Kruger, McPhee say they'll play Sunday, listed as questionable
By By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 14, 2012 | 12:21 PM
The Ravens had their full team on the practice field today in preparation for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
That included the return of linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive end Pernell McPhee. Kruger (back) and McPhee (knee) did not practice the previous two days. However, both have vowed to play Sunday as the Ravens look to go to 2-0.
UPDATE: McPhee is wearing a knee brace, but said he's feeling better and reiterated that he'll start against the Eagles.
"Yeah, I feel real good," McPhee said. "No problem."
Kruger indicated that his back problem, which is muscle-related and affected him for nearly the entire game against the Cincinnati Bengals, is loosening up.
Unless his back tightens up before kickoff, he's expected to start. If he can't go, rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw would take his place in the starting lineup.
"Yeah, I feel more loose," Kruger said. "Things are looking good. I wasn't able to really move at all Monday, but it's getting better now."
Kruger and McPhee are both listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week.
Safety Ed Reed, who said that he strained his hamstring in the Ravens' 44-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, was also on the field. He's been a limited participant the previous two days, but he's expected to play Sunday.
Reed is listed as probable along with center Matt Birk (thigh).
Safety Colt Anderson (knee), wide receiver Jason Avant (wrist) and safety Kurt Coleman, who suffered facial lacerations when he got his helmet knocked off when plowed over by Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, are all probable.