On Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens announced that the team designated defensive back and special teams ace, Brynden Trawick, to return from the injured reserve. The Ravens placed Brynden Trawick on the injured reserve in early October. He suffered an elbow injury against the Arizona Cardinals in Week Two. Trawick missed the rest of the game, and multiple practices over the next few weeks before Baltimore placed him on the injured reserve. The move opened up a roster spot for a defensive lineman, Zach Sieler. Sieler, a former Ravens seventh-round pick, was waived by the Ravens during the initial round of cuts at the end of the preseason. Sieler was stashed on the practice squad until the Ravens elevated him in October.
According to the National Football League’s injured reserve rules, the Ravens will have two opportunities to activate a player from the IR. Baltimore already spent one opportunity on Iman Marshall, the rookie cornerback from the University of Southern California. Baltimore used its last activation on Trawick but does not have to decide whether to activate him just yet. Each player placed on the injured reserve must sit out at least eight games. Trawick can participate in practice, but will not be eligible to play in a game until December 8, when Baltimore takes on the Buffalo Bills.
Activating Trawick would bring the special teams ace back to the Ravens just in time for the end of the season, and the playoffs. The Ravens parted ways with the team’s best special teams player, Justin Bethel, last month, in order to recuperate a fourth-round compensatory pick. Bringing in Trawick would help the Ravens bolster the special teams unit at the most crucial point of the season. Trawick will have plenty of time to get ready to play, as he will have just under a month of practice before he is eligible to be activated.