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Ravens injury updates: Sam Koch expected to return vs. Titans; Harbaugh ‘hopeful’ Willie Snead IV can play

"When you trust one another, look what the other guy can do," Harbaugh said. "Look what they can do,' and they've done it."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he is “hopeful” that wide receiver Willie Snead IV can return for the team’s wild-card-round game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday after missing the team’s regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals with an ankle injury.

Snead, who has 33 catches for 432 yards and three touchdowns this season, injured his ankle in the team’s Week 16 win over the New York Giants. Snead, who has played in 13 games this season, did not practice last week.

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“I think Willie’s a good option,” Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference. “It’s not a given. I got the report today, it’s not a given. But I’m hopeful for Willie to be back.”

Punter Sam Koch, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Wednesday, “should be available,” Harbaugh said. Koch had played in every Ravens game since the team drafted him in 2006, a franchise-record streak of 239 games, before sitting out the team’s 38-3 win over the Bengals. Johnny Townsend, whom the team signed off the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad, filled in for Koch and punted twice with an average of 50 yards. He also handled holding duties on field goals and extra points.

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“When [Koch] comes back to practice and all that, I haven’t really looked at it today,” Harbaugh said. “He may not practice for a few days this week, but he’s really not going to need to be at practice to punt in a game. If things go according to plan, I expect him to be out there punting. If not, we’ve got Johnny and Johnny did a real good job.”

Harbaugh said after the team’s win over the Bengals that cornerback Jimmy Smith and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who missed the game with injuries, have a “good chance” to return for the team’s playoff game. Smith, who has been held out of five games with several injuries this season, has not played since the first half of Week 14. Ngakoue missed his first game of the season with a thigh injury.

Backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has been on injured reserve for a month with a hamstring injury, has “done a good job with the rehab” and is “in a good place,” Harbaugh said. Harbaugh declined to say whether Griffin would return to practice ahead of Sunday’s game. Quarterback Trace McSorley, placed on IR on Dec. 15 with a knee injury, is eligible to return to practice this week.

The Ravens have elevated undrafted rookie Tyler Huntley from the practice squad to the game-day roster to back up Lamar Jackson for the last three games. The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association agreed to unlimited practice-squad elevations without a player having to clear waivers during the 2020 postseason.

“A lot of that stuff is roster decisions too, and that’ll be up to [general manager] Eric [DeCosta] and the front office,” Harbaugh said of Griffin’s possible return. “We’re trying to make the best decision for our roster going forward and we’ll see how it plays out.”

Wild-card round

RAVENS@TITANS

Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV: Chs. 2, 7, ESPN

Radio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM

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