According to the Ravens, back spasms – not recent struggles – contributed to starting cornerback Shareece Wright being deactivated for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium.
When word of Wright's inactive status circulated Sunday morning, the initial thinking was that he had been benched. Although he did rank third on the defense in tackles with 21, Wright gave up five touchdowns in his last three games including two Derek Carr-to-Michael Crabtree scores in the 28-27 loss to the Oakland Raiders a week ago.
Wright was not listed on the team's injury report last week.
Rookie Tavon Young and Sheldon Price could get the first shot at starting opposite Jimmy Smith. With Will Davis being active for the first time this season, he and Jerraud Powers, who is available for the second week in a row, could also see some extended playing time.
The Ravens also deactivated rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley for the second week in a row. The sixth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft has been bothered by a foot injury for more than two weeks now.
Rookie Alex Lewis, who played left tackle at the University of Nebraska in 2014 and 2015 before starting the first three games with the Ravens at left guard, will start in Stanley's spot. John Urschel is expected to start at left guard.
In addition to Stanley and Wright, the Ravens deactivated rookie inside linebacker Kamalei Correa, rookie defensive tackle Willie Henry, safety Marqueston Huff, rookie outside linebacker Matthew Judon, and rookie wide receiver Chris Moore. This marks the first time Correa and Moore have been healthy scratches in their young careers.
Return specialist Devin Hester Sr., who had missed two practices last week because of a thigh ailment and was listed as questionable, is active.
Washington deactivated cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland (strained tendon in ankle) and Dashaun Phillips (hamstring), rookie inside linebacker Su'a Cravens (concussion), rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson (Achilles tendon), rookie defensive end Anthony Lanier, right tackle Vinston Painter and rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld.