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Hoping to get the post-bye portion of their schedule off on a positive note, the Ravens travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns for the 30th time in franchise history.
Baltimore hopes to improve upon a disappointing 3-4 start while debuting a new look on the offensive line following Friday’s news that left guard Kelechi Osemele is expected to miss the rest of the season with a back injury. Backup center A.Q. Shipley will start in his place and receive the first opportunity to hold down the job with the likes of Jah Reid and Ryan Jensen potentially in the mix moving forward.
Reid is active for only his second game this season and for the first time since Week 3 and will serve as the primary backup guard while the rookie Jensen is inactive for Sunday’s game.
Reserve defensive tackle Terrence Cody is also active for the first time since injuring his knee in Week 3 against the Houston Texans. His return along with the emergence of rookie Brandon Williams prompted the Ravens to part ways with veteran Marcus Spears earlier this week.
Linebacker Josh Bynes is active after he missed his first game of the season in Pittsburgh two weeks ago due to undergoing finger surgery, but he will mostly serve on special teams as veteran Jameel McClain regained his starting job at weakside inside linebacker in Week 7.
After being listed as questionable and practicing on a limited basis all week, veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley is inactive for the third straight game as he continues to manage a groin injury he’s dealt with since the end of September.
Newly-signed No.3 running back Bernard Scott is listed as inactive as he’s still in the process of getting acclimated to the Baltimore offensive system.
The Ravens will be meeting a Browns offense looking different from the group we saw in Baltimore in Week 2 as veteran Jason Campbell will receive his second straight start behind center and big-play wide receiver Josh Gordon is available after serving a two-game suspension to begin the 2013 season. The Browns also feature former Raven Willis McGahee at running back, but, much like the Ravens, Cleveland has been unable to get its running game going all season.
Campbell will be making his second career start against the Ravens and replaced Brandon Weeden in the fourth quarter of the Baltimore’s Week 2 win over Cleveland. That lone start came in 2008 when Campbell threw for 218 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions in a 24-10 win for Baltimore in a win over Washington.
Baltimore will be trying to extend its winning streak to 12 straight over the Cleveland Browns while also improving to 6-0 coming off the bye week in the John Harbaugh era. The Ravens are 10-4 all-time in Cleveland and lead the regular-season series by a 22-7 margin since 1999.
The Ravens will be wearing white jerseys with black pants while Cleveland dons brown jerseys with white pants on Sunday afternoon.
Scott Green will be the referee for Sunday’s game in Cleveland. Forecasts are calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-40s and winds up to nine miles per hour.
Here are Sunday’s inactives:
S Brynden Trawick
RB Bernard Scott
G Kelechi Osemele
C Ryan Jensen
WR Brandon Stokley
DE DeAngelo Tyson
LB John Simon
OL Patrick Lewis
OL Martin Wallace
OL Garrett Gilkey
OL Reid Fragel
DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen
TE Keavon Milton
LB Paul Hazel
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