Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey’s lingering calf injury will sideline him for Saturday’s divisional-round game against the Houston Texans, but tight end Mark Andrews could be back for the playoff opener.
Humphrey, who also missed the top-seeded Ravens’ Week 1 win over the Texans, was ruled out Thursday after not practicing all week. He hasn’t practiced since he left the team’s Week 17 win over the Miami Dolphins. Brandon Stephens and Ronald Darby are expected to start at outside cornerback against the fourth-seeded Texans, who are led by rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud and wide receiver Nico Collins.
Houston will be without wide receivers Tank Dell (second on the team in receiving yards) and Noah Brown (fourth), both on injured reserve.
Humphrey has played just 10 games this season. He missed the first four weeks while recovering from foot surgery, then sat out Week 11 and Week 12 while rehabilitating his first calf injury of the season. When Humphrey returned after the bye, he struggled in a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who’s provided a spark to the Ravens’ punt return game, was also ruled out. He missed practice this week after suffering a knee injury last week.
Coach John Harbaugh said after practice Thursday that Andrews’ status is “still up in the air.” Two months ago, Andrews suffered what was feared to be a season-ending ankle injury. But Andrews returned to practice last week, was a full participant Wednesday and Thursday and was listed as questionable on the injury report.
Andrews, who for years has been quarterback Lamar Jackson’s favorite target, said after practice Wednesday that “if I feel like I’m going to be helpful to the team, I’m going to go. If I feel like I’m close but not there, let these guys go and hopefully get [there] next weekend.”
Harbaugh said Thursday that wide receiver Devin Duvernay, who was designated to return from injured reserve last week and is considered questionable, “looks good” and should play against Houston. Special teams coordinator Chris Hewitt indicated Wednesday that Duvernay, if activated Saturday, would resume his duties as the team’s kickoff and punt returner.
Inside linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips (shoulder), an important special teams contributor who missed practice this week, and safety Ar’Darius Washington (pectoral), who was designated to return from IR two weeks ago, are also questionable.
The Texans ruled out just one player for Saturday’s game, reserve defensive end Jerry Hughes (ankle), and listed starting fullback Andrew Beck (back) and reserve offensive tackle George Fant (illness) as questionable. Six other players, including starting defensive linemen Will Anderson Jr. (ankle), Jonathan Greenard (ankle) and Sheldon Rankins (ribs/shoulder), were limited in practice Thursday.