The Baltimore Ravens (7-3) will face a significant challenge by going against their AFC North foes from Cincinnati on TNF, and they will have to do so without two of their starters most probably, one already being ruled out and the other one "doubtful" to play on Thursday.
The Ravens released their final injury report ahead of TNF and they listed top cornerback Marlon Humphrey "doubtful" while ruling out left tackle Ronnie Stanley entirely for Thursday.
Humphrey, Baltimore's CB1, has dealt with a calf injury since Sunday's game and did not practice all week. Nonetheless, the Ravens didn't rule him out with head Coach John Harbaugh acknowledging the impact of Humphrey's potential absence, stating, "Losing Marlon is significant. He's arguably our best defensive player."
Stanley, a key contributor to the Ravens' offensive line, will miss his fourth game this season due to a knee injury. Super-sub Patrick Mekari is expected to start in Stanley's place.
Despite the setback, the Ravens receive a boost with the return of right tackle Morgan Moses, who is set to return to the field after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury.
The Ravens also ruled out rookie linebacker Trenton Simpson with a concussion he didn't clear the protocol for a return in time.
Four players, including left guard John Simpson, wide receiver Devin Duvernay, outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy, and safety Daryl Worley, are listed as questionable to play on TNF.
Duvernay's hamstring injury, sustained during practice, may keep him sidelined against the Bengals. If he sits, that'd mean the kick returns will fall on the hands of running backs Justice Hill and/or Keaton Mitchell, with rookie Zay Flowers listed as the backup punt returner in the Ravens depth chart.
According to the official Bengals website, Cincinnati ruled out wide receivers Tee Higgins and Andrei Iosivas, as well as defensive end Sam Hubbard. Trey Hendrickson wasn't listed in their last injury report even though he suffered a hyperextended knee last Sunday.