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Marlon Humphrey Misses Practice, Sammy Watkins Returns on Wednesday

December 06, 2018 - 6:07 am
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By Joe Schiller

The Ravens have put themselves in playoff contention. Now 7-5, Baltimore is on a season-high three-game winning streak out of their bye week and face a pivotal AFC matchup on the road against the Chiefs.

There isn’t arguably a more potent offense than what Kansas City has put together this season. They rank third in total yards per game (437.2), third in passing yards per game (316.5) and first in points per game (37).

It’s a clash of two forces as the Ravens possess one of the top defenses this season and showed it last Sunday, limiting the Falcons to just 16 points and less than 100 passing yards.

However, the absence of cornerback Marlon Humphrey would create problems. The second-year defender did not practice on Wednesday due to a groin injury.

In a video from Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun, it appeared Humphrey may have aggravated the injury on the Ravens’ final defensive play of the game in Atlanta.

On the other side, Chiefs’ wide receiver Sammy Watkins returned to practice after missing two of the last three games with a foot injury.

Even with running back Kareem Hunt, there are plenty of offensive weapons to worry about. Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Watkins make for a scary combination in the passing game.

“Obviously, this offense is the best in the league, so it’s going to be a challenge for us, but we’re up for it and excited to go out there into a great atmosphere, playoff-style game,” said safety Eric Weddle.

Humphrey’s absence would be a tremendous loss for the Ravens’ secondary. He’s consistently ranked as a top-10 cornerback and a stud in coverage on third and fourth downs, according to Pro Football Focus.

We’ll have a better idea as the week progresses, but for now, there’s legitimate reason for concern.