The Baltimore Ravens are preparing to come back from their bye week and show more consistency on both sides of the football, but in regards to the NFL, the Ravens are going to be more consistent in their injury reporting. You may be asking yourself huh? Well the NFL fined Baltimore last week $20,000 for not reporting Ed Reed's injuries on the injury report, even though he was always a full participant in practice and did not miss any playing time.
Enter a perturbed John Harbaugh…the Head Coach of the Ravens in now reporting anyone with a hang-nail, as he has 15 players listed on the injury report, by far the most for a week this season. The 15-man Ravens injury report included 11 that were full participants, and thus have no worries of being available for Sunday's division rival matchup against the Cleveland Browns:
- Full Participants – CB Chykie Brown (ankle), ILB Dannell Ellerbe (hand), SS James Ihedigbo (hand), NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), T Bryant McKinnie (thigh), T Michael Oher (ankle), G/T Kelechi Osemele (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (chest), OLB Terrell Suggs (ankle), G/T Marshal Yanda (shoulder), and of course S Ed Reed (shoulder/chest).
- Limited Participants – WR/RS Jacoby Jones (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), and CB Jimmy Smith.
- Did not practice – DE Pernell McPhee (thigh).
Of the limited and did not practice participants, only McPhee's status is uncertain for Sunday. Cleveland is already working on beating Baltimore as they listed 18 on their injury report. Coach Harbaugh did not hide his annoyance of the fine the NFL placed on Baltimore last week as he stated Monday on the Ravens official website:
"Yeah, there's not going to be anybody that's not going to be on there. It's something that we felt we were doing the right way. Obviously they (the NFL) disagreed so we'll adjust. We'll try to do a better job in the future."
The Baltimore Ravens, despite their big injury report are coming into week nine pretty darn healthy with the players they have active (Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb not active) and hope to pick up their sixth victory of the season and remain atop the AFC North.
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