OWINGS MILLS, Md. — If the injury report is any indication, the Ravens have a greater advantage than already expected against 1-3-1 Philadelphia on Sunday.
While Baltimore defensive end Derek Wolfe (neck/concussion) was designated as doubtful to play in Week 6 after missing his second straight practice on Friday, the Eagles ruled out six projected starters on their depth chart, a list including three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson (ankle), cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle), outside linebacker Duke Riley (rib), wide receivers DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot), and right guard Matt Pryor (illness). On Friday afternoon, Pryor was placed on the reserve-COVID 19 list, which is designed for players who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with an infected person.
Seven Baltimore players were officially listed as questionable to play on Sunday, but all were full participants in Friday’s workout except wide receiver Miles Boykin (thigh) and defensive back Anthony Levine (abdomen). Boykin was a new addition to the injury report as a limited participant, an indication that his injury may have occurred during practice and is worth monitoring between now and Sunday. Playing through an abdomen injury since last month, Levine missed practices all week and would presumably benefit from sitting out Sunday’s game with the bye arriving next week.
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (shoulder) and cornerbacks Marcus Peters (thigh) and Jimmy Smith (knee) were officially designated as questionable after sitting out on Wednesday, but all practiced the remainder of the week without incident.
Rookie right guard Tyre Phillips (shoulder) practiced fully on Friday and appears poised to return after sitting out the Cincinnati game. The duo of Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers filled in at right guard against the Bengals last week.
“Nothing like learning on the job,” said head coach John Harbaugh about Phillips, a third-round pick from Mississippi State who started the first four games of the season. “Sometimes, you don’t have the luxury. Sometimes, guys aren’t ready for that. Sometimes, they have players in front of them who don’t give them an opportunity to do that. It’s very, very valuable. He’s playing well enough to deserve to be in there as well.”
Wide receiver Chris Moore (finger/thigh) is officially questionable after practicing fully on Friday. The special-teams standout hasn’t played yet this season after breaking a finger in August and suffering a hamstring injury in practice last month.
Moore’s return could help with Levine — another key contributor on special teams — in danger of not playing.
“It had been a health decision up until last week,” Harbaugh said. “He still had some hamstring tightness last week, but he seems healthy. He’s a possibility to be active in this game based on the numbers.”
On Friday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan announced an order updating safe capacity limits for outdoor sporting and entertainment venues in the state of Maryland, opening the door for both the Ravens and the Washington Football Team to begin admitting fans for home games at up to 10 percent of total capacity. This would equal just over 7,000 people, but attendees would be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.
Tailgating would be prohibited.
“We received Gov. Hogan’s order today updating limits for outdoor sporting venues, which would allow up to 10 percent of total capacity,” the Ravens said in a statement. “We have contacted Mayor [Jack] Young’s office to discuss Gov. Hogan’s order.”
Baltimore’s next home game is set for Nov. 1 against Pittsburgh.
According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast in Philadelphia calls for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s with winds five to 10 miles per hour and only a slight chance of precipitation.
Below is Friday’s final injury report:
DOUBTFUL: DE Derek Wolfe (neck/concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Miles Boykin (thigh), DB Anthony Levine (abdomen), WR Chris Moore (finger/thigh), CB Marcus Peters (thigh), G Tyre Phillips (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), OT Ronnie Stanley (shoulder)
OUT: S Marcus Epps (rib), WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), WR Alshon Jeffery (foot), OT Lane Johnson (ankle), CB Avonte Maddox (ankle), G Matt Pryor (illness), LB Duke Riley (rib)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Darius Slay (concussion)