The Baltimore Ravens entered the post season with a large list of injuries. Luckily for them, a first round bye earned them a whole extra week to rest up before the divisional round. And what a difference one week makes. The Ravens have close to all of their players healthy for this game. The Houston Texans on the other hand have a large amount of injuries. They decisively beat the Cincinnatti Bengals last week but are far from 100% entering this game.
Though some were limited, everyone practiced for the Ravens this week. Inside linebackers Brendon Ayanbadjo (thigh) and Jameel McClain (knee) were both limited in practice this week and are listed as questionable. However, they are both active for today’s game.
Anquan Boldin (knee), Dannell Ellerbe (concussion), Jimmy Smith (concussion), Marshall Yanda (rib contusion), and Tom Zbikowski (concussion) are all active for todays game. Marshall Yanda had emergency calf surgery on Christmas Eve and has been playing with a rib and thigh contusion. Despite being battered up, Yanda says he feels close to full strength.
It’s no mystery that Ed Reed has been in pain. Reed was not listed on the injury report but his shoulder continues to bother him. He’s recently missed four tackles because of it. Though many consider him to be a liability while injured, quarterbacks are still afraid to throw it his way. Keep an eye on him tomorrow as it will be interesting to see how much his shoulder affects him on the field.
The Texans have battled through injuries all year. Their best defensive player, Mario Williams, was done early this season followed shortly by first and second string quarterback Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart. Rookie T.J. Yates took over the reigns and has done one heck of a job.
Andre Johnson has been struggling with a hamstring injury all year and wasn’t active for the first matchup against the Ravens. Johnson is active today and is sure to cause some mismatches against the Ravens secondary. It will be interesting to see if his hamstring causes him any problems today.
The rest of the notable injuries for Houston are tight end Owen Daneils (hand/knee), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hip) and guard Mike Brisiel (ankle) and they are active.