OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (7-3) held their final open practice of the week Friday before Sunday’s showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.
DE Cory Redding (arm) returned to the practice field Friday, he had missed both Wednesday and Thursday. His return makes him a more likely candidate to play Sunday when the Ravens face the Bucs. Head Coach John Harbaugh said the team would “see on Sunday” on Redding’s elbow felt to make a final determination.
Redding said Friday he “felt good” in practice, adding “I’m making progress to Sunday.” Redding would not commit to being available for Sunday’s game, but said he had “pushed (DT) Haloti (Ngata) around” in practice, which he felt was a good gauge about how much strength he has in his arm.
Should Redding not be able to start or play Sunday, DE Paul Kruger would be a likely candidate to start in his place. Redding was listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report.
OL Chris Chester (illness) was the only Ravens player missing from the practice field Friday, he is also questionable for Sunday’s game. Harbaugh reiterated Friday that Chester could play without practicing this week, Chester admitted he felt “more than capable” of being able to play.
S Tom Zbikowski practiced again Friday, he is also questionable but expected to be available Sunday for the first time since suffering a foot injury in the team’s Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Neither Harbaugh nor Zbikowski would confirm Zbikowski’s availability Sunday. Zbikowski admitted his foot was “not 100%”, but also claimed “I’m dying to get back out there.”
Zbikowski said his apprehension was not because he was feeling much pain.
“(It’s) not too bad” said the third year safety out of Notre Dame. “Mentally I’ve still got a little fear.”
TE Ed Dickson (thigh) was also listed as questionable for Sunday, S Ed Reed (illness) was listed as probable after saying Friday he felt “much better.”
For the Bucs, DE Kyle Moore (shoulder) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Four other players were listed as probable for Sunday-LB Quincy Black (ankle), WR Sammie Stroughter (foot), OT Jeremey Trueblood (knee) and TE Kellen Winslow (knee).
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Redding, Chester, Zbikowski, Kruger, Reed and WR TJ Houshmandzadeh following Friday’s practice NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……OL Bryan Mattison joined Drew Forrester Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that conversation is available in the Audio Vault as well……Weather.com/The Weather Channel predicts 48 degrees and sunny in Charm City for Sunday’s game……Carl Cheffers’ crew will officiate Sunday’s game……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday morning in advance of Sunday’s game. Saturday’s walkthrough will be closed to the media