Injuries are beginning to pile up; Rolle is out; are you getting nervous?

September 27, 2008 |

I know it’s hard, but put down that glass of purple kool aid for a second and let’s get realistic.

The injury bug is beginning to rear its ugly head once again in Charm City.

For all of the talk about Pittsburgh’s injuries, we also need to take into account crucial injuries to the Ravens. And a crucial injury occurred last week vs. Cleveland that will rip another key player out of the starting secondary.

Samari Rolle will be inactive for the Monday night showdown against Pittsburgh. For those who are counting, that’s three starters on defense that will be out for Monday’s game. Along with Rolle, Dawan Landry and Kelly Gregg will be inactive.

Corey Ivy and Frank Walker are expected to share duties opposite Chris McAlister with Fabian Washington still battling a bulging disk in his neck.

I’ve been pretty hard on Walker since the preseason started, and rightfully so. In the pre-season, he was getting burned by 2nd and 3rd string wide receivers. He got beat downfield a few times against both Cleveland and Cincinnati. Fortunately, because of an excellent pass rush, those plays did not cost the Ravens. Walker also had a bone-headed personal foul against the Browns that extended a drive.

I’m feeling uneasy, especially considering the Ravens have to play 15 straight games. If this is what our injury report looks like for week 4, can you imagine what it could look like later in the season with a team full of aging veterans?

In Rolle’s absence, the amount of pressure the Ravens put on Big Ben becomes exponentially more important.

Earlier this week I predicted a 13-10 Ravens victory. I stand by that prediction because, given what we’ve seen from Pittsburgh’s offensive line, I believe the Ravens will be able to put enough pressure on Roethlisberger that it won’t matter.

But the injuries on this team are already starting to pile up and it’s only week 4, which is a big concern. Having two starters in the secondary inactive for the game is also a big concern given the big-play potential of the Steelers air attack.

Then again, I said that about the Bengals too…and look what happened.

Enjoy the weekend and, as usual, check back as soon as the game ends on Monday for post-game thoughts from myself, the other bloggers, and radio personalities.