The Baltimore Ravens will face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The two teams are both currently 5-2 entering this matchup. The Ravens have been dealing with a number of injuries. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley suffered a season-ending ankle injury, and right guard Tyre Phillips was placed on the IR. To make matters worse, cornerback Marlon Humphrey tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, seven players have been placed on the reserve/COVID list due to close contact with Humphrey. Here are five players to watch:
Orlando Brown Jr.
After Stanley exited last Sunday’s game, Orlando Brown Jr. moved over from right tackle to left tackle and performed well. Now, Stanley will be very difficult to replace. He has not allowed a sack since 2018, according to PFF. Nevertheless, Brown is a good emergency option. The Pro Bowler will face a tough test against Darius Leonard and the Colts, who have allowed the fewest total rushing yards this season.
Mekari started five games at center last season. He did not allow a single sack and played remarkably well overall for an undrafted rookie. However, he has not quite been as successful this season at guard, as he has already allowed two sacks, despite playing 277 fewer snaps. Mekari will need to be at his best on Sunday against defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.
Jackson is coming off his worst game of the season. Against the Steelers, Jackson turned the ball over four times. He will look to bounce back against the Colts’ strong defense. The Colts currently have the lowest opponent passer rating in the NFL. The absence of Ronnie Stanley will not make Jackson’s job any easier, either, but Jackson is the reigning MVP for a reason. Look for Jackson to return to his normal level of play.
Right now, inside linebackers Patrick Queen, Malik Harrison, and L.J. Fort are all on the reserve/COVID-19 list. With Otaro Alaka on the IR, Chris Board and practice squad call-up Kristian Welch are the only inside linebackers practicing at the moment. None of the previously mentioned players have reportedly tested positive, so there is a chance that they could still play on the Sunday. Still, there is a possibility that Board will be thrust into the starting lineup against the Colts. That matchup could be big against a Colts’ passing offense that relies heavily on their tight ends and running backs.
Marlon Humphrey, Anthony Averett, Tavon Young, and Iman Marshall are all on the IR, and Terrell Bonds is one of the seven players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Subsequently, Khalil Dorsey is set to be the third cornerback on the depth chart. Dorsey was signed in May as an undrafted free agent. He has only played a total of four defensive snaps this season, but he will see a big uptick in playing time on Sunday.