Steve Smith Sr., Lorenzo Taliaferro inactive against Browns

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro are both out against the Cleveland Browns.

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., who coach John Harbaugh said a week ago wouldn't play against the Cleveland Browns and didn't practice all week because of microfractures in his back suffered last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, is officially inactive Sunday.

His absence, expected but not confirmed until game-day inactives were released at 11:30 a.m., leaves Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Jeremy Ross, Chris Givens, and rookie Darren Waller active at wide receiver for quarterback Joe Flacco.


Ross and Chris Givens are both active for the first time since being recalled from the practice squad and acquired from the St. Louis Rams, respectively.

Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who has played a limited role since he suffered a foot injury  during his big Week 2 in Oakland, is inactive for the second time in five games this season after missing Week 1 with a sprained MCL.

With the absence of tight end Crockett Gillmore, who was declared inactive with a calf strain Friday, and wide receiver Michael Campanaro on injured reserve with a back injury, the players who have scored six of the Ravens' nine touchdowns are out today. Smith and Gillmore have two each, while Taliaferro and Campanaro each have a rushing touchdown.

Offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, who served as the second backup lineman during the four-week absence of starting left tackle Eugene Monroe, is inactive with James Hurst back on the bench.

Rookie cornerback Tray Walker is active after sitting out the past two games, while cornerback Rashaan Melvin is inactive for the second straight week.

Defensive end Chris Canty (strained calf) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (sprained PCL) were both declared out in Friday's final injury report.