Ravens promote rookie CB Khalil Dorsey to 53-man roster
The Baltimore Ravens promoted rookie cornerback Khalil Dorsey from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Friday. The undrafted free agent out of Northern Arizona will fill the roster spot that was vacated by the release of seventh-round rookie safety Geno Stone on Thursday.
Dorsey had his eligibility for the practice squad exemption exhausted after being brought up to the gameday roster each of the last two weeks. With star slot cornerback Tavon Young on injured reserve with a torn ACL, the Ravens needed some additional depth at the position and waived Stone to make room for Dorsey.
The 5-foot-9 and 181-pound defensive back is built to play Young’s nickel role and could give Baltimore’s defense some flexibility to allow First-Team All-Pro Marlon Humphrey to spend more time in his natural habitat on the outside.
Dorsey played four snaps on defense in Week Four in the Ravens’ 31-17 win over the Washington Football Team where he allowed a long catch and made one tackle. He was much more active on special teams in the two games he was active.
Stone was inactive for each of the Ravens first four games prior to his release but the team is hoping that he clears waivers and can be brought back on the practice squad where he can continue to develop and possibly be brought up when they believe he is ready or if he is needed due to injury.
“Geno is definitely going to play. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll play,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ll see if he clears waivers today, hopefully he will. He wants to be back on our practice squad. This is a unique year that way. We’ll continue to prepare Geno to play.”