Who’s Playing, Who’s Not vs. Dolphins

Donte’ Stallworth will likely suit up, while Tom Zbikowski is officially out.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 9 vs Dolphins

It’s been a long time coming – nearly two years, in fact – but it seems that Donte’ Stallworth will play in a game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

According to the final injury report, Stallworth is probable (75-percent chance of playing) after rehabilitating the foot he broke in the Ravens’ third preseason game.

Stallworth fully participated in practice all week and was happy with the results.

“It felt pretty good,” Stallworth said on Friday.  ”I know it’s probably going to be sore for the rest of the season. I’m still going to be a game-time decision. Hopefully, it doesn’t, but it could get sore on me tonight or Saturday. I’m hoping that Sunday comes around, I’m feeling good and ready to go.

“I can feel it when I’m running and really afterwards, but if I can go out there and be effective and get open, that’s what matters most.”

Just how Stallworth will be used is uncertain, however.

Stallworth is in the mix at punt return, and he can also add a speedy downfield threat to the passing game.

“He’s part of the rotation, gives us tremendous speed, veteran player, proven production,” said Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, who also juggles Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh at receiver.  ”We’re looking forward to getting him back.”

Zibby A No-Go

The news wasn’t as good for safety Tom Zbikowski, who has a heel injury and was declared out for Sunday.

Zbikowski couldn’t practice this week, and hasn’t since he hurt his foot in Baltimore’s Week 6 matchup with the New England Patriots.

“It’s starting to get there,” Zbikowski said on Wednesday.  ”I’m starting to walk on it a little bit better. I’m just really taking it day-by-day.”

Zbikowski began the season starting for Ed Reed, but now that Reed is back from a hip injury, the Ravens will utilize Haruki Nakamura and Ken Hamlin to provide depth at safety.

Gooden Primed To Play

While he will defer his game status to the coaches, linebacker Tavares Gooden’s desire to play is clear.

He was taken off the injury report this week and participated in all practices, seemingly recovered from a shoulder injury suffered on Sept. 19.

“It’s been great to be out there with my teammates,” Gooden said.  ”I feel good, but it’s going to be a game-time decision for my coaches whether I’m active or not.  I’m just happy for a shot.  It was a fun week for me.”

Pitta Probable 

Rookie tight end Dennis Pitta was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday with a head injury, but he is deemed probable after post-practice testing on Friday.  When the original injury report came out, Pitta was listed as doubtful and was later upgraded.

Pitta, a fourth-round draft pick, has been a solid special teamer for the Ravens, but hasn’t been able to climb up the depth chart past Todd Heap and Ed Dickson yet.

Heap, Mason, Reed Cleared From Injury Report

After starting the week on the injury report, Heap (back), Mason (ankle) and Reed (ankle) came off it Thursday, meaning all three starters will definitely play.

Several media reports stated that Mason had surgery on his finger during the bye week, but he did not seem to have any issues with a finger in the locker room on Friday.

“The finger’s good,” he told a group of reporters.  ”You didn’t see me out there catching punts?”

For The Dolphins

Miami enters Sunday’s contest fairly healthy, as safety Yeremiah Bell (toe) and running back Patrick Cobbs (hamstring) are both questionable, while starting linebacker Channing Crowder (thumb) is probable.

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