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It was an inevitable choice as Baltimore Ravens rusher Justin Forsett had snapped his arm in two against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but the Ravens took a little time to make it official. With a set of moves today, the Ravens have sent running back Justin Forsett to injured reserve, ending his 2015 season.
The Ravens rusher ends his season with 641 yards, 4.2 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns. While not quite the same production that sent him to his first Pro Bowl last year, it is still a solid workload given the Ravens offensive injury woes.
Having lost Steve Smith Sr. to a torn Achilles, wide receiver Michael Campanaro, center Jeremy Zuttah for the season and a host of other weekly injuries, the Ravens offense went from being a potentially high powered one to an offense that was trying to make due with second and third-string players.
With Forsett going to injured reserve, the Ravens officially activate defensive end Brent Urban, likely allowing him to see his first action as a Raven on Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns in a few days. Urban has been a player that fans and media has loved, but has just not been able to stay healthy enough to see the field. Having torn his ACL in training camp last year, he missed the entire season. At the end of training camp, he tore his biceps muscle, putting him on temporary injured reserve this season. Now that he is healthy and has been practicing, he should be able to make his debut finally.
At 6-foot-7 and having a near 35-inch arm length, Urban has been able to bat down balls regularly at the line of scrimmage. When the giant Urban puts his arms up, he completely takes away a throwing lane for a quarterback, upping his potential value on a defensive line that has been able to get penetration all season long, mainly with Brandon Williams.
With the loss of Terrell Suggs in the first game of the season against the Denver Broncos, the Ravens will also look for Urban to rush the passer a bit and showcase some of the skills that a man of his size would have. Even though he doesn't have a lot of other techniques, Urban has the strength side to bull rush most offensive lineman back. Teaming up with Brandon Williams, he should be able to clear some of the double teams that Williams has begun to see as the season wears on.