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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Both the Ravens and Tennessee are dealing with injuries in the trenches for the rematch of their playoff showdown from last January.

Baltimore officially listed defensive end Calais Campbell and defensive tackle Brandon Williams as doubtful to play on Sunday after they sat out the entire practice week. Campbell hasn’t played since injuring his calf early in the Week 9 win at Indianapolis while Williams hurt his ankle on the fifth defensive snaps of last Sunday’s loss at New England.

With Campbell and Williams not expected to play, the defensive line will lean heavily on veteran Derek Wolfe, who finished with seven tackles and a quarterback hit against the Patriots. The 30-year-old has played a combined 100 defensive snaps over the last two games, easily his biggest two-week workload of the season. 

“He’s played really well. He’s a captain for this game,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s been a dominant force in there. He’s exactly what we thought we would get when we signed him in the offseason — just a leader, a hard worker, and just a really talented guy. I’m really, really glad he’s on our team.”

The Ravens listed cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle) and inside linebacker L.J. Fort (finger) as questionable, but both appear to be in good shape to return from their respective absences. Smith was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday while Fort, who hasn’t played since the Nov. 1 loss to Pittsburgh, was a full participant all week.

The Titans ruled out six players for Sunday’s game, a list headlined by three-time Pro Bowl edge defender Jadeveon Clowney. The first overall pick of the 2014 draft missed the entire practice week with a knee injury and has yet to record a sack this season.

Tennessee also ruled out starting left guard Roger Saffold (ankle), starting cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (knee), and slot receiver Adam Humphries (concussion). Starting center Ben Jones (knee) was officially listed as questionable, but he missed the entire week of practice, which wouldn’t seem to bode well for his status.

Harbaugh wouldn’t comment on Trace McSorley’s absence for a second straight day before the Ravens placed the No. 3 quarterback on the reserve-COVID-19 list later in the day. The organization didn’t announce a positive test, meaning McSorley is believed to have come in close contact with an infected person.

The list was created for any player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with an infected individual. Under protocols established by the NFL and the NFLPA, McSorley is required to isolate for at least five days even without a positive test. He does not count against the 53-man roster while on the list and was a healthy scratch for each of the first nine games of the season.

Below is the final injury report for Week 11:

BALTIMORE
DOUBTFUL: DE Calais Campbell (calf), DT Brandon Williams (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB L.J. Fort (finger), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle)

TENNESSEE
OUT: OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), WR Adam Humphries (concussion), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), DL Larrell Murchison (rib), TE MyCole Pruitt (knee), G Rodger Saffold (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: C Ben Jones (knee), CB Kareem Orr (groin)

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