The Ravens' run defense may get an assist if Eagles receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, both of whom missed practice Thursday, aren't in top form for Sunday's game.
While Andy Reid told CSNPhilly.com that he was optimistic that they'd be on the field for their home opener, he also said "We'll know more (Friday)."
Jackson injured a hamstring in practice Wednesday while Maclin strained a hip flexor in the 17-16 comeback win at the Cleveland Browns last week.
The duo combined for 11 catches 173 and one touchdown.
Because Philadelphia doesn't have much depth at receiver, they re-signed Mardy Gilyard on Tuesday. Gilyard played for the Eagles during the preseason.
Jason Avant, who had been limited with a wrist injury and had four catches for 27 yards last week, has fully participated at practice the past few days.
How could this impact the Ravens?
The run defense wasn't adequate in a 44-13 win vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in their opener. They're deep enough in the secondary to defend a potentially depleted receiver corp and give more support to contain the ground game of Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy.