Needing help in the return game, the Ravens promoted wide receiver and return specialist Jeremy Ross to the 53-man roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Baltimore signed the 27-year-old to its practice squad at the start of the regular season after he was cut by Detroit in early September. Ross is expected to be in the return mix for the Ravens after second-year receiver Michael Campanaro suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 4, and he also gives them a fifth healthy receiver with Steve Smith and rookie Breshad Perriman currently injured.
Defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi was waived to make room on the roster after he was inactive for the first four games of the season.
After previously spending time with New England, Indianapolis, and Green Bay, Ross found success over the last two seasons with the Lions, returning a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns during the 2013 season. The 6-foot, 215-pound receiver also made 24 receptions for 314 yards and a touchdown last season.
Despite his ability in the return game, Ross has had problems with ball security, including a critical muffed punt for the Packers in a playoff loss to San Francisco during the 2012 season. The Cal product also fumbled three times as a return man for the Lions last season.
Playing in 34 games and making 15 starts in his four-year career, Ross was the only player in the NFL to score a touchdown by reception, punt return, and kickoff return during the 2013 season. He’s caught 30 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns while also averaging 12.3 yards per punt return and 25.2 yards per kick return in his NFL career.