The Baltimore Ravens' injury report will come out Friday afternoon. My guess is running back Ray Rice won't practice for a third consecutive day and be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Houston. Coach John Harbaugh, who is usually tight-lipped when it comes to injuries, will likely say Rice is a game-time decision. We'll see if this is how it shake out in a few hours. For now, here's your Wake-up caw ...
Despite not practicing the past two days, defensive lineman Chris Canty hopes to play Sunday. He is dealing with a groin injury. “I’m very optimistic, it feels pretty good," Canty told Comcast SportsNet. "So I’ll continue to go about the process and hopefully be able to play." Canty missed seven games last season because of a knee injury.
Safety Ed Reed said he holds no bitterness toward the Ravens. "I always will be a Raven," Reed said in a conference call, via The Baltimore Sun. "That's where I was kind of raised in the NFL. I did a lot of growing and we did a lot of special things. That's something that can never be taken away and it never will. There's a lot of love there."
There is no need to worry about kicker Justin Tucker, according to The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston. Tucker missed two field goals last Sunday.
Safety James Ihedigbo and inside linebacker Josh Bynes weren't projected to be starters when training camp began. But Pro Football Focus has Ihedigbo as the fourth-highest-graded player on Baltimore’s defense through the first two games. It has Bynes sixth. "They’re doing really well,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said, via The Carroll County (Md.) Times. “Josh, that guy is an overachiever. I think he’s done very, very well. The thing that Josh is, like I always say, he’s very smart. Same thing with Ihedigbo.”
Shaun Draughn might have to be the Ravens' top backup at running back if Rice is sidelined with a hip injury. Draughn was signed a week ago. "It was a good thing I was inactive the first week for me to pick things up," Draughn told The Baltimore Sun. "I met with [running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery] and Joe [Flacco] on Tuesday. I'm in my playbook a lot. I got to stay prepared, man."