Less than a week after returning from a four-game absence due to an ankle injury, Ravens outside linebacker Odafe Oweh is back on the injury report and listed as questionable to play at Arizona on Sunday.
The 2021 first-round pick out of Penn State registered his first sack of the season and played 40 snaps in last Sunday’s 38-6 win over Detroit, but he was listed as a limited participant on Thursday and wasn’t on the field Friday, an indication that a new injury or setback occurred during practice. Head coach John Harbaugh offered little clarity after Friday’s workout.
“We’ll be seeing how he does if he’s out there on Sunday,” Harbaugh said. “I’m really not commenting on injuries at this point in time in the season too much. He’s not going to be out for any period of time. We’ll see if he plays on Sunday.”
Further clouding matters was Baltimore’s decision to waive outside linebacker Jeremiah Moon on Thursday, but he had played only one defensive snap since the Week 4 win at Cleveland while contributing on special teams in Weeks 5 and 6. Moon cleared waivers on Friday and would figure to be a strong candidate to return via the practice squad. The Ravens released wide receiver Tarik Black from their practice squad on Friday.
As expected, the Ravens officially ruled out safety Marcus Williams, who continues to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in Week 6.
Despite missing Wednesday’s practice with a shoulder issue, Pro Bowl inside linebacker Roquan Smith does not carry a game status injury designation and again practiced fully on Friday. Smith told reporters he felt amazing after returning to practice on Thursday and left no doubt about his availability to play against the Cardinals.
“It is what it is,” Smith said. “As long as the sun rises on Sunday and as long as I have breath, I’ll be on the field.”
Running back Keaton Mitchell (hamstring) and wide receiver Tylan Wallace (hamstring) both practiced fully on Friday and were designated as questionable to play on Sunday. On injured reserve since late September, Wallace would need to be reinstated to the 53-man roster by 4 p.m. Saturday in order to play in Week 8.
Wallace is regarded as one of Baltimore’s best special-teams players.
“It’s good to see him back out here [at] practice running around, getting himself caught back up,” special teams coordinator Chris Horton said Thursday. “Obviously, what he brings to the table has been really good for us. We missed having him out there. He’s a good football player. He’s a good gunner. He’s a physical player [and] all of those things that we talk about and we preach from our special teams and what we look for.”
After much speculation regarding the status of Kyler Murray this week, the Cardinals listed their franchise quarterback as doubtful to play against the Ravens. Still on the physically unable to perform list while working his way back from last December’s torn ACL, Murray began practicing last week, but Arizona is expected to stick with backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs for at least one more game.
The Cardinals ruled out starting left guard Elijah Wilkinson, who will miss a second straight game with a neck injury. Starting defensive lineman Kevin Strong will also sit out Sunday’s contest due to a shoulder injury.
Below is the final injury report for Week 8:
OUT: S Marcus Williams (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Keaton Mitchell (hamstring), OLB Odafe Oweh (ankle), WR Tylan Wallace (hamstring)
OUT: LB Krys Barnes (hamstring), DE Kevin Strong (shoulder), G Elijah Wilkinson (neck)
DOUBTFUL: QB Kyler Murray (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Greg Dortch (ankle), CB Antonio Hamilton (groin), S Jalen Thompson (hamstring)