Neither the Baltimore Ravens nor the San Francisco 49ers have any last minute changes to their starting lineups for the Super Bowl.
Both teams have several players inactive for the game.
Inactive for Baltimore: CB Chris Johnson, CB Asa Jackson, S Omar Brown, OL Ramon Harewood, LB Adrian Hamilton, WR Deonte Thompson and DT Bryan Hall.
Inactive for San Francisco: QB Scott Tolzien, S Trenton Robinson, RB Jewel Hampton, LB Cam Johnson, G Joe Looney, DT Ian Williams and DT Tony Jerod-Eddie.
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OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave no guarantee that Devin Hester would remain the team’s return specialist if his performance did not improve. Hester has muffed three punts this season, including Sunday against the Jets, when the Ravens were fortunate to maintain possession.
Asked if the Ravens were considering making a change at returner, Harbaugh said, “You know I’m not going to comment on anything like that. I’m still very confident Devin can secure the football. I like the fact that Devin can still break a big return. He’s been battling some injuries. It’s my hope that it’s not because he’s gotten older, and that’s going to continue all year. But I don’t know. It’d be a good question to ask him when you see him.
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“I think when he’s healthy, he’ll secure the football even better than he has, and he’ll make some big returns for us.”
Hester’s best moments have come as a kickoff returner, with a 60-yard return against the Raiders, and a 48-yard return against the Browns. However, Hester is no longer returning punts like he once did, and he turns 34 years old in November. Considering the Ravens’ injury issues, having Hester occupy a roster spot strictly as a returner is a luxury the Ravens may not be able to afford all season.
The New York Jets' quarterback controversy appears to have taken another turn.
The team believes the injury Geno Smith suffered against the Ravens is a torn ACL, according to multiple reports.
The Jets decided to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick and go with Smith against the Ravens after a 26-3 Week 6 loss to the Cardinals. Fitzpatrick was leading the NFL in interceptions through Week 6 with 11.
But when the injury forced Smith out of the game late in the second quarter, Fitzpatrick came in and went 9-of-14 for 120 yards and a touchdown, leading the Jets to a 24-16 win. Smith was 4-of-8 for 95 yards and one touchdown before sustaining the injury.
He now has the chance to regain his starting spot.
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