Ravens-Cardinals inactives and pre-game notes

October 30, 2011 | Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — As if an earthquake and hurricane in the same week wasn’t enough, a touch of snow in late October explains how strange of a start it’s been to the 2011 season in Baltimore.

While it may not explain the inexplicable losses to Tennessee and Jacksonville, the Ravens will try to bring some normalcy back into the picture against the 1-5 Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. Having lost five in a row after a season-opening win over Carolina, the Cardinals face the daunting task of coming east to take on an angry Ravens team with something to prove on the offensive side of the football.

Sunday marks the fifth all-time meeting between the teams, with the Ravens holding a 3-1 advantage in the series. The Cardinals’ only win over Baltimore came at Memorial Stadium in 1997.

The Ravens have won 13 of their last 14 games at M&T Bank Stadium and have not lost consecutive games since October 2009 when they dropped three straight to New England, Cincinnati, and Minnesota.

With cornerback Danny Gorrer injuring his thigh during Thursday’s practice, the Ravens will depend on rookie Jimmy Smith and returning veteran Chris Carr to handle duties in the nickel and dime packages behind starters Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb. In addition to Gorrer, rookie corner Chykie Brown is also inactive.

For Arizona, running back Beanie Wells (knee) will be active, but former Ravens tight end Todd Heap will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury.

Here are today’s inactives:

Baltimore
CB Danny Gorrer
CB Chykie Brown
CB Sergio Kindle
WR Lee Evans
G Ben Grubbs
LB Dannell Ellerbe
RB Anthony Allen

Arizona
TE Todd Heap
LB Joey Porter
QB Richard Bartel
WR Stephen Williams
FS Kerry Rhodes
T D’Anthony Batiste
DE Ronald Talley

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