The Ravens were without the services of Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata during Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears. Ngata injured his left knee in last week’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished that game but was listed as questionable heading into Sunday and did not suit up.
With Ngata sidelined against the bears, Terrence Cody got his first start of the season at nose tackle. He played a season-high 35 defensive snaps out of a possible 62 snaps and was credited with one tackle.
Defensive end Chris Canty and defensive tackle Arthur Jones saw an increase in playing time with Ngata out, playing 48 and 46 snaps respectively. Second-year defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, who had a sack, played 11 snaps. Rookie nose tackle Brandon Williams, who was inactive last week, played just five.
Here are other observations from the official snap counts:
--- Wide receiver Marlon Brown was also sidelined against the Bears, and it was Tandon Doss, not Jacoby Jones, who reaped the benefits. Doss played a season-high 60 snaps and led the Ravens with 37 receiving yards on three catches. Meanwhile, Jones, who had two catches for 18 yards, played 37 snaps and Deonte Thompson, who had one catch for 11 yards, was right behind him with 34. Torrey Smith again led the wide receivers in playing time, playing 75 out of a possible 78 snaps.
--- Fullback Vonta Leach played 18 snaps, his highest total since the Week 5 win over the Miami Dolphins. His presence seemed to benefit running back Ray Rice, who played 59 snaps and rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown. Backup running back Bernard Pierce played 19 snaps and had just 18 yards on his 10 carries.
--- Strong safety James Ihedigbo had not missed a snap before Sunday’s game, but he sat out one snap after he got banged up while making a tackle. He played 61 out of a possible 62 snaps and free safety Matt Elam played 59. Jeromy Miles, who had played almost exclusively on special teams before Sunday, played five in relief of those two.
--- Elvis Dumervil played just 26 snaps in the loss. Courtney Upshaw, who splits time with him at strong-side linebacker, played 43. Rush linebacker Terrell Suggs played 53 snaps and his backup, Pernell McPhee, played 11.
--- Ed Dickson played 54 snaps at tight end, but he had just one catch for 16 yards. Dallas Clark, who played 23 snaps, got his 500th career catch and kept the team's hopes alive with a one-handed catch on fourth down in the four quarter. Those were his only two catches, though.
--- Middle linebacker Daryl Smith played every snap, but it was a revolving door next to him at the weak-side linebacker position. Jameel McClain played 30 snaps. Josh Bynes played 18. And rookie Arthur Brown played 14.
--- Seven Ravens played 20 or more snaps on special teams. Those players were Anthony Levine, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan, Brynden Trawick, Jeromy Miles, Chykie Brown and Kyle Juszczyk.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun