Prior to this season, Chris Carr had never been injured, playing in 96 consecutive games. But the Ravens cornerback sat out seven contests because of hamstring and back injuries.
Carr endured another “first” as he was deactivated in the team’s 20-13 victory over the Houston Texans in Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff round despite being healthy for the first time in his career.
Coach John Harbaugh said the decision to scratch Carr – who started all 16 games at cornerback last season – was based on the need to activate six defensive linemen against Houston running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
“[N]ormally Chris is up,” Harbaugh said Monday. “Obviously, Chris is a big part of what we’re doing, especially when we play teams that throw the ball a lot. So that could be a big factor this week. We put an extra defensive lineman up this week because of the type of offense we were playing. Special teams was a part of that decision, too.”
Chris Carr a healthy scratch for first time in career
Cornerback had played in 96 straight contests prior to this season
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