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Ravens, Pats healthy for showdown

Apart from guys who have been placed on injured reserve (like Patriots receiver Wes Welker), the two teams who’ll play in Sunday’s early wild-card game are largely healthy.

Only one player for each team — Ravens cornerback Marcus Paschal (back) and Pats guard Dan Connolly (ankle) — missed practice on Thursday.

Listed on Baltimore’s report as fully participating in practice despite injury were quarterback Joe Flacco (hip), linebacker Tavares Gooden (groin), tight end Todd Heap (neck), linebacker Jarret Johnson (back), long snapper Matt Katula (elbow), receiver Derrick Mason (knee), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (ankle), defensive end Trevor Pryce (head), safety Ed Reed (groin), guard Marshal Yanda (knee), and safety Tom Zbikowski (neck).

For the Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder, right finger, rib), receiver Julian Edelman (forearm), defensive end Jarvis Green (knee), tackle Nick Kaczur (shoulder), cornerback Shawn Springs (knee), defensive end Ty Warren (ankle), defensive end Benjamin Watson (knee), and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (foot) fully participated.

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36 Responses to “Ravens, Pats healthy for showdown”
  1. slipkid says: Jan 7, 2010 9:13 PM

    u wankers forgot welker

  2. spudz says: Jan 7, 2010 9:14 PM

    defensive end Benjamin Watson????
    C’mon Mike….pay attention

  3. Katmanduu says: Jan 7, 2010 9:19 PM

    The sucky Ravens will prove that their 9-7 record and backing in to the playoffs is a joke. The Pats are going to light them up. Then, the choo-choo excuse train will be a chuggin’.
    Losers.

  4. BWIII says: Jan 7, 2010 9:22 PM

    GO PATS!

  5. 12+81=7 says: Jan 7, 2010 9:48 PM

    tight end benjamin watson, not defensive end.

  6. Ravenmaniac says: Jan 7, 2010 9:53 PM

    @Katmanduche…..Who are the losers????? At least the Ravens are playing…..what are your steelers doing this weekend…..I heard there were alot of uhauls outside of the steelers facility Monday morning packing up their shit…..
    No excuses here…..if we lose at least we made it to the playoffs…have fun sitting on your couch and rooting against the Ravens because you are an angry little hater.
    I bet you have a Ray Lewis and Ed Reed jersey in your closet…

  7. NFLMMAfan says: Jan 7, 2010 10:02 PM

    @kittycando
    Brady has a built-in excuse:
    His pink panties will bunch up and give him a painful wedgie!

  8. JoeStrummerLives says: Jan 7, 2010 10:05 PM

    @katmandu:
    Don’t hate yourself so much! It’s not your fault the Steelers sucked this year….

  9. hizzle1281 says: Jan 7, 2010 10:05 PM

    RAVENS -27
    PATRIOTS-23
    BOOK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. bornman3 says: Jan 7, 2010 10:28 PM

    Katmanduu, you are hilarious. The next smart thing out of your mouth will be the first.
    You’re now a Pats fan since your Steelers couldn’t beat a rug. Why don’t you just shut you hole until your team’s playing again.
    Here’s a lesson for you. You can’t “back in” to the playoffs by winning. That is exactly the opposite of backing in. Moron.

  11. Bmore Styles says: Jan 7, 2010 10:28 PM

    @ Katmanduu
    I couldv’e sworn you were a Steelers’ fan… But I was lookin through the playoff schedule and I was unable to find when the Steelers are playing… You wouldn’t be stupid enough to still be talkin trash, would you?
    There’s a reason the Ravens made the playoffs and you didn’t. Enjoy the offseason, we’ve got at least one more game to play.

  12. Joe C says: Jan 7, 2010 10:34 PM

    In a game that figures to be close, you go with New England for two reasons:
    #1: Tom Brady
    #2: Playing at home, where they are 8-0 this season.
    Losing Wes Welker obviously affects them offensively, but they actually have a stronger running game than they’ve had in awhile.
    And with their DL being full healthy as well, that puts the game in Joe Flacco’s hands, and while he CAN win, you can’t ignore the struggling Baltimore did in the final 2 weeks.
    So let’s go with Pats 24-21 in this one.

  13. habibfromnewdehli says: Jan 7, 2010 10:47 PM

    @Katmanduu
    The Patriots “beat” the Ravens by 6 points, with the help of quite a few calls, and a Mark Clayton drop inside the 5 yard line. And it was a home game, WITH Welker.
    Hate the Ravens if you want to, but don’t go gloating that the Patriots are leaps and bounds above them, because they’re not.

  14. Scott67 says: Jan 7, 2010 10:59 PM

    If the Ravens lose, it will be their own fault as most of their losses this year, including the one that was played at the big razor earlier this year.

  15. Ravens Macg says: Jan 7, 2010 11:01 PM

    @Katmanduu
    “The sucky Ravens will prove that their 9-7 record and backing in to the playoffs is a joke. The Pats are going to light them up. Then, the choo-choo excuse train will be a chuggin’”.
    choo-choo excuse train? I guess living with your mommy in her basement at 40 years old tends to stunt your mental growth…………RETARD!!

  16. TheBottomLine says: Jan 8, 2010 12:56 AM

    Go Steelers! xD

  17. 27Rice says: Jan 8, 2010 6:41 AM

    A man goes to the Pittsburgh Steeler ticket office and inquires about purchasing
    play-off tickets. The ticket teller replies that there weren’t any tickets
    for sale because the Steelers did not make it to the play-offs.
    The following day the same man goes to the Pittsburgh Steeler ticket office and
    inquires about purchasing Steeler play-off tickets. The ticket teller politely
    replies that there weren’t any tickets for sale because the Steelers did not
    make it to the play-offs.
    This goes on for an entire week. The man goes to the Steeler ticket office
    inquiring about play-off tickets and the teller says none are for sale
    because the Steelers did not make it to the play-offs.
    Another week of this goes by and the man still is asking the ticket teller
    about Steeler play-off tickets. Finally the ticket teller in a loud voice
    says, “I’VE TOLD YOU FOR THE LAST 2 WEEKS THERE WERE NOT ANY TICKETS
    AVAILABLE BECAUSE THE STEELERS DID NOT MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS.”
    The man replied, “I know. I drive all the way from Baltimore just to hear
    you say that!”

  18. 8man says: Jan 8, 2010 6:50 AM

    This is going to be a snot buster of a game! The weather is going to be brutal. Patriots have to readjust both their offense and defense after the debacle of last week.
    So the Ravens have a legitimate of chance of rolling into Foxboro confident and rolling out with a win.
    I doubt we’ll know the outcome until the final minute. I’d be surprised if there were a lot of points scored in this game. 24-21 from above sounds right. If it’s brutally cold, say 17-14. Still picking the Patriots, but that weak-ass defense better play well or they go down!

  19. ppdoc13 says: Jan 8, 2010 7:36 AM

    @katmandu – what a freaking loser. are you sure your second name isn’t frank burns, you sound just like him.
    i went to pittsburgh this week to your ticket office and was told that I couldn’t buy tickets because the Shitsburg Squealers weren’t in the playoffs……..
    this discussion would be moot if your wonderful team could have beaten Cleveland or say…. KC….. or even the Oakland Raiders who btw we beat….
    so stop being such a hater. go find your steelers blowup doll of Big Ben… get back into bed… and go hibernate for the next 6 months…
    Because football is over for you. And while it may be that it is over for the Ravens next week… it was still one week longer than your miscreant soul and your beloved Steelers.

  20. chunga says: Jan 8, 2010 7:38 AM

    I like the Patriots big in this game. Just a feeling.

  21. Patsfansince73 says: Jan 8, 2010 8:06 AM

    Hey skipkid -
    You must have skipped school A LOT for they DID list Welker – I THE FIRST LINE RETARD!
    As for this game – sorry Ravens fans, you did have a decent run this year and do have a good team, but the road ends on Sunday for you. This one is not even going to be close. Pats by 11, and that will be because the Ravens score one last TD with a couple/few minutes to go after the Pats take their foot of the gas pedal and coast in for the victory.
    My worry for the Pats is Diego, they are doing all the right things at the right time. If the Pats manage to beat them, then it’s off to Miami because any other contenders are not so compared to the Pats.

  22. slutnuts says: Jan 8, 2010 8:07 AM

    sorry but winning the game you need to win to put you into the playoffs is not considered “backing into the playoffs”.

  23. KnuckleBucket says: Jan 8, 2010 8:46 AM

    Losing welker is huge but I think they can pull out a win here if the D steps up big. Getting Wilfork and Warren back on the line will help to try and control Rice, even if they’re not 100%.
    I just hope they use the tight ends more bc without Welker they had better come up with a better offensive game plan.
    Go Pats!

  24. RIP__21 says: Jan 8, 2010 9:01 AM

    Bradys qb career in games without welker is 68. Ravens advance behind rice and mcgahee.

  25. SterilizeTHenry says: Jan 8, 2010 9:36 AM

    RIP__21 says:
    January 8, 2010 9:01 AM
    Bradys qb career in games without welker is 68. Ravens advance behind rice and mcgahee.
    ———————————————–
    His qb career in games is 68?

  26. GRpatriot says: Jan 8, 2010 9:59 AM

    11 playoff win streak at home for the Patriots…
    The Ravens keep it exiting for a while but, the Patriots playoff streak will continue!

  27. 4G63 says: Jan 8, 2010 9:59 AM

    If the Ravens are gonna beat the Pats, this is the time. McGahee has good games against the Pats and they couldn’t stop Rice earlier this year so they could be the “One, Two” punch the Ravens need to knock out the Patsies!
    Now, if Cam can come up with an aggressive gameplan to keep their D on their heels and keep Brady off the field, I’ll like the Ravens chances that much better!

  28. Flying elvis says: Jan 8, 2010 10:06 AM

    Patriots will not lose at home. Not gonna happen.

  29. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 8, 2010 10:19 AM

    LMAO at all the Ravens fans angered by Katmandu’s comments. He’s 100% right. The Ravens will talk crap then lose and then whine whine whine whine. You guys are all just a step ahead of them.

  30. stanjam says: Jan 8, 2010 10:23 AM

    I think this is a winnable game for the Patriots, especially since it is at home. The problem comes a week later, when they will likely have to face San Diego. Probably the toughest team to beat in the AFC right now.
    Losing Welker is a blow, but not one that necessarily knocks them out of the running. You still have Moss, Edelman, and Aikman, as well as Faulk. The running back corps is completely healthy right now, which is very good news.
    My guess would be the Pats by 10.

  31. bornman3 says: Jan 8, 2010 10:38 AM

    PFTiswhatitis says:
    January 8, 2010 10:19 AM
    LMAO at all the Ravens fans angered by Katmandu’s comments. He’s 100% right. The Ravens will talk crap then lose and then whine whine whine whine. You guys are all just a step ahead of them.
    ____________________
    There is not an NFL team out there that does not whine and complain (see Lamar Woodley, dick). In fact, every game, I see five incomplete passes with a receiver throwing his arms are up and down. The Ravens players whine A LOT less than our media does. You just wouldn’t know because you believe everything you read. Now that’s the sign of a dipshit.

  32. 4G63 says: Jan 8, 2010 11:03 AM

    Hey PFTiswhatitis, what are the odds that the Pats get a “iffy” call in the 4th quarter that lets them continue a drive and get a score to take the lead?
    I’m not a conspiracy theorist but you just KNOW the NFL would love to have a Colts – Pats rematch but sadly, the Chargers look like they’ll have none of that this year. They’re heads and shoulders better than all the AFC teams right now and will overcome having to play the Zebras too…although I’d love a Ravens – Chargers AFC Championship game!!

  33. rusH1023 says: Jan 8, 2010 11:06 AM

    habibfromnewdehli says:
    @Katmanduu
    The Patriots “beat” the Ravens by 6 points, with the help of quite a few calls, and a Mark Clayton drop inside the 5 yard line. And it was a home game, WITH Welker.
    Hate the Ravens if you want to, but don’t go gloating that the Patriots are leaps and bounds above them, because they’re not.
    ____________________________________________
    You’re talking about a game that was played in week 4 or whatever? First, don’t use Welker. It was his first game back and he was dropping passes and rusty. Second, yes you should have won that game, but DIDN’T. Because the Ravens fail when they’re supposed to close the game out — be it penalties, dropped passes, you name it. That’s not a championship team. Third, BOTH teams are very different from what they were in the beginning of the year. It’s anyones game for sure. Lastly, you’re clearly a dumbass.

  34. slutnuts says: Jan 8, 2010 11:09 AM

    over /under on touching- i mean roughing – the passer calls is set at 3.5

  35. BigOx says: Jan 8, 2010 11:09 AM

    Ravens whine??? You mean like Brady to the ref after someone sneezes on him? Give me a break, hopefully Brady pulls his balls out of his purse and takes his whoopin’ like a man.

  36. CharmCityRavens says: Jan 8, 2010 11:50 AM

    Hey Katmanduu,
    What do you call 53 men sitting on a couch watching the Ravens @ New England playoff game?
    The Syringeburgh Squeelers. Go Black N Fold!!!

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