Ravens promote inside linebacker Onwuasor from practice squad

October 15, 2016 | Luke Jones

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With the Ravens ailing at the linebacker position, rookie free agent Patrick Onwuasor was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday.

To make room on the 53-man roster, Baltimore waived offensive lineman Billy Turner, who had been claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins earlier in the week.

A 217-pound converted safety from Portland State, Onwuasor drew attention for his physical play during training camp and collected 12 tackles and a pass breakup in the preseason to earn a spot on the practice squad. With C.J. Mosley doubtful to play with a hamstring injury and Albert McClellan dealing with a calf ailment, Onwuasor is likely to play an immediate role on special teams against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Head coach John Harbaugh said Friday that Turner would not be ready to play this week, but his removal from the 53-man roster would indicate there is optimism that right tackle Rick Wagner (thigh) will at least be active for Sunday’s game. With right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) listed as doubtful, the Ravens would only have six active offensive linemen if Wagner were to join them on the scratch list for Week 6.

Baltimore listed six players as doubtful or out for Sunday’s meeting with the 2-3 Giants.