Who’s Playing, Who’s Not vs. Patriots

The Ravens will take a full roster to New England; Brady has sprained AC joint.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Baltimore will take its full, healthy roster to New England for the AFC championship.

The Ravens finished their week of practice with just one player on the injury report – safety Ed Reed (ankle) – but he is listed as probable to play.

Reed was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was a full participant on Friday.

“Injury wise, nothing new,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “Everybody looks fine.

“It’s 100 percent [a] blessing. It’s great.”

The last time the Ravens went to New England for the 2009 playoff game, quarterback Joe Flacco had a large bruise on his leg and ended up throwing just 10 passes.

This time, there appears to be no such obstacles.

Report: Brady Has Sprained AC Joint

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing with a sprained AC joint in his left, non-throwing shoulder, reports NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

Usually it’s a six-week process to get back to full strength, but Brady will start under center on Sunday. He was removed from the injury report on Friday.

The shoulder is reportedly why Brady was held out of the Patriots’ practice on Wednesday. He returned to full practice participation on Thursday and Friday.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard didn’t put much stock into the injury affecting Brady.

“The dude’s a pro. He’s going to be ready to play,” Pollard said. “Nobody plays at 100 percent. Everybody is running off energy for this game.”

Carr Expects To Be Active

Cornerback Chris Carr was a healthy scratch last week against the Houston Texans. But with New England’s aerial attack next up, Carr feels he will be active against New England.

Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano was asked if it’s “all hands on deck” for the defensive backs.

“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “Because they’re going to be running around and you’re going to need as many as you can.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh explained that the Ravens deactivated Carr last week against Houston because they wanted to get an extra defensive lineman up against their run attack. They activated cornerback Danny Gorrer over Carr for special teams reasons. 

“It was definitely very tough,” Carr said. “I feel like I’m a very good player in this league. But at the same time, you’ve got to swallow you’re pride. Right now it’s all about winning. Nobody should be worried about individual statistics, or individual glory.”

Hernandez, Vollmer Questionable For Pats

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is questionable to play after suffering an apparent concussion last Saturday against Denver.

Hernandez, who sat out New England’s final drive, was limited in practice throughout the week. He is, however, still expected to play.

New England has 14 players listed as questionable on the final injury report, which is typical for Head Coach Bill Belichick. Among them are wide receiver Deion Branch (knee), safety Patrick Chung (knee), guard Logan Mankins (knee) and wide receiver Wes Welker (knee).

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald believes backup right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is the only game-time decision for the Patriots.

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