Rookie free safety Terrence Brooks has disappeared from the Ravens' defense since getting beat for a touchdown by New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston three games ago.
Brooks stood in the end zone and waited for the ball to arrive instead of aggressively reacting to a throw from Drew Brees, a hesitation that cost him his role on the defense.
The third-round draft pick from Florida State was a healthy scratch Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and played strictly on special teams snaps two weeks ago against the San Diego Chargers.
Now, Brooks is hoping for another chance, one that may not come this season as the Ravens' safety situation has settled a bit. Veterans Will Hill and Jeromy Miles have been playing, with Matt Elam in relief.
"I'm hoping," Brooks said. "I'm just waiting on another opportunity. Some guys already told me it's the life of a rookie. There's ups and downs. I just hope I get another chance to get into a groove. Only time will tell that.
"We're whittling down to a few more games, so we'll see how it works out. You always want to contribute, but the coaches want to play who they think is ready to play right now and what's the best situation for us. That's out of my hands right now."
Brooks has 19 tackles, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery in 10 games this season.
His top play this season was a devastating hit on Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker.
"That was definitely one of the ups," Brooks said. "I got to keep making plays and stay consistent. It's all a learning phase. I feel like once we get out of this year, I got all this experience and I know what it takes being in the league.
"I actually learned a lot. I learned some of the things you did in college you can't do in this level. I got a high future for me."