The Ravens have officially listed injured wide receiver Steve Smith (back) as doubtful for Sunday, suggesting there is a small chance he could play even though both head coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman earlier this week had said Smith would be out.
Smith has not practiced all week after sustaining microfractures in his back against the Steelers last Thursday night. Over the weekend, Harbaugh said that Smith would be out, though he backtracked on Monday. "I don’t think I’m able to do that, really, to be honest with you," he said. "It has to do with the injury report."
On Thursday, Trestman said, "We’re excited about the opportunity for the guys who are playing because Steve is out."
Smith is still most likely out, but the Ravens are giving the impression that the receiver who Harbaugh said belongs in the "hall of fame of pain tolerance" could still play Sunday against the Browns.
The Ravens have ruled out defensive end Chris Canty (calf), tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee). Canty will be missing his third straight game and Gillmore his second. The absence of Gillmore means the Ravens again will rely on two rookie tight ends -- Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle.
Tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion) practiced all week and is probable to return, bolstering an offensive line that should have all five starters from last year back for the first time since early in Week 1. Other Ravens listed as probable include linebacker Albert McClellan (abdomen), guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot).
For Cleveland, starting free safety Tashaun Gipson is out with an ankle injury, and starting cornerback Joe Haden (ribs/finger), who missed last week's game, is questionable.
Backup linebacker Craig Robertson (ankle) is out and running back Shaun Draughn (ankle) is doubtful.
In addition to Haden, the Browns list three other starters as questionable: wide receiver Brian Hartline (ribs/thigh), linebacker Karlos Dansby (ankle) and defensive end Desmond Bryant (shoulder). Others listed as questionable for the Browns include linebacker Scott Solomon (ankle) and running back Robert Turbin (ankle).
The Browns list six players as probable: DB Johnson Bademosi (elbow), running back Duke Johnson (ankle), backup quarterback Johnny Manziel (elbow), tackle Mitchell Schwartz (thumb), safety Donte Whitner (illness) and defensive back K'Waun Williams (concussion).