Who's Playing, Who's Not vs. Raiders


Baltimore is primed to get two key injured players back, but will be without its starting left tackle Sunday against the Raiders.

Here's a look at the final injury report and what it means for the Ravens.

Monroe, Perriman Ruled Out

Starting left tackle Eugene Monroe did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

Monroe suffered a concussion on the first drive of the season in Denver. Second-year offensive tackle James Hurst stepped in for the remainder of the game.

Hurst, who started seven games last year, is in line to once again be the starter with Monroe out. He'll have a tough test against Oakland defensive ends Justin Tuck, Khalil Mack and Aldon Smith.

The Ravens need to do a better job of protecting quarterback Joe Flacco after he was hit nine times and sacked twice last weekend. The Broncos' pressure threw the Ravens offense off track.

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) was also ruled out. He hasn't practiced since the first day of training camp.

Jernigan Ready To Return

It appears that defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will make his 2015 regular-season debut in Oakland.

Jernigan was limited in practice Wednesday, but a full participant Thursday and Friday. He's listed as probable to play.

The man tasked with the job of replacing traded Haloti Ngata missed the season opener because of a knee injury suffered in the third preseason game.

Jernigan flashed his enormous potential as both a run stopper and pass rusher throughout training camp and should boost Baltimore's front line, which was already stingy last week in Denver.

Taliaferro Gives Ravens Full RB Corps

The Ravens' running back corps should have its full arsenal on Sunday, which should help get the group off to a better start than last week.

Backup Lorenzo Taliaferro was a full practice participant throughout the week and is listed as probable to play.

The 6-foot-0, 225-pound Taliaferro gives the Ravens a big-bodied, aggressive runner between the tackles and a good short-yardage option. He would likely split backup duties with rookie Javorius Allen, who ran well in his debut.

Taliaferro had a strong preseason debut against New Orleans, rushing 12 times for 36 yards and a touchdown. Taliaferro averaged 4.3 yards per carry last season.

Babin Ready To Play

After three days of practice, Head Coach John Harbaugh said newly-signed outside linebacker Jason Babin is ready to play Sunday.

"He's a veteran player," Harbaugh said. "His whole thing is just making sure he knows where to line up. He has been in defenses. [He is] a really smart guy. I'm very confident that he can line up and play good football."

Babin was released by the New York Jets at the end of the preseason and looked at it as an early bye. He's in football shape, Harbaugh said.

CB Melvin, WR Waller Both Questionable

Reserve cornerback Rashaan Melvin was limited in practice this week and is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Melvin sat out the season opener due to a lingering thigh issue that bothered him during training camp.

Without Melvin for the opener, the Ravens activated rookie fourth-round draft pick Tray Walker, although he didn't see any action. Melvin would likely be the Ravens' fourth cornerback on the gameday roster, adding more depth to an impressive unit.

Rookie wide receiver Darren Waller appeared on the injury report for the first time Friday with an ankle injury. He's questionable to play.

Waller didn't have a big offensive role in his rookie debut last week.

Raiders Ailing With Injuries

Oakland got banged up in Week 1, and it's lingering into the matchup with the Ravens.

The Raiders secondary seems especially susceptible as both of their starting safeties are hurt. Nate Allen suffered a season-ending knee injury and was placed on injured reserve. Veteran Charles Woodson hurt his shoulder and is listed as questionable to play against the Ravens.

That means reserves Larry Asante and Taylor Mays could be suiting up against Baltimore. It could also spell more opportunities for the Ravens to go deep.

Oakland also ruled out starting nose tackle Justin Ellis (ankle), reserve defensive end Benson Mayowa (knee) and reserve fullback Jamize Olawale (ankle).

Quarterback Derek Carr (hand) is probable to play, as expected. If he can't go, or has more pain in his throwing hand, Matt McGloin would be next up.

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