The Baltimore Ravens and Ryan Mink are reporting that Ravens wide receiver Darren Waller is heading to injured reserve. He will mark the 12th player that the Ravens have had to put on the bench for the season due to injury.
The sixth-round rookie hurt his hamstring during Monday Night Football and the loss the the Arizona Cardinals. He headed to the locker room and was not seen again. While Waller had little impact on the field as a pass catcher, having only caught 2 passes for 18 yards, he was routinely the first man down the field on punt returns.
The 6-foot-6, 245 pound wide receiver looked to be a long shot to make the team back in training camp, but the Ravens liked his speed and physical traits enough to keep him on board. Fans were excited because his massive frame looked to be a perfect fit for jump balls and in the redzone.
Sadly for the Ravens, the injury bug continues to roll over them, especially at the wide receiver position. First-round pick Breshad Perriman has yet to see any game action after injuring his knee on the first day of training camp. Michael Campanaro hit injured reserve after the Pittsburgh Steelers game in week 4. Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. also had his fair share of injury issues after suffering 4 broken bones in his back during the same week 4 matchup against the Steelers that saw Campanaro in a wheelchair by the end of it.
In Waller's place, the Ravens have activated offensive tackle De'Ondre Wesley from the practice squad. With starting left tackle Eugene Monroe injuring his shoulder on Monday night against the Cardinals, the Ravens had to put backup James Hurst into the action yet again. Monroe has been rather injury prone this season, leaving the Ravens to rely on Hurst at the left tackle spot more games than not, leading Hurst to earning a negative grade from Pro Football Focus. With the severity of Monroe's injury in the air still, Wesley could end up seeing playing time if the Ravens feel that Hurst struggles some more.
To replace Wesley on the practice squad, the Ravens signed offensive tackle Marcel Jones to the practice squad. A former seventh-round pick spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad as well. With wide receiver Jeremy Butler having been activated to the 53-man roster before Monday night's game, the Ravens had another open spot that they filled with running back Terrence Magee. Magee has bounced between the practice squad and the active roster this season because of injuries to Justin Forsett.