The Baltimore Ravens (10-3) will play the first of their final four games of the season on Sunday at Jacksonville in a matchup that can serve as a postseason clincher depending on other results across the NFL.
Having held a final practice at their Owings Mills facilities on Friday, the Ravens got a delightful 53-player participation on the day although they ended up listing two players as "questionable" to play on Sunday, including superstar safety Kyle Hamilton.
For those a bit lost, Hamilton suffered what was feared to be a season-ending injury last weekend in the game against the Rams, although the injury wasn't that bad and Hamilton was able to hit the field running as soon as Wednesday.
He sported a knee brace for a couple of days and finally ditched it on Friday, although it's worth noting that Baltimore held a semi-walkthrough yesterday instead of a full practice.
Hamilton's availability due to his knee sprain is still up in the air, and if he can't play on Sunday at Jacksonville or if the Ravens coaches simply hold him back to avoid any type of setback, then Baltimore's defense will need to find solutions to his absence.
With Hamilton being a crucial part of the unit on his way to becoming a potential Defensive Player of the Year winner later this season, this is a tall task for DC Mike Macdonald and the rest of the staff.
Hamilton has racked up 62 tackles, batted nine passes, completed three sacks, picked two passes (one of them ending in a touchdown), and forced one fumble this season.
Here are four potential ways the Ravens can approach Hamilton's absence if he sits out the Week 15 game at the Jacksonville Jaguars.