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Baltimore Ravens place rookie LB Kamalei Correa on IR

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Unfortunate news on the Ravens front, rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa has been placed on injured reserve. While his rookie year hasn’t been one for the books, it isn’t all bad news.

Kamalei Correa was selected in the second round after Baltimore traded back twice in the draft, acquiring multiple extra picks and still landing their supposed target. Multiple factors I presume attribute to this move.

  1. The rib injury is too great to play with (duh)
  2. Zachary Orr became the inside linebacker the Ravens needed opposite C.J. Mosley
  3. Matt Judon’s production on the outside kept Correa’s value low
  4. Correa’s impact on special teams isn’t something worth keeping around for the next two or more games

Correa was expected to become a great linebacker anywhere on the field; multiple instances led assumption he’d play both inside and outside, making his play difficult to read. In the end, he landed only a few times on the gridiron, mostly on special teams.

A lackluster rookie season isn’t something to completely panic over. The linebacker will be back next season with a full year of NFL practice and games under his belt.

With Correa placed on injured reserve the Baltimore Ravens activated OLB Brennen Beyer to the roster. On a few occasions Beyer landed on my Winners & Losers for the Ravens 2016 training camp. He’s not Mosley, but a good depth backer for Baltimore going into this home stretch.