Moments after the Ravens announced his surprise placement on injured reserve with a foot injury on Wednesday, running back Lorenzo Taliaferro sent out a picture on social media of himself in a hospital bed, apparently post-surgery.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh explained Friday how the second-year running back went from probable Friday and a surprise inactive Sunday against the Cleveland Browns to injured reserve.


"It kind of took us by surprise there a little bit," Harbaugh said.

After Taliaferro returned from a sprained MCL that kept him out of Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, he returned to score a touchdown and gain 48 total yards against the Raiders. But he aggravated the foot sprain that ended his season last December in the process.

"He sat out that week [in practice], came back the next week, and just wasn't getting much better," Harbaugh said. "So we sent him to see the foot specialist, I believe it was Dr. [Robert] Anderson, and he just felt like the Lisfranc [foot sprain] had re-emerged from last year.

"They decided not to do surgery on it last year and just let it heal. In some way, it kind of happened again, I guess, so they decided to do surgery right there. He went there, they looked at it, and he stayed to do the surgery."

Taliaferro had said previously the injury was to the same foot he had injured last season, but was not the same injury. He had come into training camp with a leaner physique, primed to seize the backup running back job behind starter Justin Forsett, but ends a second straight season on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Last year, cornerback Jimmy Smith and right tackle Rick Wagner also suffered Lisfranc foot sprains, which impact the middle region of joints and ligaments in the foot. Taliaferro's sprain was not classified as a Lisfranc sprain last season.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun