Ravens defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan has been ruled doubtful for the season opener against Denver on Sunday with a knee injury, costing the Ravens a key defensive starter against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Jernigan, who was expected to plug the hole left by Haloti Ngata in the middle of the Ravens defense, was hurt in the preseason game against the Redskins. He returned to practice in a limited capacity this week and said on Thursday that "I think it’s going to be a real close call," as to whether he would play on Sunday. "I got a good feeling about it."
But it now seems unlikely he will suit up.
With Jernigan out, rookie Carl Davis could be the starter in his first NFL regular-season game.
Cornerback Rashaan Melvin practiced for the first time this week on Friday but is also listed as doubtful with a thigh injury. That will put more pressure on Kyle Arrington as the Ravens prepare for Manning and the Broncos passing attack.
Two players who definitely will not be suiting up are rookie receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee). Both have been ruled out for Sunday, which is no surprise. Perriman still has not returned to practice after being injured on the first day of training camp. Taliaferro was a limited participant in practice on Friday, his first action since he was hurt in the Week 2 preseason game at Philadelphia.
For the Broncos, defensive end Kenny Anunike (knee) is out, linebacker Lerentee McCray (groin) is questionable, and safety Omar Bolden (rib cage), receiver Andre Caldwell (illness), tight end Mitchell Henry (finger) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) are all probable.