Today, the Baltimore Ravens brought back Bobby Rainey to the 53 man roster. Rainey had previously spent time in Baltimore during the early years of his NFL career. He left Baltimore, but returned this offseason, only to be cut from the roster. The Ravens resigned Rainey in light of Terrance West’s calf injury. West, the Ravens starting running back, injured his calf in Sunday’s win against the Raiders. According to NFL Insider Ian Rappoport, West will miss some time in recovery. However, he is not expected to be kept out of football for an extended period of time. Rainey serves as roster fodder until West recovers.
To make room for the move, the Baltimore Ravens released offensive tackle Dieugot Joseph from the 53 man roster. The Ravens signed Joseph during the season, but he never played a snap for Baltimore. In addition to bringing back Bobby Rainey, the Ravens made several changes in personnel to the practice squad. Baltimore released tight end Ryan Malleck from the practice squad, a player who has been on and off with the Ravens since this offseason. The Ravens also released defensive back Ronald Martin from the practice squad. Baltimore then added defensive tackle Kapron Lewis-Moore and center Derrick Nelson to the practice squad.
The Ravens have obviously dealt with an extreme amount of injuries this offseason. Although West is now an addition to the list of injured Ravens, he is lucky his fate is not the same as most of the others. West will return to football this season, and probably sooner than later. The Ravens made a smart decision in having Bobby Rainey return in the meantime. His experience with the organization should give him an advantage and will give the Ravens a nice bridge until West returns. Hopefully, the Ravens can sort out their injury problems, and not lose anyone else this season.