IR ‘Up In The Air’ For Zibby

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski hasn’t practiced all week with a back injury.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

What’s known is that Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski isn’t likely to play this weekend against the New Orleans Saints.

What isn’t known is whether Zbikowski will be placed on Injured Reserve with a back injury.

Zbikowski hurt his back last weekend in Houston, leaving late in the first half. He hasn’t practiced all week.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said Zbikowski’s potential for IR was “up in the air.”

“We’ll just have to see,” Harbaugh said. “There’s not much season left, either, so if it’s a couple, three-week thing, we’ll just put him down. If he can get back next week or the week after, obviously, then you bring him back. I would say it’s up in the air right now.”

Zbikowski started the Ravens’ first six games in place of Ed Reed, who was on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he recovered from a hip injury.

Then, the week before Reed returned, Zbikowski injured his foot against the New England Patriots and missed five games.

“Here’s a guy ‘Zibby’ that started for what, six games, and just played so well,” said Harbaugh. “Then, boom, as soon as Ed [Reed] came back, he got hurt. Maybe it’s fortuitous the way it worked out for us in that sense – they weren’t both hurt at the same time.

“But, [it's] really tough on ‘Zibby’. [I'm] just so disappointed for him because he was doing so well.”

Zbikowski has 16 tackles on the season.

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