Expanded playing time and even possibly a starting role could await Ravens rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Upshaw's status hinges on the health of starter Paul Kruger, who's dealing with a sore back and is listed as questionable on the injury report. Either way, Upshaw is expected to play a lot.
"As of right now, that's the word," Upshaw said when asked if he expected to play more or start. "I'm a humble dude. If it's more snaps, of course I'm going to love that. I want more snaps.
"I'm always ready and waiting on my turn. If it's my turn this coming game, I've got to prove that once I get that starting position by going out and making plays."
The Ravens' top draft pick recorded four tackles and shared a sack with defensive end Pernell McPhee during his first regular-season game Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"I'm sure that's what the coaches are looking for," said Upshaw, who has gotten down to nearly 270 pounds after reporting at over 280 pounds and initially failing the conditioning test before passing it on the second try. "They're going to give me that opportunity and see what I do with it, see if I shy away from it or just try to run with it."