The Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals in a key AFC North battle that will have serious implications. It is unfortunate that the game is on Thursday because it does not give some players adequate time to fully heal from injuries.
The good news is that there are key injuries on both sides. Which injuries will be most impactful to the outcome on Thursday?
5. The Baltimore Ravens are likely to be without Ronnie Stanley
Ronnie Stanley left the Ravens' loss to the Cleveland Browns with a knee injury. The Tuesday practice report indicated that he did not practice. With the game coming up, the odds of him playing this week are pretty low. So, what does this mean?
The reason it is only the fifth most notable injury at this point comes down to a few factors. First, Stanley has been injured often, and the team seems to be prepared for this.
He has not been the same as in recent years, so the drop-off may not be as bad. More than that, the Ravens are almost certainly getting Morgan Moses back. Moses practiced all last week, and looked like a Game Time Decision.
The Ravens knew this was a short week and probably did not want him to be sore for the turnaround, so they stayed cautious. Moses coming back this week allows them to flip Patrick Mekari back to left tackle. The Ravens had to deal with Daniel Faalele against Cleveland, and the drop from Mekari to Faalele is notable.
More than all of that, you will see the Bengals potentially shorthanded upfront in their quest to test the Ravens' depth. We will discuss that later.