Canty's Ankle 'Not Anything'
Defensive end Chris Canty sat out practice throughout the week and is listed as questionable to play Sunday against the Texans.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said the veteran defensive lineman, who has had four tackles in each of the past two games, made progress throughout the week. Harbaugh was asked whether he would call Canty a game-time decision.
"I wouldn't call it anything," he said.
Canty told reporters earlier in the week that he expects to play. Not having him would be a big blow to Baltimore's defense as it faces a tough challenge against Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster and the Texans' fifth-ranked rushing attack.
Canty has 30 tackles, a half-sack and one forced fumble this season. The veteran has started every game he's played in this year.
Canty battled an ankle injury earlier this year, then missed four games due to wrist surgery to remove an infection.
T. Smith, Forsett Feeling Good
Much has been made of the 17 Ravens on injured reserve, but at least the ones still on the active roster are getting healthier.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith and running back Justin Forsett have been nursing knee injuries the past two weeks. Neither were even listed on the injury report this week, indicating that they were healthy, full participants.
Smith has had a limited role the past two weeks. He was not targeted with a pass and played just 15 snaps in Miami. He played 52 of the 64 offensive snaps against Jacksonville, but caught just two passes for 16 yards and had a drop on a sliding attempt deep down the field.
"I'm good," Smith said. "I can't complain anyway, I'm walking. We have guys out here tearing knees up. I can run, I can run very fast and I'm feeling way better."
Forsett also wasn't his usual self last week against the Jags, as he rushed 16 times for 48 yards, just 3 yards per carry.
"This is the best I've felt in the last couple weeks," Forsett said. "No pain, no anything with the knee. I'm ready to go."
Cason Caught Up, Feels He Can Play
Cornerback Antoine Cason was scratched from last Sunday's game after being signed early in the week.
He could suit up for the first time in purple and black against the Texans.
Cason sat out last week because he wasn't quite ready mentally. Learning the Ravens' defensive calls was like learning a new language. He feels he's ready now, however.
"I'm very, very good with what's going on here," Cason said. "I'm much better than last week."
Cason was asked whether he feels he could probably contribute on defense.
"There is no probably about it," he said. "I feel really good about it."
The Ravens could use the veteran considering they sent Asa Jackson (knee) and safety Terrence Brooks (knee) to injured reserve this week.
Cornerback Anthony Levine, who was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, was a full participant on Friday and is probable to play.
Texans WR Hopkins Questionable
The Ravens' banged-up secondary could catch a huge break on Sunday.
The Texans' top wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, is listed as questionable due to an ankle injury. He did not practice at all throughout the week.
Hopkins is tied with Texans Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson with 69 catches, but Hopkins has been more explosive. He has 1,167 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Hopkins averages 16.9 yards per catch compared to 10.7 yards for Johnson.
Hopkins hasn't missed a game yet this season. On Sunday, Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien said he'll be a game-time decision.
The Texans also ruled out four players.
The Ravens already knew quarterback Tom Savage wasn't going to play this Sunday because of a knee injury. On Friday, the Texans also ruled out starting tight end Garrett Graham, backup guard Xavier Su'a-Filo and reserve linebacker Mike Mohamed.
Graham has 18 receptions for 197 yards and one touchdown this season. The tight end isn't featured nearly as much in the Texans offense as it was under former Head Coach and Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak.