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Ravens HC John Harbaugh: 'Good Chance' Matt Skura Plays Vs. Steelers

October 4, 2019
Cornerback Jimmy Smith will miss his fourth consecutive game, as he has been ruled out for the Ravens' critical AFC North matchup at Pittsburgh Oct. 6, and the Ravens also could be without starting center Matt Skura, who missed two days of practice this week with a knee injury.

Skura is listed as questionable on the team's final injury report, and his absence would be a big blow along an offensive line that will face a tough Pittsburgh interior defense led by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Cameron Heyward. 

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Skura was injured in practice earlier this week but said, "I think there's a real good chance he'll play."

If he can't play -- which would be notable given that Skura has played every offensive snap this season -- the Ravens would likely turn to undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari or Bradley Bozeman. But moving Bozeman to center would require a new left guard, most likely veteran utility man James Hurst or rookie Ben Powers.

Ravens defensive lineman Brandon Williams, who missed the Ravens' Week 4 loss to the Cleveland Browns with a knee injury, returned to practice this week and is listed as questionable. Williams' absence was viewed as critical, as the Browns chewed up 193 rushing yards and 530 yards of total offense against the beleagured Ravens defense.

One late add to the injury report was punt returner Cyrus Jones, who was limited in practice Oct. 4 with a foot injury and is listed as questionable.

One person no longer on the injury report is tight end Mark Andrews, who has been dealing with a foot injury the past few weeks. Andrews, who leads the Ravens with 23 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns, was a full practice participant Oct. 4.

The Steelers (1-3) have injury concerns as well. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is already out for the season, and the team's top offensive weapons -- running back James Conner, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Vance McDonald -- all missed practice time this week. 

McDonald missed the Steelers' Week 4 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and Conner and Smith-Schuster both were hurt in that game. Smith-Schuster, who has 17 catches for a team-best 258 yards, is dealing with a toe injury and is questionable. 

Conner, who leads the Steelers in rushing (44 carries, 139 yards) and receptions (19 for 153), missed two practices this week with an ankle injury but he practiced fully Friday and is not listed on the final injury report:


OUT: CB Jimmy Smith (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB/PR Cyrus Jones (foot), C Matt Skura (knee), DL Brandon Williams (knee)


OUT: LB Anthony Chickillo (foot), RB Roosevelt Nix (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Vance McDonald (shoulder), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe), LB Vince Williams (hamstring) 

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