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Seven Ravens questionable vs. Titans, but team’s health is on the upswing

Five Ravens starters, including Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey, are questionable for Sunday’s wild-card-round game against the Tennessee Titans.

Center Patrick Mekari (back), right tackle D.J. Fluker (knee), wide receiver Willie Snead IV and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (thigh) were also listed on the injury report Friday. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (ribs/shoulder), who has five starts in 11 games this season, and reserve guard Ben Bredeson (knee) are questionable as well.

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Mekari, Snead and Ngakoue all sat out the Ravens’ regular-season finale but returned to practice this week, with Mekari and Ngakoue full participants Friday. Humphrey (shoulder) was also considered full-go. Smith, meanwhile, hasn’t played since Week 14 and was limited in practice every day this week.

With Fluker limited Friday, his first practice this week, the Ravens could turn to rookie Tyre Phillips. Bredeson, who’s played frequently as a sixth offensive lineman the past two weeks, was limited Friday after two full practices. Defensive end Derek Wolfe (noninjury-related) was the only Raven to miss the session.

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“I feel good about our health at this time,” coach John Harbaugh said Friday. “We’re probably the healthiest we’ve been in a long time this season. So I feel good about it. Guys are in a good place, and we just need to go play.”

Punter Sam Koch is expected to be available Sunday despite not practicing this week. He has been sidelined for the past week and a half, including Week 17, after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

No Titans were listed on the status report for Sunday’s game. Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown (knee/hand) missed practice Thursday and Friday but was insistent that he’d play Sunday. “As long as I have breath in my body, I’m going to play,” Brown told reporters.

Three offensive line starters — left guard Rodger Saffold (ankle), center Ben Jones (hamstring) and right tackle Dennis Kelly (knee) — were limited in practice Friday. Saffold and Kelly both missed Wednesday and Thursday’s workouts, though Saffold has also vowed to play Sunday.

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