Sam Adams

Eight is a crowd at defensive line for the Ravens, but it's one they feel worth keeping

Eight is a crowd at defensive line for the Ravens, but it's one they feel worth keeping

As they looked around the defensive line room back in late July, they knew there were eight legitimate NFL players in there. They just didn’t figure that all of them would still be Ravens when the season began.

NFL teams rarely keep eight defensive linemen. Some teams don’t even carry seven. With injuries littering their roster – the offensive line was hit particularly hard – the Ravens didn’t appear to have the luxury of holding onto eight players at a position where they’d only dress five or six on game days. Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged as much on a couple of occasions during training camp.

Yet, three weeks into the season, all eight defensive linemen are still...

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