EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – The Ravens will be severely shorthanded for Sunday’s game against the Giants in Week 6.
Right guard Marshal Yanda, inside linebacker C. J. Mosley, wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., left tackle Ronnie Stanley, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, punt returner Devin Hester, and defensive tackle Willie Henry all inactive.
Stanley will be missing his third game with a foot injury, while Yanda will miss his first game of the season with an injured shoulder.
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That leaves the Ravens without two key offensive lineman, and will force them to improvise their protection in front of quarterback Joe Flacco.
Alex Lewis was expected to start at left tackle, moving from left guard, with John Urschel taking over at left guard. Either Rick Wagner or James Hurst was expected to start at right tackle.
Smith leads the team in receiving yards (310) and is trusted by Flacco in clutch situations. Without Smith, the Ravens will need other receivers to step up in Marty Mornhinweg’s first game as offensive coordinator.
Mosley, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, was off to another terrific start to the season, but he suffered a pulled hamstring Week 5 against the Redskins, trying to return an interception for a touchdown. Mosley is normally the Ravens’ defensive signal caller, meaning someone else would have to assume that role.
With Hester out, someone else would have to handle the Ravens’ kickoff and punt return duties. Starting safety Lardarius Webb could be pressed into service as a punt returner, with wide receiver Chris Moore and running back Kenneth Dixon both candidates to handle kickoff returns.