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Preparing for a divisional playoff clash with the only team in the NFL arguably hotter than them at the end of the regular season, the Ravens began the practice week in good shape from a health standpoint.

Conducting a Tuesday walk-through due to their quick turnaround for Saturday night’s meeting with AFC East champion Buffalo, the Ravens had only two players listed as non-participants on an estimated injury report. Cornerback Marcus Peters sat out with a back issue while outside linebacker Matthew Judon was listed as having an illness.

Despite the physicality in the 20-13 wild-card playoff win at Tennessee on Sunday, Baltimore escaped without any injuries of note, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

“We got out of it well,” Harbaugh said Monday. “There was nothing out of there that looks like it’s major, and everything looks like we should have everybody for next week. You don’t know for sure. That can always change, but we’re looking good right now.”

The Ravens appear to have no substantial injury concerns in their attempt to advance to the AFC Championship for the first time in eight years, but they’ll be keeping an eye on the weather before traveling to western New York, a region known for its particularly brutal and snowy winters.

According to Weather.com, Saturday brings a 40-percent chance of snow showers with accumulation up to an inch. That forecast shouldn’t provide too much of a problem for the Ravens and star quarterback Lamar Jackson, who’s never played a game in the snow.

“My first time seeing snow in Louisville, we had a snowball fight, so that’s totally different from playing in it,” said Jackson, laughing as he reminisced about his college days. “But yes, that definitely would be my first time playing football in the snow Saturday if it does. Hopefully, it doesn’t.”

On Tuesday, the Ravens signed offensive linemen Greg Mancz and Jordan Mills to their practice squad. Mancz and Mills have a combined 112 NFL starts, providing some experienced depth on the practice squad. To make room, Baltimore released defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett and placed offensive lineman Parker Ehinger on practice squad injured reserve.

All but one player on the Bills’ 53-man roster took part in Tuesday’s practice, but starting receivers Stefon Diggs (oblique) and Cole Beasley (knee), starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring), and defensive tackle Ed Oliver (ankle) were listed as limited participants.

Below is Tuesday’s full injury report:

BALTIMORE
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: OLB Matthew Judon (illness), CB Marcus Peters (back)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: OT D.J. Fluker (knee)

BUFFALO
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Darryl Johnson (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Cole Beasley (knee), WR Stefon Diggs (oblique), LB Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring), QB Jake Fromm (non-injury), DT Ed Oliver (ankle), DT Justin Zimmer (groin)

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