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Ravens promote Terrence Magee to active roster with Justin Forsett ailing, waive Charles James

Ravens running back Terrence Magee (30) is tackled by Washington Redskins linebacker Dyshawn Davis (48) in the second half of a preseason game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore.
Ravens running back Terrence Magee (30) is tackled by Washington Redskins linebacker Dyshawn Davis (48) in the second half of a preseason game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)

The Ravens today promoted rookie running back Terrence Magee from their practice squad to the 53-man roster, a move that calls into question whether starting tailback Justin Forsett will be ready to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Forsett is dealing with an ankle injury and missed practice for most of the week. He was listed as questionable on the final injury report. He said things were headed in the right direction, but he felt that he'd be a game-time decision.

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If Forsett can't play, that would leave the Ravens with three rookie running backs: likely starter Buck Allen, Raheem Mostert, who was claimed off waivers Wednesday, and Magee.

Magee, an undrafted rookie out of LSU, had a strong preseason and started the year on the Ravens' active roster. However, he did not play in the season opener against the Denver Broncos and then was inactive for Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders.

To make room for Magee on the 53-man roster, the Ravens waived cornerback Charles James, who had just been promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week. James, one of the stars of this year's version of "Hard Knocks," the HBO show that chronicles one NFL team's training camp, signed with the Ravens after he was cut by the Houston Texans.

With James gone and Lardarius Webb doubtful because of a hamstring injury, the Ravens will likely dress only five cornerbacks against the 49ers: Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Kyle Arrington, Asa Jackson and rookie Tray Walker.

The Ravens (1-4) are dealing with a slew of injuries. Wide receivers Darren Waller (concussion) and Breshad Perriman (knee), defensive end Chris Canty (calf) and safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) have already been ruled out for the game. Webb also isn't expected to play.

Forsett, wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. (back) and Chris Givens (ankle), tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf), right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) and rush linebacker Elvis Dumervil (thigh) are all questionable.

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