When the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers on Christmas night, it will be a heavy-weight clash. However, at this time of the year, one of the biggest questions will always be injuries and how they impact things. The Ravens have some bumps and bruises but are relatively healthy. The 49ers are healthy for the most part, but there are a few positions with questions to watch as the week progresses. Which players may miss this week, and how will that impact the Baltimore Ravens?
3. Will the San Francisco 49ers defense be at full strength against the Baltimore Ravens?
When the 49ers' defensive line is at full strength, there may not be a better group in the NFL. They have Chase Young and Nick Bosa healthy, and those two will make life tough on the tackles. However, the 49ers do have some questions about the interior.
Arik Armstead has a foot injury, and Javon Hargrave has a bad hamstring. They both missed their most recent win over the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers had Kevin Givens and Javon Kinlaw step up, but they have always been in the rotation. Kalia Davis and T.Y. McGill are the ones who stepped into bigger roles as the depth pieces.
The 49ers beat the Cardinals with ease, and that may have been a part of the plan for them sitting these two. If they can get through the Cardinals game without them, it will give them the week they need to get healthy against the Baltimore Ravens. At this point, that is what fans have to be anticipating.
Kyle Shanahan said that both would have a chance to play this week, and if things go well in practice, we will see them. This will be one of the biggest things for the Ravens to watch as the days get closer to the game.