Andrews officially questionable, Humphrey out for Ravens’ opener against Houston

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens have officially ruled out top cornerback Marlon Humphrey for their season opener against Houston on Sunday, but the Week 1 status of Lamar Jackson’s favorite target remains up in the air.

Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews was listed as questionable to play after being a limited practice participant for a third straight day. Andrews had been sidelined with a quadriceps injury since taking part in pregame warmups for the second preseason game at Washington on Aug. 21, but it’s unclear when exactly the issue surfaced.

After previously downplaying any concerns about Andrews’ availability for Week 1, head coach John Harbaugh deferred to Friday’s injury report when asked if the sixth-year tight end was ready to play against the Texans.

“I’m feeling good. I’ve obviously taken some time off, kind of slowly working back in,” Andrews said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s one of those things that’s been a little tricky, but I’m feeling better running around. It’s just day by day getting better, and we’ll see what happens.”

Sidelined since undergoing foot surgery on Aug. 16, Humphrey wasn’t expected to play this week, but Harbaugh said Monday that the three-time Pro Bowl defensive back remains “right on schedule” for an early-season return. The Ravens play AFC North rival Cincinnati in Week 2.

Added to the injury report as a limited practice participant on Thursday, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) was a full participant a day later and does not carry a game status designation for Week 1.

After missing more than three weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in the Aug. 12 preseason opener, reserve quarterback Tyler Huntley wasn’t listed on the injury report all week, but it remains to be seen whether he or Josh Johnson will serve as the No. 2 quarterback to Lamar Jackson.

“You go week to week based on the circumstances right now in terms of where we’re at and what our needs are in that particular week,” Harbaugh said. “Of course, you have the health factor and all that. We’ll just figure it out as we go. We’re just very blessed to have three really good quarterbacks and have two guys that are very capable of doing the [primary backup] job.”

Houston is in worse shape from a health standpoint after ruling out starting safety Jimmie Ward (hip), wide receiver John Metchie (hamstring), and reserve linebacker Blake Cashman (hamstring) for Sunday’s game. The Texans placed starting right tackle Tytus Howard (hand) on injured reserve earlier this week.

Below is the final injury report for Week 1:

BALTIMORE
OUT: CB Marlon Humphrey (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (quad)

HOUSTON
OUT: LB Blake Cashman (hamstring), WR John Metchie (hamstring), S Jimmie Ward (hip)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Dare Ogunbowale (hamstring)

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