Healthy defense could make a difference

BALTIMORE -  

You hear it all the time. "Good defense wins football games."

The Baltimore Ravens are known for good defense.

Despite what team leader and standout linebacker Ray Lewis describes as a "roller coaster season," the team's defense found a way to pull through games and come out with enough wins to get to the playoffs.

It's wasn't easy.

More than a dozen defensive starters or players with significant playing time missed a total of 53 games during the regular season.

Four defensive starters, including notables Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs missed a combined 14 games over the course of the season.

Suggs was not on the field when the Ravens slipped by the Patriots 31-30 in week three of the regular season. Had the four-time Pro Bowl selection been on the field, things may have been different.

Sunday's AFC Championship, will bring a much different matchup. For one, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will look across the line of scrimmage and see Suggs on the field along with Lewis and the team's 2013 Pro Bowl selections – Bernard Pollard (SS), Ed Reed (FS) and Haloti Ngata  (DT).

Another factor is that the team's defensive unit seems rejuvenated .

Here's a glance at the complete injury report for the game. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

Allen, Anthony

RB

head

LP

FP

FP

probable

Boldin, Anquan

WR

shoulder

FP

FP

FP

probable

Brown, Chykie

CB

shoulder

FP

FP

FP

probable

Cody, Terrence

NT

ankle

FP

FP

FP

probable

Ellerbe, Dannell

ILB

ankle/back

FP

FP

LP

questionable

Gradkowski, Gino

G/C

head

LP

FP

FP

probable

Jackson, Asa

CB/RS

thigh

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

Jones, Arthur

DE

thigh/knee

FP

FP

FP

probable

Leach, Vonta

FB

knee/ankle

FP

LP

LP

questionable

Lewis, Ray

ILB

triceps

FP

FP

FP

probable

McClellan, Albert

LB

shoulder

FP

FP

FP

probable

McPhee, Pernell

DE

thigh

FP

FP

FP

probable

Ngata, Haloti

DT

knee

FP

FP

FP

probable

Pierce, Bernard

RB

knee

LP

DNP

LP

questionable

Pollard, Bernard

S

chest

FP

FP

FP

probable

Reed, Ed

S

shoulder

FP

FP

FP

probable

Reed, David

WR/RS

thigh

LP

LP

LP

questionable

Smith, Jimmy

CB

abdominal

FP

FP

FP

probable

Smith, Torrey

WR

back

FP

FP

FP

probable

Suggs, Terrell

OLB

achilles/bicep

FP

FP

FP

probable

Yanda, Marshal

G/T

shoulder

FP

FP

FP

probable

 

 

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