Baltimore Ravens

[Update] Vladimir Ducasse expected to start at right guard for Marshal Yanda

Vladimir Ducasse will make his first start with the Ravens at right guard, filling in for injured five-time Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda in the Ravens' Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium.

Though John Urschel was the expected replaement, Ducasse lined up with the starting offensive line during pregame warm-ups.


Although it will be Ducasse's first start with the team, it will be the 23rd of his career. Ducasse has not started since Jan. 3, 2016 when he was a member of the Chicago Bears.

The 6-foot-5, 329-pound Ducasse is in his seventh year in the NFL, having played for the New York Jets, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Bears.


Yanda started in Sunday's 21-14 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers after a two-game absence because of a shoulder injury, but did not practice Monday and Tuesday before being listed as doubtful in Wednesday's final injury report. Yanda has been deactivated for the game against Cleveland.

Ryan Jensen, who started in Yanda's place in back-to-back losses to the New York Giants and New York Jets, has been scratched.

The Ravens also deactivated outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and rookie Kamalei Correa (thigh), tight end Crockett Gillmore (hamstring), rookie defensive tackle Willie Henry, and cornerback Shareece Wright (hamstring).

The Browns will play without starting cornerback Jamar Taylor. He did not practice all week due to a groin injury. The team also scratched quarterback Joe Callahan, right guard Jonathan Cooper, defensive end Xavier Cooper, center Gabe Ikard, outside linebacker Corey Lemonier, and rookie wide receiver Jordan Payton.