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Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects CB Marcus Peters to play vs. Seahawks

Marcus Peters, John Harbaugh, Ravens

Baltimore Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday that he expects newly-acquired cornerback Marcus Peters to play on Sunday, according to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. The Ravens are set to face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 in what will be Peters’ debut.

The trade that sent Peters from the Los Angeles Rams to the Ravens was made on Tuesday night. The deal returned linebacker Kenny Young and a fifth-round pick for the Rams. Later that night, the Rams made a blockbuster trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

The Ravens are in need of an immediate impact from Peters given they are dealing with injuries to cornerback Jimmy Smith (knee) and nickel corner Tavon Young (neck). Smith has missed the team’s last five games while Young has already been ruled out for the remainder of the 2019 season. The expectation is that Peters will start opposite of Marion Humphrey.

The acquisition of Peters has received high praise from key members of the Ravens. Both Harbaugh and safety Earl Thomas have expressed their belief that Peters is one of the top corners in the NFL. Thomas went a step further and stated that the Ravens now have ‘two top-five corners.’

The communication between Peters and the rest of the defense will be an important factor this week against a Seahawks offense led by Russell Wilson. It should help that Peters at least has strong familiarity with the Seahawks given that he played against them on Oct. 3 during the Rams’ 30-29 loss.