With starting safety Kendrick Lewis sidelined by a bone bruise in his knee and reserve Terrence Brooks out with a thumb injury, longtime special teamer Brynden Trawick was rewarded with his most extensive defensive snaps to date on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, and could see his role expand Monday against the Arizona Cardinals.
"I'm getting some of those reps, me and [Anthony] Levine," Trawick said this week. "We're both rotating in there, just getting reps and getting prepared to play because you never know what happens. As you could see last Sunday, you never know. Everybody has to be up."
Trawick, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2013, has appeared in 28 games over three seasons with the Ravens. But outside of goal-line packages, he has seldom played on defense.
"It was definitely exciting, humbling," Trawick said. "It was a learning experience, too. All the emotions wrapped up into one. It was a good experience. We didn't come out with the win, but I'm happy with how the defense played and how I played."
Said coach John Harbaugh: "Brynden played well on Sunday. He was in the right spot, tackled well. ... That is what you'd expect."
Trawick and Levine have been staples of the special teams unit over the past few seasons — Trawick's five special teams tackles lead the team this year. But whether Trawick starts if Lewis is out remains unclear.
Another option could be playing cornerback Kyle Arrington, who has some experience at safety.
"I like to be on the football field," Arrington said. "I was out there playing defensive end in New England for a stretch. I guess, the more you can do, the more versatility you [have], the more beneficial it is to your team and also yourself."