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


The Ravens will once again be banged up heading into a game with several players' status still up in the air as of Friday.

Baltimore will have decisions to make before Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff against the Seahawks.

Starting Quarterback Unknown

The Ravens don't know who their starting quarterback will be Sunday.

Matt Schaub, who has replaced Joe Flacco for the past two games, did not practice at all throughout the week and is listed as questionable.

Schaub's lack of practice isn't too surprising considering Head Coach John Harbaugh said the veteran would be rested and didn't need the practice reps. Harbaugh indicated that Schaub would play if healthy enough to do so.

But that is still a question that Harbaugh said on Friday that the Ravens "really don't know yet."

The Ravens have prepared for Jimmy Clausen to make the start.

On Friday, Harbaugh wasn't giving away who would be under center.

"There's really no reason to," Harbaugh said. "I don't think it matters to the Seahawks. They don't care. They're going to play against our offense. That's what they're getting ready for. That's not going to matter to them."

Schaub has worked out since getting beat up in the Miami game, in which he took a hard hit to the head, as well as shots to the shoulder and knee. Schaub has been listed with a chest injury.

"Matt is getting better. He threw yesterday – threw well yesterday – on his own," Harbaugh said. "There's no sense in putting him out here in practice where he can get banged and bumped around. But, if he can go, he will. If it's best for our team for Jimmy to go, then that's the way we'll do it there."

Ravens Thin At Tight End

The Ravens will likely be relying on second-round rookie tight end Maxx Williams to carry the load on Sunday.

Starting tight end Crockett Gillmore (back) is doubtful to play after not practicing all week. Fellow rookie Nick Boyle has been suspended for the final four games.

That means Williams, who missed last week's game due to a concussion, is expected to be the starter. He'll likely be joined by Konrad Reuland and Richard Gordon, who were both added to the 53-man roster this week.

Williams opened the week in a red non-contact jersey, but was cleared by doctors on Thursday and is listed as probable. He said it was his first concussion.

"I kind of expect him to play unless something pops up, but he passed yesterday," Harbaugh said.

Williams has missed two games this season as he's dealt with multiple injuries. He's caught 19 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown in 10 games and two starts.

"I'm going to keep doing what I can do. I'm going to keep trying to get better as best I can," Williams said. "Crockett is one of the toughest dudes I know, so I know he's going to be doing the same thing I am."

Monroe Ruled Out; Headed To IR?

Left tackle Eugene Monroe has been ruled out and will miss his third straight game with a left shoulder injury.

On Friday, Harbaugh said a decision has been made on whether Monroe will go on injured reserve.

"Yes, he's not going to play this week," Harbaugh said.

"Any other announcements beyond that, season-wise, a decision has been made, but I don't think it's really for me to announce it at this time. We'll let Eugene or [General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] announce what the plans are with that."

That means James Hurst is expected to once again start at left tackle against Seattle's fearsome pass rushers of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who each have 7.5 sacks.

In good news, right tackle Rick Wagner is listed as probable to play after missing Wednesday's practice with an injured ankle.

"I just got a little dinged up in the game and needed an extra day to recover, but I think everything will be fine for this week," Wagner said. "It was a rough game and just need a little more time."

CB Smith Added, WR Brown Still Ailing

Cornerback Jimmy Smith was added to the injury report on Friday with a knee injury but is listed as probable to play. Smith hasn't missed a game this season after coming back from season-ending Lisfranc surgery.

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams progressed throughout the week with his shoulder injury and is probable. He hasn't missed a game this season either.

Wide receiver Marlon Brown continues to struggle with a back injury and is doubtful. The Ravens could give practice squad receiver Chris Matthews a promotion.

Seahawks Pass Rushers Playing

While Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) has been ruled out, the Seahawks will have their top two pass rushers.

Avril and Bennett both returned to full participation Friday after two days of rest and are listed as probable.

The Seahawks ruled out defensive tackle Jordan Hill (toe) and Demarcus Dobbs (concussion).

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