The Ravens seek their 14th consecutive regular-season win on Sunday and hope to remain healthy in the process.
While injuries ravaged a number of notable NFL players in Sunday’s early games, Baltimore entered its Week 2 encounter with Houston in relatively good shape from an injury standpoint. Wide receiver Chris Moore (finger), running back Justice Hill (thigh), and defensive tackle Justin Madubuike (knee) were deactivated for the second straight week, but Hill was able to practice fully by the end of the week, an indication that the Ravens simply didn’t have a game-day role for the fourth-string running back in his second season.
With the injuries we’re seeing around the NFL in a matter of 45 minutes today, perhaps the Ravens should consider wearing these in Houston… pic.twitter.com/WqsvdyffLx
— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) September 20, 2020
As expected, left tackle Ronnie Stanley (hip/ankle) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (hip) were active after being listed as questionable on the final injury report. Stanley was a full participant in Friday’s practice, signaling his availability was no longer in doubt after he missed most of the second half of the season opener due to a left ankle injury.
For the second straight week, Baltimore elevated veteran safety Jordan Richards from the practice squad. The 27-year-old took part in 17 plays on special teams in the Week 1 win over Cleveland.
Meanwhile, the Texans will be without backup running back Duke Johnson, who was deactivated after being limited in practices all week with an ankle injury. Houston elevated running back C.J. Prosise from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.
Sunday’s referee is Tony Corrente.
With rain falling throughout the day in Houston, the roof will be closed at NRG Stadium.
The Ravens are wearing their purple jerseys with white pants while Houston dons white tops and blue pants for its home opener in Week 2.
Sunday marks the 11th all-time meeting between these AFC teams in the regular season with the Ravens enjoying an 8-2 advantage. Baltimore hasn’t won a game in Houston since 2010, which was a 34-28 overtime final on Monday Night Football.
Below are Sunday’s inactives:
QB Trace McSorley
WR Chris Moore
S Geno Stone
RB Justice Hill
G Ben Bredeson
DT Justin Madubuike
RB Duke Johnson
CB Cornell Armstrong
OLB Jonathan Greenard
ILB Peter Kalambayi
OT Charlie Heck
TE Pharaoh Brown