Jaleel Scott’s season ended before it really began.
The Ravens’ final pick of three fourth-round draft choices in April, the rookie wide receiver was placed on injured reserve, the team announced Monday.
Scott was not reported to be dealing with an injury, but he did not play in Saturday night’s 27-10 victory at the Miami Dolphins.
At 6 feet 5, the 210-pound Scott was the tallest wide receiver on the roster and viewed as a potential red-zone target for quarterback Joe Flacco. But the former New Mexico State standout seemed to struggle in his transition to the professional level, catching only one pass for nine yards on five targets. After playing 59 snaps on offense in the first two preseason games against the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams, Scott played only three snaps against the Indianapolis Colts.
Scott’s move to injured reserve provides a little relief for a crowded position. While Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead IV and Chris Moore are locks to make the active roster, Tim White, Breshad Perriman, DeVier Posey and rookies Jordan Lasley, Janarion Grant and Andre Levrone are competing for one or two coveted spots.
The Ravens re-signed cornerback Robertson Daniel to fill the spot previously occupied by Scott. Daniel has spent time on the active roster and practice squad in each of the previous two seasons before getting waived May 3.
Comical moment: One of the more unusual moments of Saturday’s game occurred in the first quarter. As kicker Justin Tucker lined up for what would have been a 56-yard field-goal attempt, Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso realized that he had retreated to the Ravens sideline.
Alonso began to run back to Miami’s side but returned to the Ravens sideline after it was evident that he would not be able to make it before Tucker kicked. Alonso was flagged for delay of game, and Tucker’s try from 51 yards was blocked by Dolphins defensive tackle Vincent Taylor.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who had a front-row seat during the scene, said he was as mystified by Alonso’s presence on the wrong sideline, as many others were.
“He was just standing there like he belonged there,” he said. “Some of our guys think he did it on purpose. I don’t think so. He seemed a little out of it. I guess he got spun around, tipped upside down, turned over twice, and didn’t know which side he was on. It was pretty funny.”
Injury updates: Offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley (right knee strain) and James Hurst (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, although they were not on the field at the end of the session. The duo did not practice Wednesday and Thursday and did not play Saturday night, but Harbaugh was happy to see them back. “It’s great to get healthy on the offensive line,” he said. “It’s great to see those guys out there practicing. Just as I mentioned last week, they were short term-type injuries, and that’s fortunately what they turned out to be.” … The team practiced without safeties Bennett Jackson (undisclosed) and rookie DeShon Elliott (fractured left forearm), cornerback Maurice Canady (muscle strain), defensive tackle Willie Henry (umbilical hernia surgery) and three rookies in tight end Hayden Hurst (stress fracture in foot), inside linebacker Alvin Jones (unspecified) and offensive tackle Greg Senat (right foot).