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Ravens’ health “best we’ve been all year” ahead of trip to Cleveland

Posted on 20 December 2019 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — December is often a month of attrition in the NFL as the grueling 16-game regular season winds down, but don’t ask the Ravens about that.

Riding a 10-game winning streak and needing a victory in Cleveland on Sunday to lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, Baltimore didn’t have a single player absent or even limited in practices for health-related reasons this week, the first time all season. That’s not to say the Ravens haven’t suffered their share of injuries along the way, but a 12-2 team already viewed as the Super Bowl favorite couldn’t ask for better health at this late stage of the regular season.

“The best we’ve been all year that way. Everybody is practicing [fully],” head coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s pretty unusual. First time, I think it’s happened for us this year — I think. You guys will have to go back and make sure that’s true, but they’ve done a great job of taking care of themselves. A couple days [off after the Thursday game] did help us, and now we have to go make it matter on Sunday afternoon.”

The Ravens officially listed left tackle Ronnie Stanley and reserve inside linebacker Chris Board as questionable for Sunday’s game, but both practiced fully all week and are expected to make their return after missing the Week 15 win over the New York Jets due to concussions.

The Browns listed six players as questionable, but all practiced on at least a limited basis on Friday. Defensive end Olivier Vernon (knee) is considered a game-time decision after missing five of the last six games, but starting defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (back) and starting center JC Tretter are expected to play for Cleveland.

According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast in Cleveland calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-40s with winds 10 to 15 miles per hour and only a 10-percent chance of precipitation.

Below is the final injury report for Week 16:

BALTIMORE
QUESTIONABLE: LB Chris Board (concussion), OT Ronnie Stanley (concussion)

CLEVELAND
QUESTIONABLE: RB Dontrell Hilliard (neck), OT Kendall Lamm (knee), S Eric Murray (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), C JC Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee)

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Suggs, four other Ravens listed as questionable for Cleveland game

Posted on 28 December 2018 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Despite listing five players as questionable for the Week 17 meeting with Cleveland, the Ravens are as healthy as they could hope to be entering their regular-season finale.

Needing a win or a Pittsburgh loss to Cincinnati to clinch its first AFC North championship since 2012, Baltimore had its entire 53-man roster on the field and participating fully in Friday’s walk-through. That included 16th-year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who missed practices the previous two days with a hamstring issue. On Sunday, the 36-year-old will pass Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis for the most regular-season games played in franchise history, but the day could also mark his final contest as a Raven as he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

“There’s a lot of things that’s always a possibility, but you can’t really harp on the negative,” said Suggs, who reiterated he has no plans to retire after the season. “It possibly could [be my last Ravens game], but it hasn’t crossed my mind like, ‘Oh my God!’

“We have business to handle, and we’ll handle that. We’ll cross every bridge when it’s time to come there.”

This will mark the 12th time in the seven-time Pro Bowl selection’s career he’s played in all 16 regular-season games.

In addition to Suggs, wide receiver John Brown (hamstring), cornerback Tavon Young (groin), defensive back Anthony Levine (toe/ankle), and guard Alex Lewis (shoulder) were listed as questionable, but all four are expected to be healthy enough to play. Lewis, a full participant all week, would be making his return from a three-game absence, but it’s unclear whether he will be the starting left guard with veteran James Hurst and rookie Bradley Bozeman having rotated there in recent weeks.

Aiming to both ruin the Ravens’ playoff plans and clinch their first winning season in over a decade, the Browns will be without top cornerback Denzel Ward, who is out with a concussion. The rookie sensation played a significant role in Cleveland’s Week 5 overtime win over the Ravens, intercepting a Joe Flacco pass at the goal line and blocking a Justin Tucker field goal try.

Browns center JC Tretter was listed as questionable after being limited all week with an ankle injury.

According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast in Baltimore calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-40s with winds light and variable and a 10-percent chance of precipitation.

Below is the final injury report of the week:

BALTIMORE
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Brown (hamstring), DB Anthony Levine (toe/ankle), G Alex Lewis (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (hamstring), CB Tavon Young (groin)

CLEVELAND
OUT: DB Denzel Ward (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: C JC Tretter (ankle)

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