"I’ve always watched them play, and I’ve always admired how they played, the style they play and just everything about them," said Ravens newest linebacker Jason Babin. "So, to be a part of this defense is really special to me."
Veteran pass rusher Jason Babin, who was signed to give the Ravens a pass rush boost after the loss of Terrell Suggs, is inactive for a second straight game.
Instead, the Ravens will play with three outside linebackers — Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw, and rookie Za'Darius Smith — in an effort to improve the pass rush from last week's loss against the Oakland Raiders.
Otherwise, the Ravens' inactive list is devoid of many surprises. Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who returned last week from a knee injury that kept him out in Week 1, missed two days and was limited Friday with a foot injury, is active.
So is safety Will Hill, who was absent Friday with a knee issue.
The return of cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who missed nearly a month with a hamstring issue, likely cost rookie cornerback Tray Walker his roster spot.
Cornerback Will Davis, acquired on Monday from the Miami Dolphins, will have to wait to make his Ravens debut. Defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi also has to wait for his 2015 debut, as he's inactive for the third straight game.
Left tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion), defensive end Chris Canty (calf), and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (sprained knee) were all declared out on Friday's injury report.
Perriman, who returned to practice Thursday after eight weeks out, warmed up and appeared to be close to full strength before apparently re-aggravating his knee late in warmups.
Wide receiver Greg Little, wide receiver Mario Alford, cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, tight end C.J. Uzomah, and defensive linemen Marcus Hardison, Pat Sims, Margus Hunt are inactive for the Bengals.