The Baltimore Ravens (9-3) entered Week 14 with an open roster spot after placing Mark Andrews on Injured Reserve a few days ago, meaning that they could elevate someone from the practice squad ahead of Saturday's deadline for the game against the Los Angeles Rams (6-6).
The Ravens announced on Saturday, Dec. 9, that they have activated linebacker Josh Ross from their practice squad for the game against the Rams. This activation most probably means that fellow linebacker Malik Harrison (questionable for Sunday) won't be available/fit to play.
This is the third elevation of Ross to a gameday roster, which means he's out of activations if he doesn't get signed to the full 53-man roster of the franchise. That's no little thing, however, and has some important implications.
The Ravens will need to sign Ross before he can play any other game after this week, in the regular season and the postseason.
Earlier this week and also last month, Baltimore designated two players to come off Injured Reserve: linebacker Malik Hamm and cornerback Damarion "Pepe" Williams respectively. Both are already into their 21-day windows for activation, but most pressingly Williams is about to reach the deadline for his activation next midweek.
Williams' 21-day period started on Nov. 21. That means that if Baltimore doesn't move him to the active roster for the full season before Wednesday, the Ravens won't be able to use him for the remainder of the season or the playoffs.
Baltimore has a little bit more room when it comes to Hamm, whose 21-day window will expire on Christmas with just two regular-season left on the schedule then.
With Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Williams now back and available to play, it'll make sense for Baltimore to check their status for the remainder of the season starting this weekend to see whether or not they want to activate Williams (another defensive back) or if they'd be better off waiting for Hamm (a linebacker) to return.