Ravens wide receiver Keenan Reynolds will have to wait until next season to make his NFL regular-season debut. Promoted to the active roster from the practice squad last Friday, the former Navy quarterback was among the Ravens’ seven inactives for the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The move wasn’t a complete surprise, given Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s comments Friday that it was about “next year” for Reynolds. In promoting Reynolds when they did, the Ravens made sure he’ll be on their roster heading into next season. If they hadn’t, Reynolds, a sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft, technically would have been able to sign a reserve-future deal with another organization.
The other six inactives for the Ravens were running back Javorius "Buck" Allen, wide receiver Vince Mayle, tight end Crockett Gillmore, offensive linemen Rick Wagner (concussion) and Ryan Jensen, and linebacker Lamar Louis.
Allen, who started six games as a rookie last year, was inactive for the final five games and eight games overall this season. Gillmore didn’t play the final nine games. The Ravens were awarded a waiver claim on Mayle on Friday, a move that adds a little more depth at wide receiver heading into the offseason.
Wagner, who started 14 of the first 15 games at right tackle, is a free agent following the season, so he may have played his final game as a Raven.
For the Bengals, running back Jeremy Hill (knee) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion/knee) head their list of inactives. Quarterback Jeff Driskel, wide receiver Jake Kumerow, tight end Tyler Kroft, offensive guard Christian Westerman and DeShawn Williams also won't play.