Tyler Huntley and Anthony Brown Are Also Scheduled to Play Against the Bengals
Tyler Huntley, the Bengals’ quarterback, missed the last game of the regular season because of an injury to his throwing shoulder and wrist. He will be back for Sunday’s Wild Card playoff game.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says that both Huntley and the rookie quarterback Anthony Brown are in the running to start on Sunday against the Bengals. After Friday’s practice, Head Coach John Harbaugh has not yet named a starting quarterback.
On Friday, it was said that Lamar Jackson would miss more than six games because of a knee injury. By starting both Huntley and Brown, Baltimore can take advantage of Cincinnati’s weak run defense and put Brown’s strong arm to work against Cincinnati’s secondary.
Brown made his first career start in Week 18 against the Bengals. He threw two interceptions, lost a fumble that led to a touchdown, and completed 19 of 44 passes for 286 yards. Huntley took part in practice on Thursday and did his best on Friday.
Since Huntley’s health has gotten better since last week, the practice squad quarterback Brett Hundley was not brought up for Sunday’s game. Huntley’s throwing shoulder had been hurt all season by tendinitis, but on Friday he said he felt “almost 100 percent.”
“I’m fine; I’m getting better,” Huntley said. “I think we’re getting close to 90-99 percent.” On Saturday, cornerback Ar’Darius Washington was added to the 53-man roster, and on Sunday, wide receiver Andy Isabella was moved from the practice squad to the active roster.
As a threat to run a jet sweep, Isabella has not had a single target all season. This season, Washington has made two tackles in three games. Both of them happened when the Ravens beat the Steelers. Brandon Stephens had to drop out on Friday because he was sick. Washington will take his place.
Aside from running back Kenyan Drake, the Ravens are also missing cornerback Pepe Williams, center Trystan Colon, wide receiver Binjimen Victor, and tight end Charlie Kolar. Without Drake, the Ravens will use J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill as their running backs.
David Ojabo, a rookie outside linebacker who had a sack against the Bengals in Week 18, is also on the roster and will play with veterans Justin Houston, Jason Pierre-Paul, Tyus Bowser, Odafe Oweh, and Malik Harrison.
Alex Cappa, the Bengals’ starting right guard, hurt his ankle on Friday. This is on top of right tackle La’el Collins’ season-ending knee injury from last week.
Since the Bengals traded Hakeem Adeniji for Colins, Max Scharping will start at right guard. This week, the Bengals are without Cappa, halfback Chris Evans, cornerback Jalen Davis, linebacker Keandre Jones, defensive ends Raymond Johnson and Jeff Gunter, and tight end Devin Asiasi.
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