Tackle Rick Wagner Moves To Injured Reserve


The Ravens are down at least one starting tackle in their season finale against Cleveland.

Right tackle Rick Wagner has been moved to injured reserve after suffering a foot injury Sunday in Houston. Wagner is the 18th player the Ravens have placed on IR.

That means Baltimore will either start reserve undrafted rookie James Hurst or shuffle the offensive line against the Browns.

Hurst struggled against Texans Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt, who many people consider the NFL's Defensive MVP. Because of the Texans' scheme, he also couldn’t get much help.

Baltimore could also move right guard Marshal Yanda to right tackle and insert rookie John Urschel in Yanda's spot. Yanda started at right tackle for much of the 2010 season and took snaps there in Houston when both Wagner and Eugene Monroe were sidelined.

The Ravens' other starting tackle, Monroe, also left Sunday's game in Houston and was hobbled in the locker room afterwards. Monroe's status is unknown at this point.

Wagner had a superb season in his first year as a starter (second overall). He is rated as the best pass-blocking right tackle in the league by Pro Football Focus (PFF). He was second overall at right tackle behind New England's Sebastian Vollmer.

Baltimore moved defensive end Steven Means up to the 53-man roster to fill the open space.

The Ravens waived defensive end Zach Thompson from the practice squad and signed more reserve offensive linemen: tackle Nate Menkin and guard Joe Unga. Unga was with the Ravens during training camp.

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