Moments after coach John Harbaugh said Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore was a candidate to go on injured reserve if the team could find someone to bring onto the 53-man roster in his place, general manager Ozzie Newsome did just that.
The Ravens announced Monday afternoon that Gillmore, their promising second-year tight end whose breakout season was stunted by an early calf injury and, more recently, a back injury, was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
In his place, the team signed free agent outside linebacker Chris Carter.
Gillmore's season ends with the former third-round NFL draft pick having taken a major step forward from his rookie season. As the team's lead tight end, Gillmore caught 33 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.
He caught two touchdown passes in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders, and had his first 100-yard game in Week 11 against the St. Louis Rams.
Carter, a 2011 fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was most recently with the Cincinnati Bengals this season. He played 13 games with Cincinnati this season, all as a reserve, and while he played just 13 percent of the Bengals' defensive snaps, he featured heavily on special teams.
The Bengals waived him last week.
Carter joins a thin position group that featured just three healthy players Sunday -- Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw and Za'Darius Smith. Albert McClellan was out with an ankle injury.
Elsewhere at that position, the Ravens placed practice squad outside linebacker Brennen Beyer on injured reserve and re-signed defensive end Nordly Capi to the practice squad.