Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Must of the injury talk leading up to Sunday’s big AFC matchup between the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens is centered around the devastating injuries the Ravens suffered last week against the Dallas Cowboys. ILB Ray Lewis (triceps) and CB Lardarius Webb (ACL) were both lost for the season, while NT Haloti Ngata (knee) could also miss Sunday’s game. Overlooked are the Texans injuries, most of which won’t prevent guys from playing against the Ravens, but a couple key injuries could have a negative impact on the Texans.

The Texans enter Sunday’s contest without ILB Brian Cushing (ACL) for the second straight week, something they obviously need to continue getting used to. As the defense adjusts to the absence of Cushing, the D could also be forced to play without CB Johnathan Joseph (groin). Those who have watched the Texans the past couple of weeks have probably noticed a drop off in Joseph’s performance, now largely attributed to the groin injury that has perhaps been bothering him for weeks. Joseph is listed as questionable, but with a bye week on the horizon, it could make sense that Joseph decides to play against the Ravens knowing he has two weeks to heal afterwards. 

Aside from Joseph, DE David Hunter (toe) as been ruled out for tomorrow’s contest while S Quintin Demps (forearm) is listed as probably after having missed the past two games. The Texans have an additional twelve players with injuries but are listed as probably and have participated in practice this week, leading one to believe they’ll all play Sunday. This list includes RB Ben Tate (toe), WR Lestar Jean (knee), T Derek Newton (forearm), G Wade Smith (knee), G Antoine Caldwell (concussion), C Chris Myers (hip), C Ben Jones (knee), NT Shaun Cody (back), ILB Bradie James (calf), OLB Bryan Braman (knee/foot), OLB Jesse Nading (foot/neck), and S Shiloh Keo (neck/back).

For the Ravens, aside from the injuries to Lewis, Webb, and Ngata, T Bryant McKinnie (thigh), DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu (knee), and CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen) are listed as questionable. T Ramon Harewood (head) is listed as probable.

The last piece of news on the injury front is the supposed return of Ravens’ OLB and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs. Having suffered an Achilles injury in April, Suggs was officially taken off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list this week and practiced everyday. All indications are that Suggs isn’t 100% yet, but that given the injuries to the three other major defensive contributors, he may try and play to compensate for their losses. As I said earlier in the week, this could probably end up being a good thing for the Texans because Suggs isn’t fully healthy yet, giving the Texans another advantage when on offense. 



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