Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (right knee) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (thigh) are active and expected to start for the Ravens in Sunday's AFC Wildcard game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Both Suggs and Ngata practiced Friday after sitting out Wednesday's and Thursday's sessions. Although they were listed as questionable, Suggs and Ngata were slated to start.
Three players who were also questionable – free safety Ed Reed (ribs), cornerback Josh Wilson (head) and Dannell Ellerbe (head) – are also expected to play. Reed is additionally dealing with personal tragedy as authorities in Louisiana have not been able to locate his younger brother after Brian Reed jumped into the Mississippi River Friday morning to elude police.
Wide receiver Derrick Mason (ankle), inside linebacker Jameel McClain (back), left tackle Michael Oher (sprained right knee/ankle) and center Matt Birk (left knee) are active, too.Despite optimism that David Reed could play, the team deactivated the rookie kick returner/wide receiver. Reed practiced fully last week and was listed as probable, but he has been forced to wear a hard brace to protect a torn ligament in his left wrist, and he acknowldeged that the brace made it difficult for him to hold the football in his left hand.
Jalen Parmele will likely be the team's primary kick returner.
The Ravens also scratched a pair of injured players in free safety Tom Zbikowski and linebacker Tavares Gooden. Both Zbikowski (bulging disk in his back) and Gooden (dislocated left shoulder) had practiced on a limited basis and were questionable.
The team deactivated tight ends Davon Drew and rookie Dennis Pitta, defensive tackles Lamar Divens and rookie Arthur Jones and fullback Jason McKie.
The Chiefs deactivated wide receiver Chris Chambers, who started seven games opposite Pro Bowler Dwayne Bowe. Chambers, who was not listed on the team's injury report, had caught just 22 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown.
Rookie Dexter McCluster, who has caught 21 passes for 209 yards and a score, and Terrance Copper, who has caught 18 passes for 157 yards, will likely fill in for Chambers.
Kansas City also scratched wide receiver Quinten Lawrence (illness), fullback Mike Cox, safety Reshard Langford, linebacker Charlie Anderson, center Rudy Niswanger and defensive tackle Anthony Toribio. Tyler Palko is the third (emergency) quarterback.