OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) held their final open practice of the week Friday morning at 1 Winning Drive before Sunday’s showdown with the New England Patriots (3-1) at Gillette Stadium.
49 of the 53 active Ravens participated in Friday morning’s open session. WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder) and OT Jared Gaither (back) have been ruled out of Sunday’s game; none were participating in practice Friday.
DE Paul Kruger (knee) did not participate in practice during the portion open to the media after returning to practice Thursday. Kruger told reporters he was able to run and participate in individual drills Friday, be he is still “not 100 percent.” Kruger did not appear hopeful that he’d be able to play Sunday, but says his MCL has improved by “leaps and bounds” and he remains “day to day.” On the final Injury Report Friday, Kruger was listed as doubtful for Sunday.
DT Haloti Ngata (knee) was in full uniform Friday after practicing in shorts Thursday, Ngata told reporters “I feel like I’ll be ready to go” Sunday. Ngata and CB Josh Wilson (hamstring) were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game on the final injury report.
RB Ray Rice (knee) and FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder/knee) appeared to be in “no contact” mode Thursday, but both were able to take contact Friday. They’re both probable to play Sunday, as well as LB Edgar Jones (thigh), LB Jameel McClain (knee) and S Ken Hamlin (ankle).
Head Coach John Harbaugh was frustrated by questions about Ngata, Kruger and Wilson (hamstring), offering “no comment” and “I’m not going to talk about that” when asked about those players by reporters.
On their final injury report for the week, the Patriots officially ruled out RB Fred Taylor (toe). S James Sanders (hamstring) was listed as questionable, while QB Tom Brady (shoulder) and CB Terrence Wheatley were each listed as probable to play.
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Kruger and LB Jameel McClain NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Bill Levy’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game against the Pats in Foxborough……Weather.com/The Weather Channel predicted Friday that the weather would be 61 degrees and sunny in Massachusetts Sunday……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday morning before traveling to New England Saturday night. The walkthrough is not open to the media