The Ravens are faced with several key injuries after Sundays game against the Cleveland Browns. Right guard Marshal Yanda had to leave the game with bruised ribs. Return specialist David Reed suffered a serious knee injury and Danell Ellerbe and Cary Williams both suffed concussions.
The most serious injury from a personnel standpoint would be Yanda. If he is forced to miss significant time the Ravens would be missing perhaps their most dominant offensive lineman.When asked how he felt after the game Yanda said:
"I'm in bad pain, other wise I would have never come out. Its pretty bad, Ive just had real bad trouble breathing"
Yanda was on pain medication after the game and said he did not feel much better.
Back up lineman Andre Gurode replaced Yanda against the Browns and looked like he was doing well. Gurode previously played right guard in Dallas years ago before being moved to center.
Chris Carr came in for Williams and was active on the field. Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace targeted him often. Carr was flagged for a big pass interference penalty shortly after entering the game.
Brendon Ayanbadejo got more reps with Ellerbe out and was also involved in a lot of plays, including the play that ended the game for the Browns on fourth down. Cleveland tried a swing pass to Peyton Hillis and Brendon sniffed it out and tackled Hillis out of bounds for no gain.
With David Reed out Baltimore will look to Tom Zbikowski for kick-off returns. Zbikowski is sure handed but does not posses the explosiveness of Reed and will not be breaking any huge runs for the Ravens. Reed's injury looks to be season ending. When asked after the game if his season was over Reed responded with a solemn "yes".
During the season Baltimore had a tough time when faced with an injury to left guard Benn Grubbs. Now, heading into a pivotal road match with the Cincinnati Bengals, they are faced with even more challenges. Let's hope the rest of the team can band together and make it through to, what will hopefully be, a first round bye...