OWINGS MILLS — The biggest concern for the Ravens this week is their mounting injuries, not adjusting to their new offensive coordinator.
Plenty of talent missed Thursday’s practice — wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), inside linebacker C. J. Mosley (hamstring), outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot), right tackle Rick Wagner (thigh), punt returner Devin Hester (thigh) and safety Kendrick Lewis (thigh).
Will any of them play Sunday’s road game against the Giants? And if not, will the Ravens (3-2) be able to snap their two-game losing streak against the stumbling Giants (2-3), who have lost three straight?
Expect the Ravens to be missing at least a couple of key players Sunday. For Yanda to miss the first two days of practice with Marty Mornhinweg as the new offensive coordinator was not a good sign. It would also be asking a lot for Mosley to return from his hamstring injury suffered Sunday against the Redskins.
Then there was Dumervil, who has only played two games after offseason foot surgery, and who has not performed like an elite pass rusher when on the field. Dumervil’s chances to play Sunday didn’t look good either.
Hester was seen walking through the locker with a noticeable limp Thursday. That didn’t leave him much time to get ready.
Maybe Smith can come back from his ankle injury, but that was no guarantee. And if Yanda and Wagner were both out Sunday, the right side of the Ravens’ offensive line would be challenged without two starters.
No matter who plays, Mornhinweg knows people are eager to see how the offense responds, after Marc Trestman was fired Monday as offensive coordinator. Mornhinweg gave some vague answers Thursday when asked about specific changes. But he also gave no excuses, because injuries or not, he knew the Ravens needed to play better offensively.
“I’m telling you now that our expectations are high, period,” Mornhinweg said.
However, the Ravens’ list of injuries is long.