In a surprising move, the Ravens deactivated running back Justin Forsett for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, meaning Terrance West will get his first start of the season.
Forsett had started at tailback for the team's first three games, but averaged just 3.2 yards on 98 yards on 31 carries. West (Northwestern High, Towson University) is slightly better with a 3.6-yard average on 119 yards on 33 attempts, but he has rushed with more power and less hesitation between the tackles.
On Wednesday, coach John Harbaugh declined to say whether the Ravens were considering making a switch at running back.
"You look at everything," he said. "The first thing we look at is, we look at ourselves. What can we do scheme-wise? Can we block it better? How can the backs read it better? How can they run better? It would be every aspect of our run game we're looking at. We've made lots of changes, we've made lots of tweaks. More than changes, it's just really more seeking to improve, seeking to make it better, and that's what we're trying to do."
The team also made rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley inactive. The sixth overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft had been listed as doubtful after missing three consecutive days of practice with a foot injury.
James Hurst is expected to make his first start of the season at left tackle. The absence of rookie left guard Alex Lewis from the inactive list suggests that the fourth-round pick will be able to start despite practicing only on Friday on a limited basis after being cleared through the concussion protocol.
And outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is active for the first time this season. Dumervil has battled a foot ailment linked to offseason foot surgery, but had said on Thursday that he was planning to play against Oakland.
And running back Javorius Allen, cornerback Jerraud Powers, and guard John Urschel (shoulder) are active for the first time.
The Ravens deactivated cornerbacks Sheldon Price (thigh) and Will Davis, rookie running back Kenneth Dixon (strained medial collateral ligament in left knee), defensive tackle Wille Henry, and rookie outside linebacker Matthew Judon.
The Raiders deactivated offensive tackles Menelik Watson (calf), Austin Howard (ankle) and Matt McCants (knee), safety Nate Allen (quad), QB Connor Cook, cornerback Antonio Hamilton, and running back Taiwan Jones (knee). Staring center Rodney Hudson, who had been questionable because of a knee injury, is expected to play.