The Baltimore Ravens are approaching Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints as a must-win game. In years past, the Baltimore Ravens would barely stand a chance to a team like the Saints. New Orlean’s high powered offense has driven the team to a four-win, one loss start. Now, armed with the best defense in the National Football League, and a newly electrified offense, the Ravens see this game, not just as winnable, but a potential measure of their dominance. The Ravens will require a massive effort, with all hands on deck, to secure a victory over the New Orleans Saints. But, as it always seems to be with the Ravens, injuries are getting in the way.
Baltimore’s rising talent, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, suffered a thigh injury this week at practice. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh declined to give specific details, but Humphrey is questionable to play this Sunday. If Humphrey should sit this game out, the Ravens would have the depth to play comfortably without him. Jimmy Smith would lead the group, with Brandon Carr on the other side. Tavon Young and Cyrus Jones would also see significant time in the game. The secondary is somewhat thin for the Ravens right now, as cornerback Anthony Averett and safety Anthony Levine are also listed as questionable. The loss of Humphrey would not go unnoticed, however. Humphrey is quickly becoming a top talent in the league at cornerback.
While Marlon Humphrey may play on Sunday, Alex Lewis will not. The offensive guard suffered a neck injury on Sunday, which resulted in him being carted off, and brought to the local hospital for examination. Although it was a scary situation, Lewis was later cleared from the hospital, as no major damage was found. The Baltimore Ravens will not be taking any chances with him this Sunday, and have ruled him out. The Ravens will move James Hurst from right tackle to fill Lewis’ left guard slot and start rookie Orlando Brown Jr. at right tackle.