Being 3-1 at this point is not the only accomplishment for the Ravens. It's their health.
While the Kansas City Chiefs have myriad injuries going into Sunday's game, including likely not having starting free safety Kendrick Lewis for personal reasons, the Ravens come off of a tough stretch of four games in 18 days in near perfect health.
They last played at home Sept. 27 vs. the Cleveland Browns.
"What we have to focus on is the things that we can control," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Our guys do a good job of taking care of themselves. We have a strong team, physically."
Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers missed practice Wednesday because of a heel injury but returned Thursday and participated fully Friday, the team said.
But they won't have defensive end Glen Dorsey, who is saddled by a calf injury, or running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and receiver Devon Wylie (hamstring). All three will be out vs. the Ravens.
Cornerback Jalil Brown (hamstring) is listed as doubtful. Linebacker Derrick Johnson (groin), Lewis (shoulder) and defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (elbow) are called questionable. Listed as probable are receiver Jon Baldwin (hamstring), Flowers and guard Ryan Lilja (back).
Ravens receiver Torrey Smith, who hurt his ankle in the Browns game, is the only starter who has been listed on the injury report this week but hasn't been held out of practice. The Ravens are calling him probable, but he'll play.
"I'm standing up on two feet," Smith said after practice Friday. "I'm alright."
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1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.
2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.
July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.
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Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt.
But that's not how RG3 views it.
"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be."
And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.
"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great."
It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.
Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.