Ravens had seventh-most players on injured reserve


Injuries hit the Baltimore Ravens hard in 2014. All you have to do is take a look at the long list of names on injured reserve.

The Ravens have placed 19 players on IR, which was the seventh-most in the NFL this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information's MC Barrett. The New York Giants led the NFL with 26 players on IR.

Injuries typically derail a team's season. In fact, only three of the eight teams that had 19 players or more on injured reserve made the playoffs in 2014 (the Ravens, Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys).

The Ravens' IR list includes four starters, three rookie draft picks and two long-snappers. Here is a look at those whose seasons ended early in 2014:


CB Asa Jackson (knee): He just can't stay healthy. Jackson suffered three injuries that sidelined him this season, which makes it hard for the Ravens to depend on him going forward. He does have potential as a No. 3 or No. 4 corner.

TE Dennis Pitta (hip): Two hip injuries have limited him to seven games in two seasons. The Ravens are still waiting to hear whether Pitta will play this season.

CB Jimmy Smith (foot): No injury hurt the Ravens more than this one. The Ravens allowed seven touchdown passes with Smith. They gave up 15 touchdown passes without Smith, their best player at their most vulnerable position.

OT Rick Wagner (foot): He was one of the bigger surprises of the season. In his first-year as a starter, Wagner was the second highest-graded right tackle by Pro Football Focus.


S Terrence Brooks (knee): The third-round pick had an up-and-down rookie season because it took longer than expected for him to learn the defense. Brooks never developed into a starter but he showed promise at times.

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot): The fourth-round pick was underutilized this season, and the Ravens could've used him toward the end of the season when Justin Forsett wasn't as explosive. He ranked fourth among rookie running backs with a 4.2-yard per carry average.

DE Brent Urban (knee): The fourth-round pick had a shot at being the top backup to Chris Canty, but he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on July 30. He'll likely be among those competing for the starting defensive end job if Canty is a salary-cap casualty.


DT Christo Bilukidi (ankle): Claimed off waivers after the Bengals cut him, Bilukidi played a total of 47 snaps in four games before being put on IR.

LB Arthur Brown (hamstring): The team's second-round pick in 2013 has been slow to develop. Brown was only active for four games and didn't play a down on defense.

WR Jeremy Butler (shoulder): He's an undrafted rookie who stood out in the spring offseason workouts but faded in training camp. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has brought up his name a couple of times this offseason when talking about the team's depth at wide receiver.

LS Morgan Cox (knee): He's highly regarded by the organization, but his value actually increased after he suffered a season-ending ACL injury midway through the season. Cox's replacements, Kevin McDermott and Patrick Scales, both struggled at times, putting more emphasis on re-signing their long-snapper of the past five seasons.

CB Danny Gorrer (knee): He was signed midway through the season after being waived by the Detroit Lions. Gorrer was expected to upgrade the cornerback position but he lasted four games before suffering a season-ending injury.

CB Tramain Jacobs (hamstring): The Ravens promoted the undrafted rookie from the practice squad in Week 10 because he provided more upside than Chykie Brown. But Jacobs went down after three games.

DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles): An injury sidelined the former sixth-round pick for a second straight season. Lewis-Moore was placed on injured reserve during training camp after being earmarked as the top backup to Canty in 2014.

LS Kevin McDermott (elbow): He had some shaky moments in his seven games as the replacement for Cox. A high snap disrupted the timing of a field goal in Week 15, his last game with the Ravens.

G Will Rackley (concussion): He lasted only one week in Ravens' training camp in 2014 before getting sidelined the rest of the year with a concussion.

OT Jah Reid (hand): The former third-round pick played a career-low four games and 10 snaps in 2014.

TE Konrad Reuland (foot): He played 26 games for the New York Jets in 2012 and 2013, including three starts. Reuland was signed to the Ravens' practice squad in November but ended the season on IR.

CB Aaron Ross (Achilles): He spent most of the past two seasons on injured reserve. In 2014, Ross tore his Achilles' tendon during the Ravens' conditioning test for training camp and never played a game.