The Baltimore Ravens have 18 players currently on injured reserve at the time of writing this article. It's sad that I have to state "at the time of writing this article," just because of how terrible this season has been for the team and for fans. The Ravens lead the NFL in players on injured reserve and it looks like that list might grow by yet another name this week.
After missing last week's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a shoulder and back injury, head coach John Harbaugh has ruled him out of this Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs unless the tight end can drastically improve. To emphasize just how bad off Gillmore is, Harbaugh said that he could be the next guy on the injured reserve list.
Harbaugh said he does not think Crockett Gillmore will be able to play on Sunday. Likely IR next step. #Ravens— Brian Bower (@sportguyRSR) December 16, 2015
If Crockett Gillmore does head to injured reserve, it would make him the 19th player on the team this season. It would also decimate a tight end group that was the deepest of any team in the league at the start of the year. Gillmore would make the second Ravens starting tight end this season to see the bench as rookie Nick Boyle was suspended for the final four games of the season due to violating the league's performance enhancing substance bans.
In losing Gillmore, the Ravens would lose his 33 receptions for 412 yards and 4 touchdowns just this season alone. The Ravens would also lose arguably their best red zone receiver and chain mover as well, something the team can ill afford with how the offense is being depleted at every turn.
The team would be forced to start rookie tight end Maxx Williams and possibly Konrad Reuland, the tight end that has been signed to the team's practice squad an amazing four times since November 12th of 2014. The team also signed former Denver Broncos tight end Richard Gordon after losing Boyle and having injuries to the other tight ends, but he has yet to see action for the team and is more of a blocking tight end regardless.
Hopefully, the Ravens are able to keep Crockett Gillmore upright and off of the injured reserve list, though he would have plenty of company there.