The Baltimore Ravens will enter a Monday Night Football matchup against the Houston Texans relatively healthy.
The Baltimore Ravens are getting healthy at the right time. For what seems like the first this season, there aren’t expected to be any starters out versus the Houston Texans on Monday Night. Both the offense and defense are expected to have their 11 starters. In the most crucial stretch of the season, that couldn’t be better news for the purple and black.
Here’s a look at the injury report for both teams heading into Monday Night.
- Jermaine Eluemunor (Shoulder)
As a rookie, Eluemunor has stepped in and filled in for a battered offensive line this season. The fifth-round pick wasn’t expected to play this season but injuries to Marshal Yanda, Nico Sirgausa, and Alex Lewis changed that. Eluemunor has struggled at times and played like a rookie but it’s still another offensive lineman the Ravens will be short.
- Austin Howard (Knee)
- C.J. Mosley (Ankle)
- Jimmy Smith (Achilles)
- Ronnie Stanley (Concussion)
- Terrell Suggs (Ankle)
- Terrance West (Calf)
Some big names on the injury report (big surprise there) but not to worry, all six players are expected to play on Monday. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley has officially passed concussion protocol and will be out on the field after missing last week’s game against the Packers. His absence was noticeable on the left side of the line and it’s a big plus to have him back. Stanley’s counterpart, Austin Howard, will also play after dealing with a knee injury this week. Terrance West was a healthy scratch last week and could be again this week. He’s seemed to fallen out of favor in the backfield with Danny Woodhead’s return.
On the defensive side of the ball, Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley returned to practice Friday after missing the two previous days. He suffered an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter last week but will play. Mosley is the force and quiet leader of the defense and it would’ve been a huge loss without him in the middle. Jimmy Smith’s Achilles injury continues to bother him but hasn’t caused him to miss a game. Expect for that trend to continue this week. The same can be said for Terrell Suggs, who was given a vet day off on Friday.
- Julian Davenport (Shoulder)
- Will Fuller (Ribs)
- Greg Mancz (Shoulder)
The Texans are already without Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the season and injuries continue to pile on. There are no questionable players this week, just three that are ruled out. Wide receiver Will Fuller will miss a second straight week with a rib injury. The deep threat has seven touchdowns on the season and it makes life much easier for the Ravens secondary with him out.
As if Tom Savage’s struggles weren’t enough, he’s running for his life in the pocket. The Texans offensive line has struggled this season and is down a starter with left tackle Julian Davenport out. He’ll miss Monday’s game with a shoulder injury. Backup guard/center Greg Mancz is also out with a shoulder injury.
The Texans are far from full strength and the Ravens will look to take advantage of that. There’s no reason they shouldn’t come away with a win in Week 12.