The Ravens won’t have their leading tackler or most explosive wide receiver Sunday.
Inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor (ankle) and rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown (ankle) are out against the Cincinnati Bengals. Both will sit out for the first time this season after missing practice all week.
Brown leads Baltimore in receiving yards (326) and is tied for the team lead in touchdown catches with three. His absence will create more opportunities for the wide receivers who are active – Willie Snead IV, Seth Roberts, Chris Moore, Miles Boykin, and second-year wide receiver Jaleel Scott, who is active for the first time of his career.
The Ravens will miss Onwuasor, coming off his best game of the season with seven tackles against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Onwuasor returned to his comfort zone of weakside linebacker against Pittsburgh after playing middle linebacker the first four games. His absence will mean more responsibility for inside linebackers Josh Bynes, Chris Board, L.J. Fort and Kenny Young.
Bynes moved directly into the starting lineup at middle linebacker after being signed last week and played a strong game with five tackles and an interception. Young was inactive for the first time in his career against the Steelers, but Head Coach John Harbaugh said Young had a solid week of practice.
Defensive tackle Jihad Ward is active after being signed earlier in the week and will make his Ravens debut, joining the defensive line rotation led by Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Patrick Ricard and Chris Wormley. Baltimore’s defensive line and overall run defense will be tested, facing a Bengals offense that has two quality running backs in Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard.
Tight end Mark Andrews (shoulder) is active as expected after being listed as questionable. Andrews leads Baltimore in receptions (28) and is tied with Brown for the team lead in touchdown catches. Andrews has yet to miss a game in his two-year career.
In addition to Brown and Onwuasor, Baltimore’s other inactives are quarterback Trace McSorley, guard Ben Powers, defensive tackle Daylon Mack, cornerback Anthony Averett, and cornerback Jimmy Smith, who will miss his fifth consecutive game with a knee injury.
Cincinnati’s inactives include two former Pro Bowl players – defensive end Carlos Dunlap and wide receiver A.J. Green. Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn and his top replacement, Andre Smith, are both also out. The Bengals’ other inactives are quarterback Jake Dolegala, defensive end Kerry Wynn and defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow.