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Today's final injury report will be the last one we receive before kickoff Sunday. So far, we can say with confidence that the following players won't be on the field.
- WR Breshad Perriman (knee)
- OT Eugene Monroe (concussion)
The first injury should surprise no one. It's clear the Breshad is the future of the franchise, and the Ravens aren't messing around with his health. It's that Monroe is a no-go, but at least the Raiders' pass rush doesn't look as nasty as the Broncos was.
- CB Rashaan Melvin (thigh)
- WR Darren Waller (ankle)
Melvin is a great addition to the Ravens' secondary, but the team should be able to fill in for him pretty well this week against a weaker Raiders' offense. After all, that's what depth is for. If Waller doesn't play, us excited fans may have to wait a little longer before he is unleashed.
- HB Justin Forsett (shoulder)
- DT Timmy Jernigan (knee)
- HB Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee)
I for one am very excited about Jernigan this year. I can't wait to see him show the league that he can do everything Haloti could. As for the backs, the Ravens will have a rejuvenated rushing attack with all three backs now healthy. The three-headed beast of Forsett, Taliaferro, and Allen look to wreak havoc on the Oakland squad.
On the Raiders side, the team has a few key injuries. If you thought Denver's safeties were bad, then Oakland's are even worse. The team is without starting free safety Nate Allen, who was placed on the partial season IR this week after suffering a torn ACL. Larry Asante is starting in his place. The other starter, strong safety Charles Woodson, is officially questionable with a shoulder injury. Should Woodson not play, the Raiders will have backup Taylor Mays on the field. This leaves the Raiders with two suspect safeties susceptible to a Flacco long bomb. A tantalizing matchup indeed.