Everything looked so good and clean in the last injury report released by the Ravens ahead of Week 7 that we should have expected some shocking news coming on Saturday.
That was indeed the case as Baltimore's starting cornerback Marlon Humphrey was suddenly and surprisingly listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Lions due to illness, per the Ravens' official accounts.
In the event Humphrey is finally unable to play, the cornerback duties would likely fall to Ronald Darby and Rock Ya-Sin on a rotation, play-by-play basis. These two should alternate snaps across Brandon Stephens, who is expected to start and man the other outside-corner position.
To bolster their defensive roster, the Ravens have elevated veteran DeAndre Houston-Carson from the practice squad for the upcoming game. Not the greatest player out there, but at least another warm body to add to the depleted secondary.
The move would add some additional depth at safety, especially with Marcus Williams sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Kyle Hamilton and Geno Stone are expected to lead the safety positions, with DHC capable of playing at both the safety and corner positions depending on the situation.
Houston-Carson, 30, joined the Ravens' practice squad on October 3, having been released by the Texans on September 30 after participating in two games. He was already with the organization earlier this season before releasing him only to re-sign him at the start of the month.
The Ravens announced the elevation of Houston-Carson to the active roster on social media ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Lions. In 2023, he played two games for the Texans, registering two tackles.
It's also reasonable to expect Baltimore to use DHC in special-team plays considering he's featured in such units to a reasonable extent throughout his career. That'd also lower the load of other, more important players that are going to be needed on defense without risking any potential injury in ST plays.