Ravens promote veteran safety Jordan Richards to active roster

The Baltimore Ravens are bringing up some additional special teams help and experience as well as additional depth in their defensive backfield from the practice squad ahead of Sunday’s season opener against the Cleveland Brown by promoting veteran safety Jordan Richards to the active roster.

Veteran wide receiver and special teams ace Chris Moore will be inactive for Baltimore’s Week One matchup as he continues to heal from a broken finger that caused him to be sidelined for all of training camp and the entire first week of practice for the regular season.

Second-year running back Justice Hill has also been declared out for the opener after missing the past few weeks of practice with a soft tissue thigh injury. Both of these injuries to a pair of players that are key contributors in the often-overlooked third phase of this game were likely catalysts for Richards being brought up.

The Ravens originally signed the former second-round pick of the New England Patriots in late October of last season, resigned him this offseason, released him in the final round of cuts last weekend, and brought him back as one of the veteran members of their practice squad under the 2020 augmented rules. Richards likely won’t see much time on defense but could rotate in during some sub-packages that feature multiple defensive backs.

Last season Richards recorded five combined and four solo tackles, one fumble recovery that he recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and played 177 snaps on special teams compared to just one on defense in nine games with the Ravens.

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