OWINGS MILLS – Justin Forsett’s role with the Ravens seems to be disappearing.
Terrance West started and rushed for 113 yards against the Raiders. Buck Allen was the No. 2 back in Week 4, while Forsett was deactivated. With rookie running back Kenneth Dixon expected to return soon from his knee injury, Forsett is in a tenuous position, turning 31 years old on October 14 and sliding down the depth chart.
When asked if Forsett still had a future with the Ravens, Harbaugh said, "Of course." But he guaranteed nothing about his playing time.
“Justin Forsett is a highly-respected, highly-valued guy in my eyes, and in the eyes of all of us,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a competitive world that we’re in, it’s a competitive league, it’s a competitive sport. He knows that as well as anybody. It doesn’t diminish him in any way, it just enhances him in my mind in terms of how he handled it.
“All those personnel things are all to be determined. You can’t say anything about where anything is going to go, because you just don’t know.”
This has already been a strange season for Forsett, who was cut the weekend before Week 1, only to be re-signed a few days later. But if West is productive, healthy and avoids fumbling, there is little reason to think the Ravens will go back to Forsett as the starter. That leaves Forsett not only as the Ravens' oldest back, but perhaps the least secure.