Report: Ravens get big boost as Chiefs suffer major blow ahead of AFC Championship Game

Orel Dizon
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Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs are gearing up for their AFC Championship matchup on Sunday. However, injuries might come into play in different manners for both sides.

Baltimore has received a piece of good news, as cornerback Marlon Humphrey has reportedly received clearance to play after a positive workout prior to the contest.

On the other hand, the Chiefs are set to be without linebacker Willie Gay Jr., whose neck spasms appear to have gotten worse hours before the conference championship game.

Humphrey, who was first-team All-Pro in the 2019 season and has made three Pro Bowls in the past several years, made just 10 appearances during the 2023 regular season while dealing with a nagging calf injury that has affected him since late December. Humphrey might not be at full strength.

Even so, the Ravens might need his defensive contribution to help limit the reigning champion and its star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

As for Gay, he was in a pensive mood after Kansas City defeated the Miami Dolphins in the wild-card round because that may have been his last game at Arrowhead Stadium. A free agent at the end of this campaign, the fourth-year pro implied that he could take his talents elsewhere in the offseason.

He may have already suited up for the last time for the Chiefs.

Kansas City is already facing an uphill battle against the Ravens. Not only will Mahomes and company have to deal with a rowdy Baltimore crowd, but they are also dealing with injuries to other players. Some of the names on the injury report include Kadarius Toney and Joe Thuney.

Still, it’s tough to write Mahomes off, as the two-time MVP has often found a way to deliver wins for the Chiefs. For instance, this is the sixth time in as many years that the squad is playing in the AFC Championship Game.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will certainly do his best, though, to provide Baltimore with an offense good enough to take down Kansas City and reach his first-ever Super Bowl.

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Orel's passion for sports stems from following Michael Jordan’s last title runs with the Chicago Bulls and his namesake Orel Hershiser’s Cleveland Indians tenure in the late 1990s.