Flacco Set to Play After Full Week of Practice
Quarterback Joe Flacco is set to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
He was a full participant in practice all week after suffering a concussion last Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins, and he told reporters early in the week that he is “ready to go.”
Flacco didn’t experience any concussion-related symptoms all week, and said he “felt pretty normal, pretty quickly.”
In addition to Flacco being healthy, the Ravens will also have their top three receivers on the field for the first time since Week 5 in Oakland.
Mike Wallace missed last week’s game because he didn’t feel safe playing just four days after suffering a concussion, but he said he’s ready to go this week. He is officially listed as questionable to play. Jeremy Maclin has dealt with a shoulder injury this year, but he played against Miami, and Breshad Perriman wasn’t even on the injury report this week.
“We’re starting to get the band back together,” Wallace said. “We’re starting to get our pieces back at the right time.”
M. Williams Looks Set to Return, Boyle a ‘Game-Time Decision’
Tight end Maxx Williams has missed the last two games with an ankle injury that has hindered him throughout the season, but he looks set to return this week.
He was a full participant all week in practice and is officially listed as questionable to play. Williams’ return comes at a critical time, as starting tight end Nick Boyle is questionable to play because of a toe injury.
“I feel good with everything,” Williams said. “It’s always next man up, and they preach that you have to know the whole offense because things can happen at any point in the game.”
Boyle didn’t practice this week, but Head Coach John Harbaugh said that won’t be the deciding factor in whether he plays. The Ravens will make a game-time decision on Boyle’s status based on how he feels Sunday.
Williams has played just three games this year because of the ankle issue. It’s been a difficult start to the season for the former second-round pick, who missed nearly all of last season to undergo major knee surgery.
“I didn’t sit out all last year and get the surgery to not play,” Williams said. “Obviously it’s super frustrating when I got hurt again, but you can’t control it. My mindset is that I’m going to keep going to work every day and when I get a chance again, I’m going to go out there and play as hard as I can like I always do.”
Campanaro, West Ruled Out
Wide receiver Michael Campanaro (shoulder) will miss his second-straight game and running back Terrance West (calf) will miss his fourth-straight game.
Campanaro missed the entire week of practice and West returned Friday as a limited participant.
The Ravens do have enough depth at both positions to make up for their absences. Alex Collins has emerged as the starting running back and the top three receivers are all back in the fold.
Stanley, Jensen Both Limited in Practice
Starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley and center Ryan Jensen are both questionable to play after being limited in practice throughout the week.
They both wore red non-contact jerseys during the portion of practice open to the media. If either of them were to miss the game, it would be a significant blow for the offense. They have started every game this year and both played at a high level.
Pierce Returns to Practice After Dealing with Flu
Defensive tackle Michael Pierce missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of the flu, he told reporters, but he returned Friday as a limited participant and is questionable to play.
Pierce is a critical pierce of Baltimore’s run defense, and the Ravens certainly want him on the field against the Titans’ eighth-ranked rushing offense.
Another injury to note is that rookie outside linebacker Tim Williams (thigh) was a full participant all week and is questionable to play. He has missed the last three games with the injury.
Canady Moved to Active Roster
The Ravens gave their stellar secondary even more depth Friday by moving cornerback Maurice Canady to the active roster.
Last year’s sixth-round pick spent the first eight games on injured reserve with a knee issue, and this was the earliest the Ravens could activate him. The fact that the Ravens used one of their two designated-to-return spots on Canady indicates what they think he can bring to the defense and special teams.
Canady was one of the most impressive players during offseason practices and the early part of training camp. He has a knack for finding the football and can play outside or nickel cornerback.
“He is a very versatile guy,” Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said. “The guy has played nickel for us, he has played corner for us, he has played safety for us. Once we kind of get him back in the groove, I think we can find some places where we can plug him in and move him around.”
The Ravens are deep in the secondary this year, but they could work Canady into the rotation at nickel back along with veteran Lardarius Webb and undrafted rookie Jaylen Hill. He could also make an immediate impact on special teams, as rookie safety Chuck Clark has been ruled out with a thigh injury.
To make room for Canady, the Ravens waived/injured wide receiver Chris Matthews.
Davis Likely to Play for Titans
Wide receiver Corey Davis was a popular mock projection to the Ravens in the weeks leading up to this year’s draft, but the Titans look him at No. 5, long before the Ravens had a chance to get him at No. 16.
Davis has been dealing with a hamstring injury since the second week of the season, but he’s set to make his return this week.
“I want to go out there and play every snap and do whatever I can to help the team out,” Davis said this week. “But that might not be in the head man’s plan. I know I’m going to get a few snaps. I don’t know how many snaps. Just whatever impact I can make on the team, I’m ready to do it.”
The other big injury question for Tennessee is starting tight end Delanie Walker, who is questionable to play with an ankle injury. Linebacker Nate Palmer (ankle) is also questionable and guard Quinton Spain (toe) has been ruled out.