Titans-Ravens Friday Injury Report: A.J. Brown vows to play despite missing practice

Here we are with Friday’s injury report. The Titans are not ruling anyone out ahead of Sunday’s game. They didn’t even list anyone as questionable, which means the full roster (which excludes the players on IR) should be ready for the Wild Card game against Baltimore.

Some players worked their way up to full participation throughout the week, and others have been taking it easy in preparation for what should be a physical fight.

Meanwhile, the Ravens have listed a number of players as Questionable but also haven’t ruled out anyone.

We’ll have to check back on Sunday morning for the inactive lists for both teams for a final update, but let’s see where things stand heading into the weekend…

Titans

PlayerWednesdayThursdayFridayStatus
G Aaron Brewer (Not Injury Related)DNPDNPReserve/COVID
S Kevin Byard (Not Injury Related)DNPFullFull
T Dennis Kelly (Knee)DNPDNPLimited
G Rodger Saffold (Ankle)DNPDNPLimited
LB Daren Bates (Hip)LimitedFullFull
WR A.J. Brown (Knee/Hand)LimitedDNPDNP
RB Darrynton Evans (Shoulder)LimitedLimitedFull
CB Adoree Jackson (Knee)LimitedDNPFull
C Ben Jones (Hamstring)LimitedFullLimited
TE Geoff Swaim (Wrist)LimitedFullFull
OLB Derick Roberson (Hamstring)FullFullFull
K Stephen Gostkowski (Not Injury Related)FullFull
RB Derrick Henry (Not Injury Related)LimitedFull

THOUGHTS

Aaron Brewer was deemed a close contact to the Titans trainer who tested positive for COVID and will miss the game this weekend. The concern here is Rodger Saffold’s health. Saffold has vowed to play this weekend, but he’s been banged up all year and hasn’t played 100% of offensive snaps since Week 13 against Cleveland. Brewer has played admirably in relief of Saffold when needed, helping lead Derrick Henry over the 2,000-yard mark last Sunday. If Saffold has to miss any plays, it’ll be a rematch of Jamil Douglas vs Calais Campbell (yikes).

Kevin Byard, Daren Bates, Geoff Swaim, and even Derick Roberson appear to be fine after working up to a full participation on Friday. Saffold and Dennis Kelly took Wednesday and Thursday off — much needed rest for guys who’s worked through injury all season — and returned to a limited participation Friday. Ben Jones joined them on Wednesday, practiced in full on Thursday, but downgraded to limited on Friday. I’d expect all three starting O-linemen to play through whatever is ailing them.

Stephen Gostkowski, who was activated off the COVID list this week, practiced in full on Thursday and Friday and should be good to return on Sunday.

Adoree Jackson has also been taking maintenance days to manage his own knee issue. He didn’t practice Thursday but was back in full on Friday. Same story for Darrynton Evans, who’s been nursing a sore hamstring since he rejoined the lineup in Week 15.

Henry is another guy who received some much needed rest on Wednesday and Thursday but practiced in full on Friday as he prepares to carry the team on his back again in the postseason.

Finally, A.J. Brown was unable to practice all week (Wednesday was only an estimation), but like Saffold, he assured the media that he would play on Sunday.

Ravens

PlayerWednesdayThursdayFridayStatus
DE Calais Campbell (Not Injury Related)DNPFull
T D.J. Fluker (Knee)DNPDNPLimitedQUESTIONABLE
CB Marlon Humphrey (Shoulder)DNPLimitedFullQUESTIONABLE
WR Willie Snead (Ankle)DNPLimitedLimitedQUESTIONABLE
C Patrick Mekari (Back)LimitedLimitedFullQUESTIONABLE
OLB Yannick Ngakoue (Thigh)LimitedLimitedFullQUESTIONABLE
CB Jimmy Smith (Ribs/Shoulder)LimitedLimitedLimitedQUESTIONABLE
RB Mark Ingram (Not Injury Related)DNP
DT Brandon Williams (Not Injury Related)DNP
DE Derek Wolfe (Not Injury Related)DNP
G Ben Bredeson (Knee)LimitedQUESTIONABLE

THOUGHTS

Calais Campbell, Patrick Mekari, Marlon Humphrey, and Yannick Ngakoue all ramped up to full participation by Friday and should have no problems playing Sunday.

D.J. Fluker, who showed up on the injury report last Friday but played on Sunday, has started eight games for the Ravens this year. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday but did get out for a limited session Friday. He’s likely to play this weekend.

Willie Snead remained limited throughout the week, but John Harbaugh said he’s “hopeful” Snead can return this weekend.

Jimmy Smith has missed Baltimore’s last three games and practiced in a limited basis all week. Harbaugh did say he has a “good chance” to return against Tennessee.

Mark Ingram, Brandon Williams, Derek Wolfe, and Ben Bredeson were all late-week additions to the injury report, but each of Ingram, Williams or Wolfe were simply resting. Bredeson may actually be in jeopardy if he had to leave Friday’s practice with his new knee injury.

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