The Baltimore Ravens will be taking on the Las Vegas Radiers in Week 1 of the 2021 season. They had to wait until Monday Night Football to get their first action of the regular season, and they’ll be looking to begin their path to a Super Bowl Championship.
Before the game, Baltimore put out their inactives list which consisted of five total players. Three of the inactives were rookies in guard Ben Cleveland, outside linebacker Daelin Hayes and safety Ar’Darius Washington, and two are veterans who are either dealing with or recovering from injuries in defensive lineman Derek Wolfe and cornerback Jimmy Smith.
Cleveland and Washington are both healthy scratches, while Hayes was dealing with a knee injury leading up to the game. Although the rookie outside linebacker was a full participant in practice late in the week, the Ravens decided to go with Jaylon Ferguson as their fifth at the position instead.
Smith has been dealing with an ankle injury for over a month now and just recently returned to practice. Baltimore seemingly doesn’t want to risk re-injury with him, which is a smart decision. Wolfe has been dealing with a back injury for multiple weeks, and hadn’t practiced leading up to the game.
The Ravens only had to make five players inactive due to them entering the game with just 51 players, as opposed to a full 53-man roster.