There have been some shakeups on the Baltimore Ravens‘ roster since they last played in Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and some changes had to be made with certain personnel before they faced the Cleveland Browns.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said, heading into this contest, that he wanted to focus on bringing guys in who could contribute in any way possible, especially on special teams. Baltimore added safeties Brynden Trawick and Omar Brown to the 53-man roster, along with No. 3 running back Bernard Scott. The only one who could possibly make an impact this week is Brown, as he is the only one of the three active.
Here’s the list of inactives for the Baltimore Ravens: safety Trawick, running back Scott, guard Kelechi Osemele, center Ryan Jensen, wide receiver Brandon Stokley, defensive end DeAngelo Tyson and linebacker John Simon. None of these players will be playing today against the Browns.
The inactives for the Cleveland Browns are offensive lineman Patrick Lewis, Martin Wallace, Garrett Gilkey, and Reid Fragel. Former Ravens defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen will not play against his old club either. Tight end Keavon Milton and linebacker Paul Hazel round out the list of Browns’ inactives.
Some surprising notes from the Ravens’ list are that offensive lineman Jah Reid is active for just the second time all season, rookie Jensen will not be making his NFL debut Sunday, and defensive lineman Terrence Cody will be active for the first time since Baltimore’s Week 3 showdown with the Houston Texans. While we are talking about backups, Reid and Cody may factor into today’s game in some small way.
With Osemele missing the rest of the season due to a back injury, A.Q. Shipley is going to assume the starting role for now. Given that the whole unit has struggled and there isn’t a lot of depth to begin with, it opens the door for guys like Reid and Jensen to compete for a starting spot. That doesn’t mean any issues will be fixed, however.
In regards to Cody, this makes sense because of the release of veteran defensive lineman Marcus Spears. Cody is almost back to full health after battling a nagging knee injury, but it remains to be seen what kind of player the former second-round pick can become for this Ravens team.