The Ravens kick return game could be jump-started by a familiar face or a new one.
With Josh Wilson deactivated after suffering a hamstring injury in last Sunday's 31-17 victory over the Denver Broncos, the team will likely lean on Jalen Parmele to return kicks against the New England Patriots this Sunday. Parmele has averaged 23 yards on 12 returns this season.
But don't count out rookie David Reed. He averaged 25.4 yards on 25 returns as a junior at the University of Utah en route to earning honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference honors.
Wilson had been limited in practice last Thursday and Friday and was questionable for the game. Another injury scratch is defensive end Paul Kruger, who had been limited Thursday and Friday by a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and was doubtful for the game.
One concern averted is the availability of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Despite injuring his left knee in the win against Denver, Ngata had assured the media that he would play against New England.
The Ravens also deactivated offensive tackles Jared Gaither (thoracic disk in back) and Scott Kooistra, defensive tackles Lamar Divens and rookie Arthur Jones, wide receiver Donte' Stallworth (broken bone in left foot) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (dislocated left shoulder).
The Patriots scratched running backs Fred Taylor (toe) and Thomas Clayton, offensive linemen Mark LeVoir and Rich Ohrnberger, safety James Sanders (hamstring), cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot), wide receiver Taylor Price and defensive lineman Kyle Love.