Looking to add depth to their offensive line with both starting offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley and Rick Wagner dealing with injuries, the Ravens on Tuesday re-signed veteran Vladimir Ducasse who was one of their final roster cuts this summer.
Ducasse takes the roster spot of young cornerback Sheldon Price, who was placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury. Price started at cornerback in Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins in place of an injured Shareece Wright, but he was forced to exit the game early in the first quarter.
The Ravens now have five defensive backs on IR: Price, Kyle Arrington, Jumal Rolle, Matt Elam and Maurice Canady. Price's injury could lead to Wright regaining his starting spot, assuming he's healthy, or Will Davis having a bigger role. Davis was active for the first time this season in Sunday's loss.
Ducasse, a second-round pick by the New York Jets in 2010, had a good preseason for the Ravens. He's primarily a guard, but he has played some offensive tackle as well.
Ducasse (6 feet 5, 329 pounds) has started 21 games over the previous three seasons for three different teams. He played for the New York Jets in 2013, the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 and the Chicago Bears last year.
Injuries to Stanley (foot) and Wagner (thigh), and the struggles of backup offensive tackle James Hurst forced the Ravens to move right guard Marshal Yanda to right tackle Sunday when Wagner went down.
Rookie fourth-round pick Alex Lewis made his first NFL start at left tackle with John Urschel at left guard and Jeremy Zuttah at center. Ryan Jensen was inserted at right guard when Yanda moved out to tackle.
"I feel like we could have guys in better spots than we had them in on Sunday," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "That is by necessity, that is what we had to do. Guys did their best, but it wasn't our best group out there."