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How READY are Lamar Jackson and Tee Higgins for Sunday’s game? Injury Report: Ravens vs Bengals 

The NFL Wildcard Weekend schedule concludes with the Baltimore Ravens’ road game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.

Lamar Jackson OUT, Tee Higgins QUESTIONABLE for Ravens – Bengals 

Lamar Jackson OUT, Tee Higgins QUESTIONABLE for Bengals - Ravens

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  • The Ravens

The Ravens of the NFL’s 2022 season have been using the “next man up” strategy for some time. Even without Jackson, the NFL’s most valuable quarterback to his team, the Ravens were able to secure a wild card berth this year.

The Ravens’ passing and rushing attacks have been based around Jackson. With Jackson out for the season’s final five games, the team went 2-3 and saw a drop in offensive production. The Ravens’ situation is complicated by the uncertainty surrounding the availability of backup quarterback Tyler Huntley.

After starting 2-2 games in Jackson’s absence, Huntley missed the season finale in Cincinnati due to a shoulder injury. Although he’s only gotten in a few light practices this week, he was throwing passes on Thursday and is hoping to play on Sunday.

Huntley is the closest analogue to Jackson in terms of running and passing ability, despite being far less talented than Jackson. As we’re on the subject of speed, the Ravens should have all of their running backs available for this contest.

JK Dobbins was held out of the last game for precautionary reasons, but he should be good to go on Sunday night. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Kenyan Drake are all versatile enough that the Ravens can use them as both runners and receivers out of the backfield.

This year, the Bengals’ tight end coverage has been subpar, and the Ravens have one of the league’s best in Mark Andrews.

Because of his career-high receiving yardage total against the Bengals last week, rookie tight end Isaiah Likely could also play a significant role in the passing attack this week.

Injury Report

Tylan Wallace WR Sat, Jan 14 Hamstring IR. Injured Reserve
Trystan Colon-Castillo C Sat, Jan 14 Illness Out for Wild Card at Cincinnati
Brandon Stephens CB Fri, Jan 13 Illness Out for Wild Card at Cincinnati
Lamar Jackson QB Fri, Jan 13 Knee – PCL Out for Wild Card at Cincinnati
Josh Ross LB Tue, Jan 10 Foot IR. Injured Reserve
Tyler Huntley QB Mon, Jan 9 Shoulder Full Practice on Friday. Questionable for Wild Card at Cincinnati
Devin Duvernay WR Wed, Dec 21 Foot IR. Injured Reserve
Jalyn Armour-Davis CB Sun, Dec 11 Hip IR. Injured Reserve
Rashod Bateman WR Mon, Nov 7 Foot IR. Injured Reserve
Michael Pierce NT Thu, Sep 29 Biceps IR. Injured Reserve
Steven Means LB Fri, Sep 23 Achilles IR. Injured Reserve
Kyle Fuller CB Wed, Sep 21 Knee – ACL IR. Injured Reserve
Ja’Wuan James OT Tue, Sep 13 Achilles IR. Injured Reserve
Vince Biegel LB Thu, Sep 1 Achilles IR. Injured Reserve

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  • The Bengals

Although the Bengals’ loss cost them a shot at the AFC’s No. 2 seed, that disappointment was overshadowed by their genuine concern for Bills safety Damar Hamlin.

The Bengals defeated the Ravens, 27-16, last week as a way of venting their anger. Now, only one week later, the Bengals will prepare for what will be the rubber match of their season series against the Ravens.

The Bengals know that they must win their division to have any chance of repeating as AFC champions. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati’s quarterback, and the rest of the team are in good health heading into the game. Moreover, he was without his best receiver, J’Marr Chase, for a long time.

Burrow has led the Bengals to eight consecutive victories by completing 67% of his passes and scoring 18 times.

On Sunday, he will have two healthy running backs in Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in addition to his full complement of receivers in Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd.

The Bengals have a much better offensive line than they did last year, but they will miss guard Alex Cappa because of an ankle injury.

Among NFL teams, the Bengals have the seventh-best scoring offense and the league’s fifth-best passing attack. They are the league’s fifth-best in the red area.

Injury Report

Alex Cappa OG Wed, Jan 11 Ankle Out for Wild Card vs Baltimore
Tycen Anderson SAF Wed, Jan 11 Hamstring IR. Injured Reserve. Expected Return – Week 19
Drew Sample TE Mon, Jan 9 Knee – MCL IR. Injured Reserve. Expected Return – Week 19
Clark Harris LS Mon, Jan 9 Biceps IR. Injured Reserve. Expected Return – Week 19
La’el Collins OT Fri, Dec 30 Knee – ACL + MCL IR. Injured Reserve
Brandon Wilson DB Mon, Dec 5 Knee Physically Unable to Perform
Chidobe Awuzie CB Sat, Nov 5 Knee – ACL IR. Injured Reserve
Ben Brown C Wed, Sep 28 Biceps IR. Injured Reserve
Elijah Holyfield RB Tue, Aug 9 Knee IR. Injured Reserve