Jeremy Zuttah and Elvis Dumervil could be game-day decisions for Ravens

The Ravens have had the same seven inactive players for their first two games, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh's staff has some decisions to make ahead of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who said Thursday that he hoped to make his debut against the Jaguars after recovering from offseason foot surgery, missed practice Friday after working on a limited basis the previous two days. He was listed as questionable and it appears the veteran will be a game-time decision.


"He's worked really hard. He's put a lot of time in. It's just a matter of when you get to that point, you decide whether it's going to give you the best chance to win or not based on where he's at physically," Harbaugh said. "We know what kind of player he is and what he's capable of. That's a decision that will have to be made."

There's also some ambiguity with the status of starting center Jeremy Zuttah, who didn't practice Friday for "non-injury" reasons. He has played through myriad physical issues over the past couple of seasons, and he's recently been bothered with a sore shoulder, according to a source.

Elvis Dumervil missed another practice, putting his projected debut Sunday in jeopardy.

Zuttah, 30, has gotten periodic days off from practice since training camp, but his absence from a walk-through two days before a game, along with his struggles over the previous two weeks, spurred some questions. Asked why Zuttah wasn't practicing, Harbaugh said, "That would be a good question for Jeremy. There's no injury there as you saw on the injury report. Jeremy's fine."

If Zuttah didn't play or the Ravens just decide to make a change at the position, either John Urschel or Ryan Jensen would be his replacement.

The Ravens rookie combination on the left side of the offensive line received endorsements from a pair of former Ravens linemen. 

Urschel, once the projected starter at left guard, has been inactive for the first two weeks, joining running backs Buck Allen and Kenneth Dixon, Dumervil, defensive tackle Willie Henry, and cornerbacks Jerraud Powers and Will Davis as game-day scratches. Dixon, who is recovering from a torn MCL in his left knee, was declared out for Sunday's game while Urschel (shoulder) and rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) joined Dumervil as questionable. Stanley is expected to play.

"They've been difficult," Harbaugh said of the pregame decisions. "It's not so much about who deserves it all the time, as much as what's the best number fit for us, and what do we need from different guys and different situations. Buck Allen and I have a little thing going right now. I tell him, 'You should be staring holes through me every single time.' I'd say the same thing about Will and all those guys. … It's like that song, 'Put me in coach, I'm ready to play.' That's what you expect from those guys. I expect them to practice really well and prove it every single day in practice as well. Their chance will come on."

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