Joe Flacco likely to play, but over one-fourth of Ravens' starters may be out

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens players expressed relief when quarterback Joe Flacco looked fine in a full practice Friday.

It's just that not all of the Ravens' injury concerns were alleviated.

Six starters are not expected to play in this Sunday's game at the New York Jets (1-5). That's 27 percent of the starting lineup for Baltimore (3-3).

Linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and C.J. Mosley (hamstring) have been ruled out. Wide receiver Steve Smith (ankle), linebacker Terrell Suggs (biceps), cornerback Shareece Wright (hamstring) and guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) are considered doubtful.

The Ravens will need to rely on younger players to replace the veterans on defense. Za'Darius Smith and Matt Judon, two picks from the past two drafts, will fill in for Suggs and Dumervil as edge-rushers. Rookie Tavon Young will likely step in for Wright at cornerback.

On offense, Kamar Aiken should take over Smith's spot at wide receiver and either Ryan Jensen or John Urschel will replace Yanda at right guard.

But all indications are that Flacco will start against the Jets. His right shoulder injury sidelined him Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned Friday and showed velocity on his throws.

"It was encouraging to see him out there today, for sure," tight end Dennis Pitta said.

What should help Flacco is the return of offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley and Rick Wagner. Both haven't started the past two games.

The Ravens are hopeful many of the injured players will come back after next week's bye.

"We have a lot of injured guys and guys who will need that time off," Pitta said. "I think we'll all welcome that time off to heal up and get ready to finish the season. It puts even more pressure on this game because everybody wants to go into that bye with a win. We certainly don't want to lose four straight going into that bye and have to sit all week and think about it. We have a lot of motivation going into this one."