargers tight end Hunter Henry had not been added to the active roster as of Friday afternoon, but he could still play Sunday after missing the entire season recovering from a torn ACL. Henry began practicing last month and the Chargers have until Jan. 7 to activate Henry or place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
The Ravens have been preparing for Henry’s possible return, knowing he could be an effective receiver in passing situations. Henry had 45 receptions for 579 yards and four touchdowns last season. But even if he’s ready to play, he may not be at full strength yet in his first game back.
“He hasn’t been on the football field since April,” Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday. “The expectations wouldn’t be real high, to be honest with you.”