The Ravens have been banged up for most of the season. It started when Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles’ tendon in the offseason and continued with the injuries Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Lardarius Webb. If there was a ever a week for some of the younger players to get in the game, Sunday’s thumping of the Oakland Raiders was the game.
The only truly troubling part of the game was the absence of an active Ngata. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle didn’t play a single snap of Sunday’s game as he deals with shoulder and knee injuries.
Baltimore was most likely getting him, and a bevy of other injured players like cornerback Jimmy Smith, ready to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. However, if Ngata was a little too banged up to play against the Raiders, is a week really going to make that much of a difference?
I guess a week can be the difference between able to play and healthy enough to be effective, but Ngata is a big man and if his knee is barking making him inactive...