EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – Will mounting injuries, along with inconsistent play, be too much for the Ravens to overcome?
Cornerback Jimmy Smith (concussion) and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (left arm) were injured during Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Giants.
Already out with injuries were wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), linebackers C. J. Mosley (hamstring) and Elvis Dumervil (foot), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot), right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), and returner Devin Hester (thigh).
There is no guarantee any of those players will be available Week 7 against the Jets. And it was clear they were missed today, when you consider:
— Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had six catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the second half after Jimmy Smith left the game. Without Smith, the Ravens’ secondary was clearly overmatched.
‚ Without Stanley and Yanda, quarterback Joe Flacco was hit too often. The Giants only had two sacks, but the Ravens had trouble picking up blitzes, and Flacco (26 for 48, 307 yards, no touchdowns) often threw under duress.
— Suggs had the only Ravens’ sack, as Giants quarterback Eli Manning (32 for 46, 403 yards, three touchdowns) had time to connect with Beckham and others for deep plays. If Suggs is sidelined along with Dumervil, the Ravens’ pass rush may almost disappear.
Suggs wouldn’t talk about how badly his left arm was injured after the game, but said he would have the injury checked out.
“I don’t know, I ain’t no doctor,” Suggs said. “We’re going to see what’s up with it. I’ll let the doctor look at it and go from there. Whatever it is, you know who I am, and you know what I represent.”
Suggs said the Ravens couldn’t afford to use injuries as an excuse.
“You got to be a competitor,” Suggs said. “I’m not going to be the one to cost my team. We’ve all got to take a look at ourselves and see what we could do better so we could stop losing these games.”
Suggs vowed the Ravens were not demoralized by their three-game losing streak.
“This isn’t a death sentence,” Suggs said.
But the losing, and the injuries, are cause for concern. Last season, when the Ravens were injury-riddled and finished 5-11, they could not stop the bleeding before it was too late. If they can’t get healthier, and fast, the Ravens could find themselves in deep trouble again.