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Brandon Banks Inactive For Redskins Against Ravens; Terrell Suggs Also Out
LANDOVER, Md. – Brandon Banks, who has struggled as a kickoff and punt returner for the Washington Redskins this season, will be inactive Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Banks has returned 22 kickoffs this season for an average of 24 yards per return and has also returned 26 punts for 6.8 yards per return, but he has struggled with poor decision-making in recent games – most notably when he returned a punt from the goal line against Dallas on Thanksgiving. He ranks 25th in the league in kickoff returns and 22nd in punt returns.
Niles Paul stepped in front of Banks on Monday to return a kickoff for 39 yards against the New York Giants – the second-longest of the season. Paul and running back Evan Royster will return kickoffs against the Ravens, with cornerback Richard Crawford slotted to return punts.
Left tackle Trent Williams, linebacker London Fletcher and cornerback DeAngelo Hall will all play for the Washington Redskins against Baltimore on Sunday despite being considered questionable because of injury.
Williams and Fletcher each sprained their left ankles against Philadelphia on Nov. 18 but have played in the last two games despite limited practice time. Hall sprained his right ankle against the New York Giants on Monday but vowed earlier in the week to play.
With cornerback Cedric Griffin suspended for the final four games for failing a drug test, Crawford will be active for the first time since Oct. 21 and Jerome Murphy, signed on Nov. 20, will make his debut. Either Crawford or D.J. Johnson, who was signed to Washington’s 53-man roster on Nov. 6, will replace Griffin as the third cornerback.
Right tackle Tom Compton, promoted from the practice squad on Wednesday, will be inactive for his first game. Quarterback Rex Grossman, receiver Dezmon Briscoe, left guard Adam Gettis, right guard Josh LeRibeus and linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy will be inactive.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will not play because of a torn right biceps, the team announced before game. Suggs, who has played in only six games after recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon to start the season, is the Ravens’ all-time leader in sacks since debuting in 2003 and has two this season.
With linebacker Ray Lewis out because of a torn triceps, Sunday will mark the first time since both began playing for the Ravens that they will miss the same game.
The team previously announced tight end Ed Dickson would not play because of a knee injury and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is out because of an ankle injury. Cornerback Jimmy Smith, considered doubtful because of an abdominal strain, also will not play.
Left guard Ramon Harewood, defensive tackle Bryan Hall and receiver Deonte Thompson will be healthy scratches for the Ravens.