Fluker still absent, Snead practices as Ravens near wild-card trip to Tennessee


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just one Ravens player on the current 53-man roster missed Thursday’s practice for health reasons, an encouraging step ahead of Sunday’s wild-card showdown against Tennessee.

Starting right tackle D.J. Fluker remained sidelined with a knee issue while slot receiver Willie Snead (ankle) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey (shoulder) returned to practice on a limited basis. Snead, 28, hadn’t practiced since hurting his ankle in the first half of the Week 16 win over the New York Giants. Humphrey has missed the last two Wednesday practices before returning for the following day’s workout.

In the regular-season finale at Cincinnati, Fluker rotated with rookie third-round pick Tyre Phillips at right tackle, something the two have done since early December. The 29-year-old veteran played the first two drives of each half against the Bengals and took his final offensive snap on Lamar Jackson’s third touchdown pass late in the third quarter, which was also the final play of the game for the star quarterback. After being added to the injury report late last week with a knee issue, Fluker ended up playing fewer snaps than Phillips for the first time since their timeshare began.

Veteran cornerback Jimmy Smith remained a limited participant and didn’t appear to be doing a great deal during the portion of Thursday’s practice open to media. While his game status remains murky, starting cornerback Marcus Peters is no longer listed on the injury report after making his return from a two-game absence against the Bengals last Sunday. Peters, 27, hadn’t missed a game since 2017 before hurting his calf late in the Week 14 win at Cleveland.

“I’m just ready to keep everything rolling,” said Peters, who’s now been to the playoffs in each of his six NFL seasons. “It sucks to miss a couple of weeks out there with the guys, but they held up. We [had] a big task, and the task was we needed to win all the way through so we can get in.”

Outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue (thigh) and center Patrick Mekari (back) were listed as limited for the second straight day after missing the regular-season finale.

The Titans were missing a number of notable players from Thursday’s workout, but head coach Mike Vrabel has been managing the practice workloads of Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown (knee/hand), cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (knee), and starting offensive linemen Dennis Kelly (knee) and Rodger Saffold (ankle) late in the season. Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry also received a limited veteran day.

Below is Thursday’s full injury report:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: OT D.J. Fluker (knee), RB Mark Ingram (non-injury), DT Brandon Williams (non-injury)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Marlon Humphrey (shoulder), C Patrick Mekari (back), OLB Yannick Ngakoue (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (ribs/shoulder), WR Willie Snead (ankle)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: G Aaron Brewer (non-injury), WR A.J. Brown (knee/hand), CB Adoree Jackson (knee), OT Dennis Kelly (knee), G Rodger Saffold (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Darrynton Evans (shoulder), RB Derrick Henry (non-injury)
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Daren Bates (hip), C Ben Jones (hamstring), OLB Derick Roberson (hamstring), TE Geoff Swaim (wrist)