Ravens place running back Taliaferro on injured reserve


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The injury picture continues to get worse for the Ravens as they placed second-year running back Lorenzo Taliaferro on injured reserve on Wednesday.
The 2014 fourth-round pick had been dealing with a foot injury and was inactive for Sunday’s loss to Cleveland despite being listed as probable on the final injury report, making it unclear whether he experienced some sort of setback over the weekend. Taliaferro was placed on I.R. with a foot injury last December, meaning he will have played just 16 games in his first two NFL seasons.
The Coastal Carolina product rushed for just 47 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries this season. The 225-pound Taliaferro ran for 292 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.
With starter Justin Forsett hobbled by an ankle injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Browns game, the Ravens are dangerously thin at cornerback, which promoted general manager Ozzie Newsome to claim rookie Raheem Mostert off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. The rookie free agent from Purdue at a strong preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles before he was waived at the end of the summer.
Mostert joins fellow rookie Buck Allen has the only healthy running backs on the roster while the Ravens will hope Forsett’s ankle improves enough for him to play against San Francisco on Sunday. If not, Baltimore could promote running back Terrence Magee, another rookie currently on the practice squad.
Still more than a month away from Thanksgiving, the Ravens now have 11 players on I.R. even though defensive end Brent Urban holds the designation to return. Tight end Dennis Pitta is on the reserve physically unable to perform list.