Three Ravens had to leave Sunday night’s 23-17 road loss to the New England Patriots with injuries, further depleting a banged-up roster.
In addition to tight end Nick Boyle’s season-ending knee injury, defensive tackle Brandon Williams injured his ankle in the first quarter and cornerback Terrell Bonds suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. Williams and Bonds did not return, and coach John Harbaugh said the team would have an update on their status Monday.
The Ravens already entered Sunday night with a diminished defensive line; Calais Campbell was ruled out because of a calf strain. Campbell, who had made 98 straight starts dating to 2014, leads the Ravens with four sacks this season.
Without Williams in the lineup for a Week 6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles after he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Ravens allowed a season-high 194 rushing yards. The eight-year veteran and 2018 Pro Bowl selection has 20 tackles this season.
With the defense’s top-two linemen sidelined, the Patriots rushed for 173 yards, the most the unit allowed since Week 6.
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Bonds' injury complicates an already banged-up secondary. The Ravens ruled out cornerback Jimmy Smith because of ankle injury, and placed undrafted rookie Khalil Dorsey on injured reserve Tuesday. The team entered Sunday night with just four healthy cornerbacks: Bonds, Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters and Tramon Williams, whom the team signed Tuesday.
Williams hadn’t played since last season’s NFC championship game with the Green Bay Packers, but defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said he could be “plug and play” in the Ravens defense.
Offensive line shuffle
The Ravens made a halftime adjustment to their offensive line, benching D.J. Fluker in favor of Ben Powers, who played at right guard in the second half while Patrick Mekari kicked out to right tackle.
Fluker, who in the aftermath of left tackle Ronnie Stanley’s season-ending ankle injury was making his third start at right tackle since 2014, gave up a sack in the first half.
The Ravens signed Fluker in the offseason to a one-year deal worth $1,075,000. Fluker competed in training camp for the starting right guard position, which ultimately went to rookie Tyre Phillips.
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Powers, a 2019 fourth-round pick, received his most extensive playing time since Week 17 of the 2019 season when he played 30 snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played 18 snaps in a Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, splitting snaps with Mekari at right guard.
Harbaugh after the game did not signal that this was a permanent change.
“We’re trying to find the right combination there right now in terms of being successful and that’s why we made that move at that time,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not the end for D.J. at all, it’s just that game, this night, we felt like that was going to give us the best chance.”