Between the two conferences vying for their chance to play in the Super Bowl, only the AFC managed to turn out as everyone expected. On Sunday, the New England Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens, two teams that have been ‘in the hunt’ for the better part of the last decade. During the last ten years alone, New England has won four AFC Championships and three Super Bowls; Baltimore has also earned a Super Bowl win and an AFC title. Even when neither team was in the AFC Championship, their presence was almost always felt in the playoffs. So now that it’s down to a relentless defense from the Ravens and a star studded offense from the Patriots, let’s talk injuries.
Word has it that Tom Brady skipped practice on Monday because of a lagging injury to his non-throwing shoulder. For those who sat down to watch Brady teach Tebow how to play football last weekend, it’s hard to remember a time when the New England quarterback was even touched by the defense. So why rest the shoulder? No one knows, but you can bet Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis and the rest of the Ravens will be looking for a chance to put Brady on the ground and further injure that shoulder.
On the other hand, the Baltimore defense was a little shaken up in their win over Houston. Safety Ed Reed slammed into the grass while trying to capture an interception and hasn’t been quite the same since. Apparently, his ankle twisted in the backwards fall, but x-rays determined that he had no serious injury, even though he got up slowly and hobbled off the field. Whether that leads to a shaky performance against the Patriots, well, that’s why they play the game.
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