The Ravens could be without star rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown and linebacker Patrick Onwuasor for the second-straight week, but don’t rule them out just yet.
Earlier this week, Head Coach John Harbaugh said that if reporters saw them practicing as the week goes on then the Ravens would be “confident they can play. If we don’t, then we won’t.” Neither player practiced at all this week because of their lingering ankle injuries.
However, both are listed as questionable on the official injury report. While practicing is usually an indicator that a player’s health is improving, Harbaugh isn’t going to limit possibilities with a “don’t practice, don’t play” rule.
“We don’t like to have that rule, so we’ll just leave that up in the air right now,” Harbaugh said.
Despite missing last week’s game, Brown is still second on the team in receptions (21) and receiving yards (326) and tied for first in touchdowns (three). Onwuasor still leads the Ravens in tackles (30) and was looking even better at weakside linebacker following the arrival of veteran Josh Bynes.
Jimmy Smith Is Doubtful, Two Other Defensive Backs Questionable
Cornerback Jimmy Smith (knee) returned to the practice field this week on a limited basis but is doubtful to play against the Seahawks on Sunday.
If Smith doesn't suit up, he will have the bye week to continue to get back in shape before the Ravens take on the Patriots on Nov. 3.
Ravens cornerbacks Maurice Canady (thigh) and Anthony Averett (ankle) are questionable. Canady didn’t practice all week and Averett was sidelined Thursday and Friday.
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (knee) progressed through the week and was a full practice participant on Friday. He’s listed as questionable to play. Stanley will take on Seahawks pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who is looking to break out from a slow start this season (one sack in six games).
Marcus Peters Will Play ‘A Lot’
Considering all the injuries at cornerback, it’s a very good thing the Ravens got Marcus Peters.
Peters arrived on a flight from Seattle on Wednesday, then immediately drove to the Under Armour Performance Center for a three-hour study session with Ravens coaches.
Peters will have just three practices under his belt, but Harbaugh said he’s ready to go for Sunday’s game.
“He looked good,” Harbaugh said. “As I said, he’s going to play. He’ll probably play a lot. So, we’re looking forward to it. … Hey, we’re going out there with all of our best weapons. We’re not holding anything back. We’re going to try to win the game.”
As a member of the Los Angeles Rams, Peters played against the Seahawks just two weeks ago. He also faced Russell Wilson and Co. twice last season. Thus, he has some familiarity already with what the Seahawks like to do.
It’s more been a week of trying to learn about the Ravens defense, but Peters said it reminds him of the system he was part of for three years in Kansas City.
“I'm a pro, man. Pros, you have to come in, you have to do your job,” Peters said. “The only thing you really have to work on is just the terms and things like that. But I think I've got it down so that I'll be able to play fast and do my thing."
Seahawks Have Some Injury Concerns of Their Own
The Seahawks could be without two starting offensive linemen and one of their top pass rushers.
Left tackle Duane Brown (biceps) did not practice all week. Right guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) was limited Thursday and Friday. Both are listed as questionable.
If they can't go, George Fant and Jamarco Jones would get their second starts of the year. Both started last week against the Cleveland Browns.
Veteran defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is also questionable after practicing for the first time on a limited basis Friday. He has one sack on the year. Starting safety Bradley McDougald (back) also did not practice this week, but is still questionable.
Tight end Will Dissly, one of Wilson’s favorite red-zone targets, suffered an Achilles injury last week and is done for the year.