On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens announced two roster moves, each coinciding with the other. The Ravens placed defensive lineman Willie Henry on the injured reserve and signed offensive guard Jermaine Eluemunor to the active roster. Eluemunor was drafted by the Ravens in 2017 but was cut from the active roster after only one year. His return comes at the heels of Baltimore’s placement of Willie Henry on the injured reserve. The former Michigan Wolverine was drafted a year earlier than Eluemunor. Henry’s impact on the Ravens has been objectively greater than Eluemunor’s, as the young lineman has found himself a niche position as a run stuffer on the inside of the defensive line.
In August, Willie Henry underwent surgery on a hernia, and head coach John Harbaugh expected him to miss a few weeks. Henry returned in week five when the Ravens traveled to Cleveland. In his first game after the surgery, Henry recorded two combined tackles and one sack. Henry remained on the active roster for the next two weeks. After the week seven loss to the Saints, it appeared that Henry might be injured. The Ravens confirmed these suspicions on Tuesday, as the Ravens placed him on the injured reserve. Although it is clear that Henry is injured, the specific injury that led to his placement on the IR is unknown.
To fill his roster spot, Willie Henry was replaced by Jermaine Eluemunor. The move comes as the Ravens have experienced recent injuries along the offensive line. On Sunday, both guard Alex Lewis and tackle James Hurst were inactive with injuries. The players left the line thin, as rookies Bradley Bozeman and Orlando Brown Jr. were forced to fill each respective position. The line’s depth was still tested throughout the game, as Bozeman left the field multiple times. The recently signed Hroniss Grasu filled in for the rookie interior offensive lineman. With the addition of Eluemunor, the Ravens can sit comfortably with the offensive line and its depth.