Baltimore Ravens vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Who’s Playing, Who’s Not


The Baltimore Ravens will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in their easiest challenge of the season. I say it’s the easiest challenge because on paper, it looks like it is indeed the weakest team the Ravens have had to face this year. However, paper can be misleading sometimes.

The Bucs posted an impressive victory in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a game in which they trailed 24-20 with under a minute remaining, and quarterback Mike Glennon lead the way down the field to give the Bucs their first victory of the season.

They nearly pulled off a huge upset last week against the New Orleans Saints, forcing overtime but falling 34-31. This could be a potential trap game for Baltimore, but even with all that said, I think the Ravens should be able to snag the victory.

Here is a full injury report for Sunday’s game:

Kelechi Osemele is QUESTIONABLE

Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele is questionable to participate in this game after suffering a bruised knee while attempting to make a tackle in last week’s game. He, however, returned and played the rest of the game.

According to Pro Football Focus, Osemele has been the third-best offensive lineman in football over the first five weeks of the season. He has played an enormous part in the Ravens success on the ground.

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He didn’t practice all week, but head coach John Harbuagh is not to concerned with that. “He could play on Sunday and have not practiced all week,” Harbaugh said. “He has a chance to play on Sunday.”’

Marlon Brown is DOUBTFUL

It’s not like Marlon Brown has had such a huge impact through the first quarter of the season either way, but with him missing this game can only mean that the Ravens will be without one of their starting receivers.

Brown did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but was limited in Friday’s practice. If he is to miss the game in Tampa, Kamar Aiken will replace him, and that is not such a bad thing. Although the undrafted free agent has only caught six passes for 60 yards, he has only been targeted six times and has been slotted as the number four receiver through the first five weeks of the season.

Probable: S Matt Elam (shoulder), MLB Daryl Smith (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)

Terrel Suggs was banged up from last week’s game in Indianapolis, but he was not even listed on the injury report, which is obviously great news.

The three players mentioned above all practiced on Thursday and Friday and should be good to go. The Ravens however, will be without defensive end Chris Canty and Timmy Jernigan.

Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are QUESTIONABLE

The Bucs are a bit banged up, and they could be without their two best players against the Ravens. Their two best receivers are both listed as questionable. If both of them or even one of them were to miss this game, I don’t see any possible scenario where the Bucs grab the victory.

Starting safety Deshon Goldson (ankle) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Tampa Bay.