C.J. Mosley’s availability for the Ravens’ home game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday appears to be in jeopardy after the middle linebacker sat out Friday’s practice.
Although the three-time Pro Bowler was limited in Thursday’s session and earned a questionable tag in the team’s final injury report of the week, he did not practice Wednesday or Friday because of a bone bruise in his left knee that is expected to sideline him for some time.
Coach John Harbaugh did not shed much light on the subject when asked what he learned about Mosley’s status from Thursday’s practice. “The injury report’s coming out,” he said. “It’s a creative way to ask the question though. I appreciate it.”
Nose tackle Michael Pierce missed his third consecutive practice because of a foot ailment, but is also listed as questionable.
Outside linebacker Matthew Judon (hamstring) and left tackle Ronnie Stanley (right elbow) were upgraded from limited to full participation on Friday and are considered questionable.
Defensive tackle Willie Henry (hernia surgery) and a pair of rookies in cornerback Anthony Averett (hamstring) and tight end Hayden Hurst (stress fracture in foot) were ruled out. Running back Alex Collins (illness) and outside linebacker Tim Williams (illness) practiced fully on Friday and were removed from the injury report.
The Broncos listed two starters in inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (knee) and right tackle Jared Veldheer (concussion) as questionable after they practiced on Friday for the first time on a limited basis. Three other starters in quarterback Case Keenum (knee), nose tackle Domata Peko (not injury related) and cornerback Bradley Roby (wrist) participated fully Friday and were removed from the injury report.
No nostalgia for Martindale
Don “Wink” Martindale has enjoyed a long, successful career in college and professional football. One of his stops was with the Broncos, with whom he was the defensive coordinator for the 2010 season.
Sunday will give Martindale, the Ravens defensive coordinator, an opportunity to reacquaint himself with his former employer, but he vowed not to have any “goosies” about the encounter.
“This game always has been and always will be about the players,” he said. “Denver’s a blip on the radar screen. I think there’s one guy left that’s on that roster when I was there [wide receiver Demaryius Thomas]. I’ll be glad to say hello to him. Good guy. But it’s a blip on the radar screen, it really is.”
Harbaugh declined to elaborate on the reasons for promoting undrafted rookie running back De’Lance Turner over another undrafted rookie in Gus Edwards from the practice squad when the team placed Kenneth Dixon (knee) on injured reserve Sept. 12. “There’s no comparison between the two guys,” he said. “Both guys are really good guys, and either one of them could’ve been brought up and could’ve played. We’ll see how De’Lance does. He’s working hard. So is Gus, and so are all of our guys on the practice squad. That’s what those guys are here for. They’re here to be ready to go when called upon and play at the same level that all the other guys are playing. I’m looking forward to seeing De’Lance do that.” … Towson redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his 320-yard, three-touchdown performance in Saturday’s 45-35 upset of No. 10 Villanova. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco grinned when asked about his younger brother’s accomplishment, saying, “That was a big win for those guys against Villanova. I was never able to beat them.”