Wednesday’s practice was a chance for new Ravens defensive linemen Domata Peko and Justin Ellis to get acclimated. Both were signed this week as Baltimore prepares to host the Houston Texans on Sunday. Peko and Ellis could both see action this weekend, with defensive tackle Michael Pierce dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice.
After playing 11 of his 13 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Peko admitted it felt strange wearing the colors of another AFC North team.
“I’m super-excited to be here in Baltimore, to make a run,” Peko said. “That’s why I’m here, to help the defense out. As a 14-year vet, a nose man, I feel like I can come right in, do my job, do my part to help us win.
Other than Pierce, the Ravens are relatively healthy heading into Sunday’s game. Wide receivers Marquise Brown (ankle) and Chris Moore (thumb) practiced on a limited basis. Other Ravens who sat out Wednesday’s practice were cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith and running back Mark Ingram II, all for non-injury reasons. Safety Earl Thomas III (non-injury/knee) also did not practice.
Texans in Better Health Coming Off Bye Week
Having a bye last week helped the Texans get healthier.
Everyone on their 53-man roster attended Wednesday’s practice, although six players were listed as limited: left tackle Laremy Tunsil (shoulder), linebacker Dylan Cole (knee), wide receiver Will Fuller IV (hamstring), safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. (back/wrist), offensive lineman Tytus Howard (knee) and cornerback Bradley Roby (hamstring).
Tunsil was sidelined for the team’s Week 9 game against the Jaguars but had the bye to get healthier. Fuller hasn’t played since Week 7, but the big-play speedster could return this week.