DENVER — Outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith will have to wait at least a week to make his NFL regular-season debut.
The rookie fourth-round draft pick was declared inactive for the Ravens' game against the Denver Broncos, leaving the team with just Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw at outside linebacker.
Starting defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who was listed as doubtful on the injury report because of a knee injury, and reserve cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who is dealing with a groin injury, were also declared out. Rookie Carl Davis is expected to start in Jernigan's spot and either rookie Tray Walker or safety Anthony Levine could be used as the fourth cornerback with Melvin out.
The other four inactive players were running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee), wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee), offensive lineman Ryan Jensen and defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi. Both Jensen and Bilukidi are healthy scratches.
Perriman and Taliaferro were both declared out on Friday's final injury report. Perriman, who hasn't practiced since July 30, worked out on the field before the game but he didn't do much more than catch footballs and jog in place.
Taliaferro, who sprained his knee against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 22, also worked out on the field before the game and looked to be running and cutting without limitations. He could be a candidate to return for next Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.