Game Day: Ravens at Colts

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KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET

SURFACE: FieldTurf

TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)

SERIES: Ninth meeting. Ravens trail series, 6-2. The Colts, who relocated from Baltimore in 1984, beat the Ravens for the fifth straight time last season, 44-20. Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes and the Colts built a 30-point lead by the second quarter. The Ravens were missing both starting cornerbacks (Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle). The Ravens are 0-3 in Indianapolis.

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Ravens won't put any more pressure on rookie QB Joe Flacco than the Colts' 32-ranked run defense forces them to. Baltimore would love to control the clock and keep the Colts offense off the field by attacking with RBs Willis McGahee and Le'Ron McClain against a run defense allowing 188.5 yards per game. However, if the Colts tighten up against the run, their undersized but speedy defense will come after Flacco in an attempt to create turnovers. ... Ravens MLB Ray Lewis equates playing against Colts QB Peyton Manning to a chess match. Manning has thrown for 13 TDs and averaged 283 passing yards in six career games against Baltimore, but he hasn't had an especially strong running game this season. That has limited the ability to set up play-action, and Manning certainly doesn't want to face the Ravens' blitz packages on third-and-long.

KEY INJURIES: Ravens: SS Dawan Landry (neck) and CB Samari Rolle (neck/shoulder) are out; CB Fabian Washington (shoulder) is day-to-day. Colts: SS Bob Sanders (ankle/knee) and CB Kelvin Hayden (knee) are out; WR Anthony Gonzalez (concussion) should play; OT Tony Ugoh (groin) should be worked back into the rotation this week.

FAST FACTS: The Colts are 0-4 at Lucas Oil Stadium, including a pair of losses in the preseason and regular season. ... The Ravens' top-ranked pass defense has allowed three TDs while intercepting seven passes and holding opposing passers to a 46.2 completion percentage.



— RB Willis McGahee had a full practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. He is on course to get 20 to 25 carries. Said offensive coordinator Cam Cameron: "He's healthy. He's not 100 percent ... but he's healthier this week than he was last week."

— CB Fabian Washington missed his second straight practice Thursday. He is doubtful to play Sunday against the Colts with a dislocated shoulder. If he plays, he would need a harness. Washington would be replaced by Frank Walker.

— OT Adam Terry missed his second straight practice Thursday, but he remains optimistic that he'll play. Even the coaching staff believes Terry will start. Said offensive coordinator Cam Cameron: "He looks a lot better today than he did yesterday. He's getting ready to play."

— CB Frank Walker likely will make his first start for the Ravens. He would replace Fabian Washington, who is doubtful with a dislocated shoulder.

— WR Derrick Mason has shown no signs of being limited with a hand injury. He has practiced all week. Mason has at least four catches in the first four games but he has not scored a touchdown.

— RB Ray Rice has been phased out of the offense. He has one carry in the last two games. The Ravens have certain packages for him, but they haven't used them in games. He could get a few carries against Indianapolis because the Ravens will run the ball close to 40 times.

— WR Demetrius Williams is getting limited looks as the third receiver. He has caught just one pass in three of four games this season. He is healthy again, so he could break out over the next couple of weeks. But he isn't a consistent receiver at this point.


— CB Marlin Jackson (ankle) says that he will be ready for Sunday's home game with Baltimore. Jackson was inadvertently kicked in his right leg during last week's game at Houston. He did not practice Wednesday, but was able to go through Thursday's workout without any apparent problems.

— CB Kelvin Hayden (knee) will not play this week against the Ravens. Hayden underwent an MRI on Monday and has not practiced this week. He is consulting with team physicians as well as outside medical personnel as to what course of action he might have to take.

— DE Dwight Freeney (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. His status for Sunday's game with Baltimore has yet to be determined.

— OT Daniel Federkeil (ribs) returned to practice Wednesday. Federkeil, who missed last week's game with Houston, may be available to play Sunday against the Ravens.

— WR Anthony Gonzalez (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, although he has not yet been fully cleared to play against Baltimore on Sunday. Gonzalez still hopes to be available for the Ravens game, but a final decision isn't expected until Friday or Saturday.

— LB Clint Session (calf) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. A decision on Session's ability to play this week won't be made until later this week.

— TE Tom Santi (foot) practiced Wednesday and Thursday. Santi, who was hurt in last week's game with Houston, is expected to play against Baltimore on Sunday.

— TE Jacob Tamme (ankle) has practiced all week and could be available to see playing time against the Ravens. Tamme took part in workouts last week, but his workload increased Wednesday and Thursday.

— DE Robert Mathis, who sat out Wednesday's workout in order to rest old injuries, practiced Thursday and is expected to start Sunday against Baltimore.

— CB Tim Jennings, who was held out of Thursday's practice to rest old injuries, is expected to start in place of Kelvin Hayden. Jennings started four games in 2007.

— WR Roy Hall (hamstring/knee) has not practiced this week and is not expected to play Sunday against the Ravens.

— S Bob Sanders (ankle/knee) has not practiced this week and will not play against Baltimore on Sunday. Sanders is not expected back until the Colts' home game with New England next month.

— CB Nick Graham may see some work this week against Baltimore. Graham, who began his NFL career with Philadelphia, is trying to quickly acclimate himself to the Colts' defensive system.

PREDICTION: Colts 23-16

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