The Ravens (3-4) are off until next week, using this weekend’s bye to get healthier and refreshed, in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Some players should be more fatigued than others. Here are the six Ravens who have played at least 400 snaps:
QB Joe Flacco – 511 snaps
Flacco played through a sore shoulder in Week 7, and his surgically-repaired knee hasn’t been an issue. Now the Ravens just need Flacco to play better.
“I feel good - just as you would expect seven games into a season,” said Flacco. “I don’t think about it (his knee) at all when I am out there. I think there are times when I say, ‘Oh man, I took a hit right there in the knee.’ But I think it has held up well, and I am not worried about it while I am out there.”
C Jeremy Zuttah – 510 snaps
Zuttah has managed to stay healthy all season, a rarity for a Ravens offensive lineman. The Ravens are going to need a healthy offensive line, Zuttah included, to get their anemic running game going, and to protect Flacco better.
S Eric Weddle - 436 snaps
Weddle remaining healthy is a key to the second half of the season. He has brought stability to a secondary that depends on him for leadership.
ILB Zach Orr - 433 snaps
Nobody wonders anymore if Orr can handle being a starting linebacker. He leads the team in tackles and his best football should be ahead of him.
LG Alex Lewis - 412 snaps
Lewis has been extremely valuable as a rookie, starting the season at left guard, and switching to left tackle when fellow rookie Ronnie Stanley (foot) went down. With Stanley and Lewis, one bright spot this season is that the Ravens have found their left side of the offensive line for years to come.
WR Mike Wallace - 407 snaps
Wallace leads the Ravens in both receiving yards (490) and touchdown catches (three). Any talk about Wallace being washed up, after subpar seasons with the Vikings and Dolphins, has been silenced.
“He has been a great addition to the Ravens’ organization,” said Ravens wide receivers coach Bobby Engram. “We studied the tape, and I think everybody in the building knew he was still a good football player.”
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