OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens coach John Harbaugh set the tone for the week’s final injury report on Friday afternoon before seven players were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, including linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb.
In addition to Lewis and Webb, kicker Billy Cundiff, defensive end Cory Redding, cornerback Chris Carr, guard Ben Grubbs, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were also listed as questionable.
“You really don’t know for sure,” said Harbaugh, who was in no mood to discuss specific players after Friday’s practice. “It depends on how guys improve, how it responds to practice, how they feel the day of the game. It’s just the reality of it. Why sit up here and try to speculate? We’ll know Sunday night.”
Despite being designated as questionable, Lewis is expected to make his much-awaited return after being sidelined four games with a turf toe injury. The 36-year-old veteran practiced on a limited basis all week without any setbacks.
Of the seven players listed as questionable, Webb is the only one considered to be in real danger of missing Sunday’s game after the starting corner suffered a left toe injury in the Ravens’ 24-10 win over Indianapolis last Sunday. Webb did not practice all week despite expressing some hope that he’d be able to play.
Cundiff also failed to practice all week, but the kicker is still expected to handle field goal duties. Punter Sam Koch could handle kickoff duties as he did in the second half of last Sunday’s game to alleviate some pressure on Cundiff’s injured left calf.
After missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Redding returned to practice on a limited basis. The defensive end said the extra rest provided much relief to his sore ankle and emphatically declared himself ready to play against the Chargers.
“I’m playing,” Redding said. “It’s Week , nobody’s 100 percent. We’re fighting for something over here. I’m playing.”
After being sidelined for the team’s last three games, the Ravens also expect to have Carr’s services in the secondary. The veteran defensive back also shed some light on the nature of the back injury that had sidelined him for a few weeks.
“[The back] feels good. It’s been a frustrating year, injuries-wise, especially when you’ve never had to deal with them before,” said Carr, who said he will be ready to return punts if called upon in Webb’s potential absence. “It’s been trying, but you just feel good being out there practicing and for my back to hold up. Having a bulging disc hurts pretty badly, so it held up well, so I’m pretty fortunate right now.”
Grubbs and Ngata practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday and are not considered to be in any danger of missing Sunday’s game.
QUESTIONABLE: CB Chris Carr (back), K Billy Cundiff (L calf), G Ben Grubbs (toe), LB Ray Lewis (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (back), DT Cory Redding (ankle), CB Lardarius Webb (toe)
PROBABLE: RB Anthony Allen (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: C Colin Baxter (ankle), LB Donald Butler (foot), DE Jacques Cesaire (ankle), LB Takeo Spikes (back)
PROBABLE: S Darrell Stuckey (groin)