OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In addition to the surprising revelation that wide receiver Anquan Boldin would miss the remainder of the regular season after undergoing knee surgery, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was in a giving mood as it pertained to injury information on Thursday.
With the Ravens signing veteran Shayne Graham on Wednesday, it wasn’t a major leap to assume he’d be handling kicking duties on Saturday. Billy Cundiff continues to be hampered with a left calf injury that’s kept him out of practice since Dec. 7, and Harbaugh essentially revealed who would be his kicker as the Ravens host the Cleveland Browns.
“We anticipate Shayne being the kicker this week,” Harbaugh said. “Billy [is dealing] with his calf, and Shayne’s had the practice, so even if Billy was ready to go -– which I still think he’s nursing that thing back — he’s still not 100 percent. Shayne got the week of practice, so we’re going to go with Shayne.”
Defensive end Cory Redding missed practice again on Thursday, but the veteran told reporters earlier in the week that he intends to play against the Browns this weekend. Harbaugh’s overall prognosis seemed to be in line with the 31-year-old lineman’s proclamation.
After missing two days of practice last week with the same injured ankle, Redding played in the 34-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers last Sunday.
“I think he’s very similar to last week,” Harbaugh said. “It went to game day last week, so we’ll see where he’s at. But he’s progressing.”
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur has already ruled out quarterback Colt McCoy and wide receiver Jordan Norwood as the two will not make the trip to Baltimore due to concussions.
Cleveland has also placed starting strong safety T.J. Ward on injured reserve with a strained foot. He had missed the Browns’ last six games since injuring the foot against the Houston Texans on Nov. 6.
However, cornerback Joe Haden and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi returned to practice on a limited basis for the Browns on Thursday.
The final injury report of the week will be released on Friday despite there being no media availability the day before Saturday’s game.
OUT: WR Anquan Boldin (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: K Billy Cundiff (left calf), DE Cory Redding
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: QB Colt McCoy (head), WR Jordan Norwood (head), S TJ Ward (foot)
LIMITED: WR Josh Cribbs (groin), CB Joe Haden (thigh), LB Ben Jacobs (head), FB Owen Marecic (head/ankle), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot), T Tony Pashos (ankle), DT Scott Paxson (hand/calf), S Usama Young (shoulder)
FULL: RB Montario Hardesty (calf), G Shawn Lauvao (ankle), DT Brian Schaefering (ankle)