"With no fans in the stands [no] bands or music playing, you can hear a lot right about now," said Romans when ask if defenses are calling the Ravens' plays.
Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell has been ruled out for Sunday night’s road game against the New England Patriots because of a calf strain, ending a streak of 98 straight starts.
Campbell did not practice this week after injuring his calf on the third play from scrimmage in the team’s 24-10 win Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. The 34-year-old Campbell, acquired this offseason from the Jacksonville Jaguars, hasn’t missed a game since 2014. He leads the Ravens with four sacks this season and has knocked down six passes.
Campbell’s streak was the NFL’s second longest active for defensive ends, according to ESPN, behind only the New Orleans Saints' Cameron Jordan (137).
Defensive linemen Derek Wolfe, Justin Ellis and rookie Justin Madubuike all took on expanded roles with Campbell sidelined. Fellow rookie Broderick Washington and Jihad Ward, both of whom have been inactive the past two games, could also see snaps against a New England rushing offense that ranks fourth in yards per game.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith is doubtful to play after not practicing this week because of an ankle injury.
Coach John Harbaugh on Friday said that Smith has a “low” chance of playing. Smith, who defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale on Thursday said was having a Pro Bowl-worthy season, has yet to miss a game this year.
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“I would not be afraid to play Jimmy if he felt good enough. We’ll just have to see where that’s at,” Harbaugh said in a video conference call.
If Smith is unable to play, newly-signed cornerback Tramon Williams could be pushed into a prominent role in his Ravens debut. Martindale on Thursday said Williams, whom the team signed Tuesday, was “ready to roll” and an addition the team could “plug and play.”
Running back Mark Ingram II (ankle) is questionable. Ingram was a full participant Friday after sitting out Thursday.
Linebackers L.J. Fort (finger) and Matthew Judon (calf) are also questionable.
The Patriots have not ruled out any players but 17 are listed as questionable: defensive backs Stephon Gilmore (knee), Cody Davis (calf), Jonathan Jones (illness), Terrence Brooks (illness) and Kyle Dugger (ankle); kicker Nick Folk (back); defensive linemen Lawrence Guy (shoulder, elbow, knee), Deatrich Wise Jr. (knee, hand) and John Simon (elbow); running back Damien Harris (ankle, chest); wide receiver N’Keal Harry (concussion); tight end Ryan Izzo (hamstring); offensive linemen Shaq Mason (calf), Isaiah Wynn (ankle) and Joe Thuney (ankle); and linebackers Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin) and LB Shilique Calhoun (knee).