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Ravens Place Veteran Defensive Back on IR; Free another for the third time

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The Baltimore Ravens officially placed Marcus Williams on injured reserve on Tuesday. October 11, 2022after the veteran defenseman suffered a dislocated wrist in the team’s 19-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5.

Immediately after the game, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that the team’s cherished free-agent acquisition from the previous offseason would “substantially” lose time due to the injury. Though he couldn’t and couldn’t give a definitive timeline for his return as the setback wasn’t season-ending, Williams will miss at least four games after being placed on injured reserve.

While third-year pro Geno Stone finished admirably in the second half of the Bengals game, filling the massive gap Williams left in the starting lineup and defense as a whole won’t just be on the shoulder, according to Harbaugh of a player fall.

“We’re going to move the people in there a lot,” he said. “I’m looking forward to all these guys, sort of as a team, as a group, as a replacement for Marcus and not losing a step.”

Williams had a fantastic start to his first season as Raven, totaling 33 tackles, five pass deflections, one fumble recovery and three interceptions in four and a half games per Pro Football Reference. His ball-chasing presence and incredible reach are sorely missed and will certainly require multiple players to fill.

First-round rookie Kyle Hamilton made an appearance and also played well in 14 defensive snaps, according to Harbaugh, despite registering no stats on the box score and being flagged once for defensive pass interference. He also cited six-year-old defense attorney Chuck Clark, who is listed as the first strong safety contender to earn a “safety/nickel spot.”

geno is geno; Kyle is Kyle; Marcus is Marcus,” Harbaugh said. “They have their strengths and we will try to enable them to make the most of their strengths if we can.”

For the third time since he first signed with the team off the road as they desperately sought bodies as a cornerback throughout the 2021 season, the Ravens released the seven-year-old veteran cornerback on the same day they put Williams on injured reserve had asked .

Worley appeared in two games with the Ravens that year, played nine special teams snaps to just five on defense and recorded one assist tackle. He had one appearance last season and recorded five solo tackles on 63 defensive snaps. This is his third time this season alone that he has been signed and released from the team’s practice squad, and the Ravens’ active roster remains at 51.

Nearly a week after the transaction was first reported, the Ravens officially signed the former second-round wide receiver to their practice team. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft by the University of Massachusetts and was picked by the team on October 4, 2022.

Isabella is a seedy slot receiver who possesses breathtaking speed and adds quality depth to the Ravens’ broad receiver group. He was buried at his position with the Cardinals by more notable and higher drafted players during his first three years in the league, but his former head coach believes he can and will have a future in the league.

“Andy, we’re bringing him in and he’s behind Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald where we wanted to play him, so he probably didn’t get the talent test that could have really helped him,” Arizona native Kliff Kingsbury said after his release last year Wednesday . “Then we bring in DeAndre Hopkins and you have these three guys and it’s just hard to get on the field. But he can definitely play in this league, he will find a place.”

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