It appears the Ravens will be without at least two starting offensive linemen, their top wide receiver, two of their top linebackers and their kick returner when they face the Giants in New York on Sunday.
Friday's final injury report presented the sobering reality for the beat-up Ravens as pass rusher Elvis Dumervil (foot) was ruled out for Sunday's game, and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot), right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring) and kick returner Devin Hester Sr. (thigh) are all doubtful to play.
"We'll just see who can play on Sunday and we'll play with the guys who are ready to go," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "The guys who are healthy enough to play will play. That's how it always is really. We haven't decided anything. I haven't talked to [head athletic trainer Mark Smith] yet as far as that. I don't have any announcements ever to make on that."
Dumervil, Smith, Yanda and Mosley didn't practice all week, and thus aren't expected to play. However, the Ravens opted to rule out only Dumervil. The veteran strong-side linebacker missed the first three games after a slow recovery from offseason foot surgery before returning against the Oakland Raiders in Week Four. He made little impact in the past two games and did not look close to 100 percent.
"It's a concern. I thought he'd be back at the beginning of the season, so it's a concern in that sense," Harbaugh said. "I've not been told that he's out for the year or anything like that. We're definitely hoping to get him back sooner rather than later. When that will be, I'm hoping it will be sooner. We'll see. It's a strength issue in his foot and his ankle. It's got to be right. He went out there last week and that explosiveness really wasn't there. He wasn't really able to get into a tackle and push like he needs to. We re-examined it and found that the strength is probably not quite where it needs to be."
Stanley returned to practice the past two days, but his progress has been slow, and it appears he'll miss his third consecutive game. Hester left Wednesday's practice early and hasn't been on the field since.
The Ravens also listed wide receiver Mike Wallace (chest), right tackle Rick Wagner (thigh), linebacker Albert McClellan (calf) and defensive backs Shareece Wright (back) and Kendrick Lewis (thigh) as questionable. Wagner and Lewis both returned to practice Friday on a limited basis.
With Smith likely out, Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken and rookie Chris Moore will see an increase in snaps opposite Wallace. Assuming Wagner plays and Yanda and Stanley don't, the Ravens' offensive line will likely include Alex Lewis and Wagner at the tackle spots, John Urschel and Ryan Jensen at guard and Jeremy Zuttah at center.
Rookie Matthew Judon will likely get an increased role with Dumervil out, and the Ravens can replace Mosley by using McClellan inside more and relying on hybrid safety Anthony Levine. Moore, safety Lardarius Webb and rookie running back Kenneth Dixon seem to be the best bet to handle return duties.
The Ravens could also promote a player or two Saturday from their practice squad to give them extra healthy bodies. Inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor, a rookie out of Portland State, is a prime candidate.
Correa in line for duty
A week after linebacker Kamalei Correa was inactive for the first time in his career, Harbaugh said the rookie second-round pick will play Sunday and occupy a key role on special teams.
"His main focus right now is special teams," Harbaugh said. "That's the thing he's really worked on. He struggled early. The second game, I think it was, he came back and played well. The third game he didn't play well. Up and down. He sat after that. Now, he's going to get back and have a chance to play on special teams this week."
Correa has had a difficult go of it in his transition to the NFL. However, both defensive coordinator Dean Pees and Harbaugh have praised him for his effort in practice this week.
"He's very determined," Harbaugh said. "That's really what it boils down to. You have an opportunity, you have to go out there and do something with it to create for yourself the next opportunity. That's what he has to do. If I was to specify on special teams, I think the coverage part of it is important. We want to see a guy go down there and make some tackles and be a factor."
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Dixon eager to do more
Dixon offered a mixed review for his debut in last Sunday's loss. The fourth-round pick, who missed the first four games due to a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, was happy to absorb several tackles and come away unscathed while rushing the ball three times for -1 yard and catching one pass for six yards. But he acknowledged that he was looking for more than just four offensive snaps.
"I don't feel too good about it," Dixon said. "I got in there and did what I was asked to do. Hopefully, my workload can increase this weekend, and I can get out there and do some special things."
Harbaugh said earlier this week that he wanted to get Dixon more involved in the offense.
Harbaugh said that offensive lineman Billy Turner, whom the Ravens claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, will not be ready to play in time for Sunday's game. Turner is still learning the team's offense. "It is what it is," Turner said. "I don't think it's going to be an entire playbook thing. I think it's going to go game plan to game plan, and I'll catch up as we go." … The Ravens hosted Jack Kirkbride, a 5-year-old who has leukemia, at Friday's practice. Following practice, Kirkbride took a handoff from his favorite player, Joe Flacco, and ran into the end zone as the Ravens' offensive players followed behind him to celebrate. "That puts things in perspective quite nicely," Harbaugh said. … The Giants ruled out safeties Nat Berhe (concussion) and Darian Thompson (foot), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf).
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