Gooden, Suggs, Reed Expected to Play

The Ravens are optimistic about playing their three injured starters on Sunday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens may look banged up on their injury report with three defensive starters listed, but they are expecting to have their full slate of players this weekend against the San Diego Chargers. 

Linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs (concussion, chest) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice, while safety Ed Reed (concussion) was limited.  Linebacker Tavares Gooden, who left last Sunday’s contest against the Kansas City Chiefs with a knee injury, was a full participant.

All three were back on the field Thursday during the portion of practice that was open to the media.

Regarding Suggs, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison believes the three-time Pro Bowler is at full health.  Suggs has never missed a game in his career.

“He’s really 100 percent, but he has a little soreness in his stomach,” Mattison said.

Reed was somewhat of a surprise to do any work Wednesday, according to Mattison, albeit a welcome one.

“He was out there,” Mattison said.  “Somebody might have said that he wasn’t supposed to go, but he was out there intercepting passes for the defense.”

In addition, backup safety Tom Zbikowski (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and was dressed in shorts and a sweatshirt during the portion of Thursday’s practice that was open to the media.

Tight end L.J. Smith, the only offensive player listed on the injury report from Wednesday, practiced Thursday.