BALTIMORE — The Ravens conclude a three-game homestand with major concerns along their offensive line when they host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon.
Having already lost starting center Jeremy Zuttah for the season due to a pectoral tear, the Ravens officially deactivated left guard Kelechi Osemele after he missed two practices with a knee injury this week. Osemele had returned to practice as a full participant on Thursday, but the fourth-year lineman was again absent for the final workout of the week, leading to him being listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week.
While second-year lineman John Urschel already set to make his first NFL start as a center, the Ravens are expected to use 2013 sixth-round pick Ryan Jensen at left guard. Of course, this development is concerning with the Rams possessing one of the most talented defensive lines in the NFL.
Second-year safety Terrence Brooks is active for the first time since suffering a thumb injury in Week 5, but recently-promoted running back Terrance West was deactivated for his first game as a member of the 53-man roster. Newly-signed receiver and punt returner Kaelin Clay is active and could see opportunities in the return game after return specialist Jeremy Ross was cut this past week.
As expected, rookie tight end Nick Boyle (foot) is inactive, but the Ravens will only go with two healthy tight ends in Week 11 after also deactivating tight end Chase Ford, who was signed earlier this week.
After officially ruling out Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn (hip/back) on Saturday, the Rams will welcome back defensive end Chris Long, who had been sidelined for more than a month with a knee injury.
Tony Corrente will be the referee for Sunday’s game.
The Ravens will be wearing purple jerseys and black pants while St. Louis dons its white tops with white pants.
The Sunday afternoon forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures in the upper 40s and winds that could reach 15 miles per hour, according to Weather.com.
Sunday brings the sixth all-time meeting between the Ravens and the Rams with Baltimore owning the 3-2 advantage. St. Louis is seeking its first victory in Baltimore after losing road games in 1996 and 2007.
Below are Sunday’s inactives:
WR Joe Morgan
DE Kapron Lewis-Moore
RB Terrance West
CB Cassius Vaughn
TE Chase Ford
G Kelechi Osemele
TE Nick Boyle
QB Sean Mannion
RB Tre Mason
S Christian Bryant
TE Justice Cunningham
OT Isaiah Battle
OT Rob Havenstein
DE Robert Quinn