OWINGS MILLS – Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro became the latest Ravens player to see his season end prematurely, placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury. The Ravens signed ex-Dolphins running back Raheem Mosert to the 53-man roster to replace Taliaferro.
Losing Taliaferro should mean an increased role for rookie running back Buck Allen as the backup to starter Justin Forsett. Meanwhile, Forsett missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury suffered during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. If Forsett does not play, or is limited, Allen could be the Ravens’ featured back Sunday. Allen a fourth-round pick from USC, had eight carries for 58 yards Sunday against the Browns.
“Buck Allen’s done a really good job,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Wednesday. “You’ve seen him run the ball well, and pass-blocking has not been a problem. He’s been on his assignments, he’s been willing to stick his nose in there and block people, and he’s a good receiver out of the backfield. I think he’s come a long way. He’s a good back.”
Taliaferro was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and beat out Allen in training camp to be the No. 2 back. However, Taliaferro had been battling foot problems for a few weeks, and may have suffered a setback. It was a surprise when he did not play Sunday, after being listed as probable on the injury report two days earlier.
Now the Ravens will hope that Forsett’s ankle responds quickly, and that Allen will respond to an opportunity for more playing time.