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Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah going to injured reserve

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Another one bites the dust. The Ravens have just announced that center Jeremy Zuttah is heading to injured reserve with a pectoral injury. Backup John Urschel will be the starting center for the remainder of the season.

Zuttah going to IR marks the 17th player to go on injured reserve this season for the Ravens. It is second overall in the NFL, right behind the Pittsburgh Steelers with their 19 players on IR. Earlier this week, the Ravens finally put first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman on injured reserve and also waived cornerback Asa Jackson with an injury designation.

Jeremy Zuttah was hurt against the San Diego Chargers, coming out of the game with an apparent shoulder injury. With the bye week the following week, the Ravens were able to get Zuttah feeling good enough to start against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, he re-injured his shoulder in the game, making way for the Urschel to finish it out. This marks the first game that Zuttah has missed since 2011, going 65 games straight.

Many fans will be frightened for Urschel starting since he had such a hard time snapping the ball to quarterback Joe Flacco. Hopefully with a full week of practice, the two can get into better sync and those snap issues will resolve themselves. Outside of bad snaps, Urschel did well in blocking and many expect that the Ravens will take a hard look at trading or cutting Zuttah at the end of the season for cap space and promoting Urschel into the starting spot.

Urschel caught a pass earlier this season against the Arizona Cardinals, but was incorrectly ruled as an ineligible receiver by the officials, despite clearly signalling properly.

The Ravens will get their best chance of the season to see if Urschel is the player that they thought he was to start the season. If he is, Zuttah might have seen his last snaps as a Raven.