Who’s Playing, Who’s Not Vs. Chargers

Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Ben Grubbs, Billy Cundiff and Haloti Ngata are all questionable.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Categories: Garrett Downing, Week 15 vs Chargers

Lewis Hoping To Return After Missing Four Games 

The Ravens are once again heading into the weekend unsure about the status of middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who is hoping to play for the first time in four games.
A turf toe injury has forced him to miss the last month of the season, but he practiced in a limited capacity all week and is listed as questionable on the final injury report.
Lewis spoke with the media during a charity event this week, where he said he is “feeling way better,” but did not indicate whether he will be ready this weekend.
If Lewis is not able to play, Dannell Ellerbe will likely start in his place again and Jameel McClain will take over the role of calling out the defensive plays.
“If we get him back in there, we get the greatest player to play this football game,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said earlier this week. “If not, our young guys, the two guys we got back are going to be doing great, and they are going to play great for us. It’s a win-win [situation] for us.”
Webb Questionable After Not Practicing

Starting cornerback Lardarius Webb is questionable after not practicing at all this week because of a toe injury.

Head Coach John Harbaugh said earlier this week that he is hopeful Webb can play Sunday because he expected everyone who played against the Colts to be able to play against the Chargers.
“We’ve got bumps and bruises,” Harbaugh said. “There may be some guys that we rest throughout the course of the week, practice-wise, but we anticipate everybody that was playing last week, health-wise, to be healthy this week.”

Webb said during a radio interview this week that he expects to play Sunday.

“Yes, I’m playing Sunday,” Webb said.
If Webb can’t play, then rookie first-round pick Jimmy Smith will likely start in his place. 
Cundiff Doesn’t Practice Again, Listed As Questionable
Kicker Billy Cundiff did not practice at all this week because of a left calf injury and is listed as questionable in the final injury report.
Cundiff played through the injury last week, but punter Sam Koch was used on kickoffs in the second half because Cundiff’s calf tightened up on him.
“Not a major concern,” Harbaugh said Monday. “We should get him seven more days of rest and some kicking. We probably won’t kick him a lot. He should be fine for the game.”
Carr Returns To Practice
Veteran cornerback Chris Carr has missed three games with a back injury, but he’s hoping to get back on the field after returning to practice this week. He was limited in practice all week, and is listed as questionable on the final injury report.
“It feels good,” Carr told reporters on Friday. “It’s been a frustrating year, injury wise, especially when you’ve never had to deal with them before. You just feel good being out there, practicing.
“It’s held up great so far.”
Carr has missed seven games this year with various injuries. His return could be crucial as Webb’s status is up in the air. Carr would likely take the nickel role if Webb is out and Smith starts at cornerback. He also has experience in the return game, so he could be used on special teams.
“I feel like I’m a versatile player, so whatever they want to me to do, I can do,” Carr said.

If Carr is not able to play, Danny Gorrer will likely replace him. 
Redding Expects To Play
Defensive lineman Cory Redding sat out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury before returning as a limited participant on Friday. He is also listed as questionable on the final injury report, but told a group of reporters that he plans to play.
“I’m playing,” Redding said. “It’s week 12 or 13, nobody is 100 percent. But we’re fighting something over here and I’m playing.”

Having a few extra days off from practice was critical to give his ankle time to heal.
“The biggest thing with any kind of injury, whether it be big or small, the biggest thing is rest,” he said. “As long as you let it calm down and let the body heal itself, you’ll be alright.”
Grubbs, Ngata Both Questionable
Offensive guard Ben Grubbs (toe) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (back) are both questionable on the final injury report after being limited participants on Thursday and Friday.
Grubbs missed six straight games earlier in the season with the toe injury, but Ngata has not missed any games at all this year.
They both played last Sunday against Indianapolis, and Harbaugh was non-committal about their prospects of playing this weekend when he met with the media Friday.

“You really don’t know for sure.” Harbaugh said. “It just depends on how they improve, how the thing responds in practice, how they feel the day of the game. It’s just the reality of it, so why sit up here and try to speculate.”
Spikes Questionable With Back Injury
Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes was a limited participant in practice on Friday and he is questionable on the final injury report. 
The other players listed as questionable for San Diego include linebacker Donald Butler (foot), defensive end Jacques Cesair (ankle) and center Colin Baxter. Safety Darrel Stuckey (groin) is probable.
Neither team ruled anybody out.

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