Ravens coach John Harbaugh expected cornerback Jimmy Smith to play last Sunday with a back injury, but Smith missed his first game of the season. Harbaugh declined to give an update on Smith on Monday, and there should be a better indication on his availability when the Ravens return to practice Wednesday. Smith is perhaps the one player Baltimore can afford to be Jay Prosch Authentic Womens Jersey without on defense. In six full quarters without Smith, the Ravens have allowed quarterbacks to complete 75 percent of their passes and produce a 126.9 passer rating.
The Bengals have gone from one of the healthiest teams to the opposite end of the spectrum in one game. Wide receiver A.J. Green has a hamstring strain, running back Giovani Bernard went down for the season with an ACL tear, and it’s up in the air if cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and safety Shawn Williams will play Sunday in Baltimore. Expect to see more of rookie wideout Tyler Boyd now that Green is out for at least this week, and potentially beyond.
Barring a quick recovery by Luck – typically, players in concussion protocol are sidelined for at least a week, but it is impossible to project individual cases – maybe Tolzien will provide a Turkey Day surprise.
Yet for a .500 team that has its first winning streak of the season and a slim margin for error, this setback to the heartbeat of the franchise could not have come at a worse time.
Ben Roethlisberger is coming to town, triggering one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses Jeff Allen Authentic Womens Jersey for a Pittsburgh Steelers squad that routed the Colts the past two times they’ve played.
With Luck – who was brilliant early, then clutch late during the 24-17 victory against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday – it seemed the Colts might have a chance to survive a shootout Thanksgiving night. The Steelers defense has been suspect, and unlike the previous two meetings the Colts get Pittsburgh on their own Lucas Oil patch this time around.
Tolzien, who joined the Colts this year, has been in the NFL as nothing more than a backup for six seasons, and in his six appearances with the Green Bay Packers, produced a 1-5 TD-to-INT ratio and 67.1 passer rating.