The Baltimore Ravens averaged a league-high 201.6 rushing yards per game in the regular season, but they might be without their starting running back for Saturday's divisional round showdown with the Tennessee Titans. Despite having the last two weeks off to rest, Mark Ingram has officially been listed as questionable for Saturday's game. Ingram missed practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday and returned as a limited participant on Thursday due to a calf injury he sustained in Week 16.
On Thursday afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Ingram, a Pro Bowler this past season, is expected to play despite his questionable designation.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Ingram "felt some tightness" and "pulled back to avoid re-injury" on Tuesday. Rapoport did add that Ingram "has a chance to play" on Saturday. Head coach John Harbaugh was asked on Thursday how Ingram looked in practice after missing the past two sessions, and he didn't sound too optimistic that Ingram would be back to 100 percent for this weekend.
"Limited participation," Harbaugh responded, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN. "That's the definition of it. We'll see how it goes."
Last Friday, Harbaugh said he expected Ingram to be full speed in practice this week, but that obviously has not happened. With Baltimore's first postseason game just three days away, his status for Saturday is in question.
"It's day to day, so we'll see," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said on Wednesday, via the Ravens' official website. "But that's how it is in this league. You just have to be ready to adapt and adjust as it happens, like in the course of a game."
Ingram rushed for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, which is second on the team behind quarterback Lamar Jackson. It marked the third time Ingram had rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a season in his nine years in the league.
If Ingram cannot go this weekend, expect Gus Edwards to take his place in the starting lineup.
"I'm prepared for whatever they give me. I'm hoping it's a lot," Edwards said. "I like to carry the ball. I've just got to get my mind ready, my body ready and I'll be ready when my name is called."
The second-year running back rushed for 711 yards and two touchdowns on 133 carries this season. Last year, he became the first Baltimore rookie to rush for more than 100 yards in consecutive games since Jamal Lewis did it back in 2000. Ingram being inactive on Saturday would obviously not be ideal for Baltimore, but the Ravens have capable replacements in both Edwards and rookie Justice Hill.
Ingram was joined on Baltimore's injury report by tight end Mark Andrews, who is also questionable to play in Saturday's game with a calf injury. Andrews, who was also a limited participant during Thursday's practice, would be replaced in the lineup if he can't go by tight end Hayden Hurst, who finished third on the team with 349 receiving yards during the regular season. A Pro Bowler, Andrews led the Ravens with 64 receptions for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season.
For the Titans, receiver Adam Humphries and linebacker Jayon Brown have been ruled out due to injury. Humphries, who was inactive for the Titans' win over the Patriots in the wild-card round, caught 37 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season. Brown, who recorded three tackles in Tennessee's win over New England, make 104 stops in 14 regular season games.
Also mentioned in Tennessee's injury report is receiver Cody Hollister, who is questionable for Saturday's game with an ankle injury. Hollister was limited on Thursday after being a full participant during Wednesday's practice.
After missing practice time earlier in the week, center Kamalei Correa (illness), cornerback Adoree' Jackson (foot), and guard Nate Davis (illness) will face the Ravens. Running back Dion Lewis, who was limited during parts of the week with a shoulder injury, and receiver Kalif Raymond, who was previously in the league's concussion protocol, will also play in Saturday night's game.