No Starters Inactive For Ravens

Ed Reed is active and Chris Carr is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch last week.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, AFC Title vs Patriots, Garrett Downing

The Ravens are healthy and don’t have any injury-related scratches for Sunday’s AFC championship game against New England.

Safety Ed Reed was the only player listed on Baltimore’s injury report all week after tweaking his ankle at the end of the win over Houston, but he is active and expected to start.

Cornerback Chris Carr is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Texans. With the Patriots’ pass-heavy offense, the Ravens want their full stable of defensive backs available, unlike last week where Carr was inactive in favor of keeping up an extra defensive lineman.

“They’re going to be running around and you’re going to need as many [defensive backs] as you can,” Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano said Thursday.

No starters are inactive for the Ravens, and the scratches are wide receiver Tandon Doss, cornerback Chykie Brown, running back Anthony Allen, linebackers Josh Bynes and Sergio Kindle, offensive lineman Justin Boren and nose tackle Brandon McKinney.

For the Patriots, tight end Aaron Hernandez is active after suffering an apparent concussion last week against Denver. He was questionable on the team’s final injury report.

The Patriots listed 13 other players as questionable on their final injury report, including wide receivers Wes Welker (knee) and Deion Branch (knee), safety Patrick Chung (knee) and guard Logan Mankins (knee), but all of them are active.

The one injury-related scratch for New England is backup right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who is out with a back/foot injury.

The other inactives for the Patriots are quarterback Ryan Mallett, running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive lineman Donald Thomas and wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.

Ochocinco is inactive after reportedly flying to Florida earlier this week to attend his father’s funeral.

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