Ravens running back Mark Ingram is expected to miss his second straight game with an ankle injury, as he missed practice all week and has been listed as doubtful for the Ravens’ game at the Indianapolis Colts Nov. 8.
The Ravens (5-2) also will be without Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who remains on the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this week.
Six other players who were deemed close contacts to Humphrey were isolated and prohibited from practicing this week, but all have tested negative each day and are expected to be cleared to play against the Colts, coach John Harbaugh said.
That group includes three of the team’s top four inside linebackers — Patrick Queen, L.J. Fort and Malik Harrison — as well as starting safety DeShon Elliott, edge rusher Tyus Bowser and reserve cornerback Terrell Bonds.
Linebacker Matthew Judon was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list and returned to practice Nov. 5.
After the team’s practice Nov. 6, Harbaugh acknowledged the challenge of being short-handed in practice this week with seven defensive players sidelined, but he said the team had a productive week as they prepare to visit the Colts (5-2).
“It’s not the perfect thing,” Harbaugh said via video news conference. “You always want everyone at practice. … Our guys did a great job … worked hard. The guys that weren’t out there practicing were doing all the things they could do to prepare. You trust that, and you go play the game, and you do the best you can.”
With Ingram sidelined, the Ravens will again turn their running game to Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins, who were impressive in the Ravens’ 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Nov 1. Edwards, who started in Ingram’s place, finished with 16 carries for 87 yards, while Dobbins ran 15 times for 113 yards, the first 100-yard game of the rookie’s career.
The Ravens, despite losing All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley early in the game to a season-ending ankle injury, rushed for a season-best 265 yards against a Steelers defense that had been ranked No. 2 in the league against the run.
The Ravens have placed both Stanley and guard Tyre Phillips (ankle) on injured reserve, though Harbaugh said Phillips is expected to return later this season.
The Ravens have three open roster spots, with Stanley and Phillips on IR and Humphrey on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and can promote as many as five players from the practice squad for the Colts game — three to replace those on reserve lists plus two weekly gameday promotions.
Will Holden, the only offensive tackle on the practice squad, is a likely addition, as is Bonds, who was a practice squad promotion last week.
With Humphrey sidelined, the Ravens are expected to have just two of their top six cornerbacks — Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith — in uniform against the Colts, although Smith missed practice with a back injury Nov. 6 and is listed as questionable. Cornerbacks Anthony Averett, Tavon Young and Iman Marshall are all on injured reserve.
If the Ravens want to add another cornerback with Humphrey sidelined and Smith ailing, they could promote practice squad corner Nate Hairston, who started 11 games for the Colts from 2017-2018.
Harbaugh was noncommittal about any timetable for wide receiver Dez Bryant to be promoted from the practice squad, saying, “When we feel like he’s ready to come up, in shape, knows the offense well enough, has enough compatibility with Lamar [Jackson] on enough plays, then we’ll bring him up.
“When it happens, it’ll happen,” he added. “I don’t think it’s something you want to force-feed in there. So we’ll just have to see as we go.”
For the Colts, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is doubtful with a groin injury, a notable absence given the Ravens’ depth concerns at cornerback. Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowl pick, has 22 catches for 251 yards this year.
Here is the final injury report:
DOUBTFUL: RB Mark Ingram (ankle), WR Chris Moore (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Devin Duvernay (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (back)
OUT: WR Ashton Dulin (knee)
DOUBTFUL: WR T.Y. Hilton (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee), WR Marcus Johnson (knee)
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