The matchup may determine the season, considering the Ravens injuries and traveling to Oakland the following week.
On Friday, head coach John Harbaugh announced that defensive tackle Brandon Williams is out for this week. Not only that, Harbaugh said it is a multi-week injury as well.
Harbaugh said that Brandon Williams won't play this week. Has multi-week injury.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 29, 2017
Harbaugh hopes his highly paid defensive tackle will be back on the field in the next week or two. Williams was on the field for practice this week, but never participated in any portion.
Losing Williams is absolutely brutal for any game, just watch last weeks embarrassment in London, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, this comes just days away from facing maybe the best running back in football, LeVeon Bell.
Bell has struggled out of the gate, but with Baltimore missing both Williams and Brent Urban, this could be the week Bell goes off. The last time these two teams met, Bell rushed for 122 yards and scored two touchdowns on Christmas. That was with Brandon Williams in the lineup. The job gets even tougher for Dean Pees and his defense.
In other injury news, tight end Maxx Williams will miss his second consecutive game, and Jaylen Hill also will not play as well. That is four straight for the undrafted free agent after having a great preseason to make the team. Ben Watson meanwhile, returned to practice on Friday after missing the last two days with a calf injury. Watson said he will play Sunday, barring any setback.
TE Benjamin Watson, who has been dealing w/calf injury, tells colleague @EdwardLeeSun that he'll play Sunday barring a late-week setback.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 29, 2017
It's all hands on deck for the Ravens to try and bounce back after the most humiliating loss in franchise history. Both teams come in hungry for a win, and the Ravens might be in a fight for their 2017 season without one of their better players to clog up the middle.