A big question heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers is whether veteran running back Danny Woodhead will play his first game since the season opener.
Woodhead remains on injured reserve because of a hamstring issue, but the Ravens have until 4 p.m. Saturday to move him to the 53-man roster. Even if he gets activated this weekend, Head Coach John Harbaugh said it’s not a guarantee that he will play on Sunday.
“It’s just going to come down to the doctors and trainers making their decision,” Harbaugh said. “We’re ready if he goes, and we’re ready if he doesn’t go.”
This is the first week Woodhead is eligible to return from injured reserve. He has practiced for the last two weeks, and Harbaugh said he “went through most of everything we did.”
Woodhead didn’t give any hints about his status when he talked with reporters this week.
“I’m going to stay in my lane,” he said.
Woodhead would provide a nice boost for the offense that has struggled through the first nine games of the season. He showed how valuable he was on the opening drive of the season when he caught three passes for 33 yards, which all went for first downs.
“You got a little taste of Danny the first week and what he can do,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “He’s also a guy that knows what he’s doing in protection and can give you a lot of things, obviously. We all know he’s a good athlete. He catches the ball out of backfield well and does a lot of those things.”
Stanley Doubtful to Play
The bad news on the injury front is that left tackle Ronnie Stanley is doubtful to play with a concussion.
Stanley was a limited participant in practice all week, indicating that he has not yet cleared all five steps of the NFL’s concussion protocol. He suffered the concussion near the end of the Week 9 matchup with the Titans, Harbaugh said.
Stanley did not talk with reporters this week.
If Stanley is out, then James Hurst would likely move from left guard to left tackle. Luke Bowanko or Jermaine Eluemunor could then slide into the starting guard spot.
The Ravens also signed tackle Andrew Donnal for some depth this week after he was released by the Los Angeles Rams.
*Six Ravens Questionable to Play *
The rest of Baltimore’s roster is the healthiest it has been all season.
The only other major injury concern is cornerback Jimmy Smith, who missed most of the practice week with Achilles tendonitis. He is officially listed as questionable, but he’s been dealing with the issue all season and has still played every game.
The other players questionable to play are tight end Nick Boyle (toe), wide receiver Michael Campanaro (shoulder), safety Chuck Clark (thigh), running back Terrance West (calf) and outside linebacker Tim Williams (thigh). They all missed at least the last game, but they were full participants all week in practice.
Packers Rule Out Four Players
The Packers are dealing with their own injury issues, and that goes beyond the broken collarbone to starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
They ruled out running backs Ty Montgomery (ribs) and Aaron Jones (knee), right tackle Bryan Bulaga (groin) and safety Morgan Burnett (groin). Bulaga and Burnett are both starters.
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks (back), defensive tackle Quinton Dial (chest), cornerback Kevin King (shoulder) and guard Lucas Patrick (back) are all questionable to play.