The Ravens' first priority should be ending a two-game losing skid. Whether they will have their full complement of players to accomplish that task is a different question.

The team lost wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, right tackle Rick Wagner, and cornerback Sheldon Price to injuries at various junctures of Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium. None of those four players returned to the game.


Wide receiver Mike Wallace got hurt on the offense's final attempt to tie the score.

Smith, who left after catching a 7-yard pass in the first quarter, told a group of reporters that he was not talking. "I rolled my ankle," he said. "Write that [expletive]."

When asked how the ankle felt, Smith replied, "How does it feel? It feels like [expletive]."

Mosley injured his hamstring while trying to return his interception for a touchdown in the third quarter and said he would undergo an MRI on Monday.

Wagner is battling a thigh ailment suffered in the second quarter. "We don't know too much," he said. "I only saw the doctor for, like, two minutes. We'll do some tests tomorrow and have a better idea."

Price – starting for usual starter Shareece Wright, who was described by team officials as battling back spasms – injured his left hamstring in the first quarter. His left thigh was heavily taped after the game.

Wallace absorbed a shot to his ribs from Washington inside linebacker Will Compton while trying to catch a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco on fourth-and-8 from the Ravens' 21.

"I wanted to bounce up fast, but that one kind of got me," Wallace said. "I think that is the longest I have ever been down in my career."

The loss of several of those players was evident during the game. Without Smith, the offense lacked their leading receiver, and Flacco threw for a season-low 210 yards.

Albert McClellan moved from outside linebacker to man Mosley's inside linebacker position. Marshal Yanda shifted from his usual right guard spot to replace Wagner at right tackle, with Ryan Jensen filling the opening at right guard. Rookie Tavon Young replaced Price on the outside.

Young gets extended playing time: With Wright being inactive and Price getting injured, the defense turned to rookie Tavon Young, who joined starter Jimmy Smith in covering Redskins receivers on the outside.

"All week, coach told me that I was the next man up, so I was ready," said Young, the first of the club's five picks in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft. "Once my moment came, I just went out there and played with confidence. I just did what I know."

Harbaugh took note of Young's performance, which included three takcles. "Tavon has played well," Harbaugh said. "I think Tavon's had a really good season as a rookie. He's played five good games for us, whether we put him inside or in the slot."

Lewis gets start at left tackle: Rookie Alex Lewis made his first start at left tackle since graduating from the University of Nebraska for the injured Ronnie Stanley (foot), and acquitted himself well.

The team's fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft did not allow a sack or commit a penalty Sunday, but said there was room for improvement.

"It's like being on a bike again, but I've got to be consistent," said Lewis, who started the first three games at left guard. "I've got to be more consistent out on the edge there, and we've got to keep Joe upright."

John Urschel, who started at left guard, surrendered a sack to Washington defensive end Ziggy Hood in the second quarter, but was not flagged for a penalty.

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