I’ve said multiple times this week that the Ravens appear to be in good shape health-wise entering Sunday’s game, and that hasn’t changed as the team wraps up a week of practice.
Head coach John Harbaugh said today that he expects nearly his entire roster to be able to play Sunday against the Texans. That includes the three players who are coming off concussions - cornerback Jimmy Smith, safety Tom Zbikowski and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
The only real question marks going into Sunday are two inside linebackers - Jameel McClain and Brendon Ayanbadejo.
McClain is battling a sprained MCL suffered in the regular season finale, while Ayanbadejo is dealing with a quadriceps injury. Of the two, Ayanbadejo’s injury appears to be more significant.
“It’s going to come down to a gameday decision,” Harbaugh said. “They both practiced to different degrees and we’ll just have to see how they are on Sunday right before the game. We are optimistic about both guys.”
McClain, who started all 16 games this season at the inside linebacker spot next to Ray Lewis, said that he expects to suit up against the Texans despite being limited in practice this week.
“Yeah, of course I feel confident to play,” McClain said. “You can’t play this game and doubt yourself, so I’m ready to go out there and play and I’m preparing myself to the fullest of my capacity.”
The four-year veteran said the time off over the Ravens’ bye week helped his knee recover.
“My knee feels better, of course,” McClain said. “Look at me, I’m bouncing around with ya’ll. I mean, yeah, I’m good.”