A shorthanded Ravens defense's search for answers has opened a place in the rotation for second-year inside linebacker Zachary Orr. In 12 defensive snaps Monday against the Arizona Cardinals, Orr had three solo tackles and his first career sack, a fourth-quarter takedown of quarterback Carson Palmer that set up a blocked punt.
The Ravens are using Orr as an extra inside linebacker alongside C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith, in some cases freeing Mosley to rush the passer without sacrificing their presence in the middle of the defense.
"Just trying to give defenses different looks and everything, find ways to make plays out there, whether it's pressuring or covering, just mixing things up a little bit," Orr said. "It feels good that the coaches and my teammates have got faith in me to go out there and play on defense, play meaningful snaps."
The Ravens haven't forced a turnover since Week 3, which defensive coordinator Dean Pees attributed to the defense's lack of aggressiveness. "You get turnovers when you play really aggressive and not sometimes on your heels," Pees said. "We haven't created them. It's our fault." … Special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg called Jeremy Ross' punt return fumble Monday "unfortunate," pointing out that Ross has made significant strides with his ball security. … Nine Chargers did not practice Thursday, including starting tight end Antonio Gates (knee), guard Orlando Franklin (knee), inside linebackers Manti Te'o (ankle) and Denzel Perryman (biceps) and safety Eric Weddle (groin).