Ten Ravens who were healthy enough to play in Thursday night's 34-31 win against the Washington Redskins instead never stepped onto the field at M&T Bank Stadium.
One of those players was offensive tackle/guard Oniel Cousins, who expressed confusion at his place on the sideline.
"I'm competing, but I don't know what the deal is," he said.
Cousins, the club's third-round pick in 2008, has been groomed as an offensive tackle, but he started at right guard in the team's 31-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 19.However, two days after the organization signed free agent offensive lineman Mark LeVoir on Sunday, LeVoir lined up at right guard and rookie Jah Reid played right tackle. That configuration held up on Thursday night with LeVoir and Reid anchoring the right side of the offensive line well into the fourth quarter.
The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Cousins said he didn't have an answer for his absence from the offensive line.
"I really don't know what's going on, to be honest with you," he said. "I guess they were just rotating to see where we'll be."
Coach John Harbaugh spoke in general terms about the offensive line, and he emphasized that with the recent introductions of LeVoir and former Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie and the slow rehabilitation of center Matt Birk (left knee surgery), the front five is in a state of flux.
"We're going to be putting this offensive line together for the next couple of weeks before we play, and realistically, we're going to be improving throughout the early part of the season," Harbaugh said. "So that's just where we're going to be."