Although Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has participated in practice on an extremely limited basis this week, he's still not expected to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.
A league source told The Baltimore Sun this week, "He's not playing," adding, "I would be shocked if he played," when asked about a report stating that the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is planning to play.
Suggs partially tore his right Achilles tendon in late April during the NFL draft and underwent surgery. He remains on the physically unable to perform list. Suggs has been noncommital on his prospects of playing this week.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh prefers to keep Suggs' status shrouded in mystery, acknowledging that there's gamesmanship to consider.
"If I knew, I wouldn't tell you," Harbaugh said. "I don't know that I know or what I know and I don't know and I'm not sure and we'll have to see. That about sums it up. In all seriousness, he's done a really good job. This is a very serious injury. He's working hard. Us not putting it out there and the fact that we practiced him all week, we're not too interested in them knowing one way or the other.
"If he is playing, we don't want them to know he's playing. If he's not playing, then how would I say that? We don't want them to know that. You get my point, right? Give him credit, he's done a heck of a job. He's getting in football shape I don't want to diminish that at all. We'll just see how it goes."
Meanwhile, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament, right shoulder injury) and starting nose guard Ma'ake Kemoeatu practiced for the second consecutive day.
The Ravens listed Ngata, Kemoeatu, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (thigh) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) as questionable.
"They had a good week of practice," Harbaugh said of Ngata and Kemoeatu.
As for free safety Ed Reed and the torn labrum in his shoulder that he disclosed this week, Harbaugh downplayed the severity of the injury. Reed isn't listed on the injury report, and the NFL is looking into the matter, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello.
"We got probably 25 or 30 guys that have things like that, things that they can play through and don't cost them at any time practice-wise or game-wise," Harbaugh said. "I know what the players in this league do physically is something that I admire and I think everybody should admire.
"It’s a tough game. It’s a physical sport. What he’s talking about is something that all these guys have. There’s always a lot of bumps and bruises and nicks, tears if you will, that guys have to deal with."
Offensive tackle Ramon Harewood (migraines) is probable.
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Kemoeatu.
The Ravens' defense has allowed 441 rushing yards over the past two games, including a franchise record 227 yards during a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.
Now, the Ravens' 26th-ranked run defense has to contend with a Houston Texans' running game headlined by Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster. The Texans rank sixth in rushing offense, averaging 134.2 yards per contest.
To boot, Kemoeatu, who has drawn heavy criticism along with fellow defensive linemen Terrence Cody, Arthur Jones and Pernell McPhee for allowing blockers to get to the second level to stonewall linebackers and failing to make more tackles themselves, is coming off a minor sprained knee.
He does expect to play Sunday after practicing for the past few days and sitting out Wednesday.
"Yeah, I'm full-go," Kemoeatu said. "I'm ready to go. It was more just stiff. It loosened up. I rested up for a day and I'm ready to go."
The Texans ruled out defensive end David Hunter (toe).
Cornerback Johnathan Joseph (groin) and Quintin Demps (thumb, forearm) are questionable.
The following players are probable for Houston: linebacker Bryan Braman (knee), guard Antoine Caldwell, nose guard Shaun Cody (back), linebacker Bradie James (calf), wide receiver Lestar Jean (knee), center Ben Jones (knee), Shiloh Keo (neck, back, thumb), center Chris Myers (hip), linebacker Jesse Nading (foot, neck), offensive tackle Derek Newton (forearm), guard Wade Smith (knee) and running back Ben Tate (toe).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times