With the Ravens mini-bye week coming to an end and Week 12 inching closer, Baltimore announced three roster moves on Tuesday ahead of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 25.
Baltimore signed a player, designated another one to return from Injured Reserve, and moved a defender to the practice squad IR, the franchise announced on X.
Coming off Injured Reserve, cornerback Damarion "Pepe" Williams has now entered a 21-day window in which the Ravens must active and move him to the 53-man roster. If they don't do so in that three-week span, then Williams won't be eligible to play at any point throughout this season.
Williams has not appeared in a game this season, his second as a pro after becoming the fourth-round pick of the Ravens a little over a year ago as part of the 2022 NFL Draft. He played 14 games last season, tallying 24 total tackles (one tackle for a loss of yardage) while batting a couple of passes.
The sophomore was expected to enter the battle for nickel cornerback reps last summer, but Williams faced setbacks due to offseason ankle surgery, leading to his absence during OTAs, minicamps, and a significant portion of training camp.
Following a second ankle surgery, he was placed on IR on the last day of August.
In Williams' absence, Brandon Stephens has been getting most of the workload while leading the Ravens in defensive snaps, nearly 750 of them. The fact that Marlon Humphrey has missed time also helped Stephens earn that heavy role.
Veteran free-agent additions Ronald Darby and Rock Ya-Sin, as well as nickel corners Arthur Maulet and Jalyn Armour-Davis, have gotten apps at the different CB slots throughout the season.
Ravens add unknown Tight End, place Cornerback on Injured Reserve
On top of the aforementioned move, the Ravens officially announced the signing of tight end Scotty Washington to the practice squad as we reported a few hours ago thanks to Aaron Wilson's news breaking.
To make room for Washington, cornerback Kevon Seymour was put on the practice squad injured reserve, opening the necessary spot to add the unproven TE to the roster in any capacity.
Washington went undrafted coming out of Wake Forest in 2020 and he's already had stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots, the latter team helping him make his NFL debut last year.
Most recently, Washington was signed and released by the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this year without playing a single snap.
Despite hosting four tight ends for a workout for three tight ends, including Washington and proven veteran O.J. Howard, the Ravens opted for the unknown player instead of the Super Bowl champion, possibly influenced by salary considerations and role expectations.
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