The Ravens have maintained plenty of roster flexibility, but that could soon change – The Athletic

For the first 11 weeks of the NFL regular season, the Ravens really haven’t had to make any tough roster calls. Injuries and illnesses have mostly made the decisions for them.

The Ravens have had so many injuries that they’ve primarily just slotted roster additions or promotions into spots vacated by players going to IR. That’s afforded them the opportunity to keep a few young players on the back end of their roster even though they may not necessarily factor prominently or at all in the game-day plans.

Until recently, the Ravens have been keeping one or two open spots on their 53-man, a trend that allowed them to maintain roster flexibility and save a bit of salary-cap space in the process. They were able to do that because they relied on weekly practice-squad elevations or COVID-19 replacements for roster reinforcements.

As they near December and try to have their best available 48 players in uniform on game day to aid in the playoff push, the Ravens (7-3) will likely have to start making some difficult roster decisions and perhaps in some cases, subtractions. They do have an open spot on the 53-man roster, courtesy of Monday’s cutting of guard/defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie. However, that spot could very well be earmarked for inside linebacker Malik Harrison, who has been designated to return from IR and returned to practice after he missed three games when he was hit in the calf by a stray bullet during the bye week.

Otherwise, the Ravens have plenty of areas where they could augment their roster and not a whole lot of flexibility to do it.

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