Ravens Injury Report
|Smith Sr., Steve||WR||Non-Injury||--||DNP||FP||Probable|
The Ravens could be thin on the defensive line this week with Timmy Jernigan already out and Chris Canty set as a gametime decision. This bodes well for the Panthers as they struggled to run the ball against a strong front last week and could not stop the pressure on four man rush. With Baltimore being thin in the defensive interior this could open up the run game between the tackles. Canty is a starter on the defensive line and Jernigan is the Ravens second round pick backing up Haloti Ngata.
Left tackle Eugene Monroe will also be out for this game, and UDFA James Hurst will start in his place. Mario Addison has been on an absolute kick in the pass rush department, and will look to capitalize on the rookie making his first start. If the Ravens are forced to devote extra help to protecting the blindside this could be Charles Johnson's opportunity to earn his Big Money (see what I did there?).
Panthers Injury Report
The Panthers are really getting beat up at running back. The injury report doesn't list Tolbert as he has moved to short term IR, so the Panthers currently have 4 of 5 backs either injured or on the report. Jonathan Stewart is listed as questionable but the sense I'm getting from reports is that he won't play, or if he does it will be on a very limited basis. That would leave DeAngelo Williams and UDFA Darrin Reaves as the only options on the active roster. The Panthers flew under the radar and signed Tauren Poole back to the practice squad this week, but he won't be seeing the field unless this bug continues. Look for Richie Brockel and the other tight ends to pick up full back duties, and start DeAngelo Williams in fantasy. Cam is still hobbled, so Williams should be the bell cow until one or both of the other "Four Horseman" are healthy.
Thomas Davis is listed as questionable but the coaches are optimistic that he can play after two limited practices this week. Davis is a big part of the defense and Luke Kuechly's partner in crime, so the Panthers are better off if he can go, even at 75%. If he can't go, the Panthers will use Chase Blackburn and AJ Klein to alleviate his absence. Cotchery will also return to the lineup this week, while Garry Williams is again out.