Update: Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore did indeed head to injured reserve, just much faster than I expected. About 5 minutes after publishing this story we got word that the team had made it official. To view the actual story placing him on IR, head over here.
The Baltimore Ravens season seems to be on a path where at the end of every game, there is an announcement of a new player on injured reserve. With 19 players currently on the list, the team leads the NFL in that category. Sadly for everyone, it doesn't look like that is going to stop anytime soon as starting tight end Crockett Gillmore looks like a candidate for injured reserve this week according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Crockett [Gillmore] isn't looking good. I'm not optimistic about Crockett [Gillmore]. It could be an IR situation, ya know. Depends on if Ozzie [Newsome] can find someone to put on the 53 or not I guess.
If Gillmore does head to injured reserve, it would be essentially the third tight end lost this season. Veteran Dennis Pitta was a long-shot to return from his second hip injury that saw him put on the Physically Unable to Perform list earlier in the year. Rookie Nick Boyle would be the second player in the group to go down, but this one being a suspension for violating the league's rules on performance enhancing supplements.
In the final two games of the season, the Ravens would miss his 33 receptions, 412 yards and the 4 touchdowns he has put up in his second year. The team would be forced to start rookie Maxx Williams at tight end and possibly play former practice squad player Konrad Reuland or Richard Gordon, who the team signed from the Denver Broncos a few weeks ago.
On a more positive note, starting cornerback Jimmy Smith looks like he will be healthy enough to start against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The secondary will need all the help it can get going up against Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown as they are on fire at the end of the season. When asked about how Smith was doing after heading to the training room against the Chiefs and not finishing the game, head coach John Harbaugh was optimistic about how he was looking.
Jimmy has a good chance. I just talked to him and I think he has a good chance to play, so we'll see how it goes this week.
If the Ravens don't have Smith completely or at all, they will likely have to turn to Jumal Rolle who was just activated from the practice squad last week. Rolle did well for it being his first live game of the season for the Ravens, but against top talent like Antonio Brown Martavis Bryant and the rest of the Steelers offense, the secondary would probably be in more trouble than not.