The Ravens signed running back Bobby Rainey to the 53-man roster Oct. 10, an indication that Terrance West will be sidelined for some time by the leg injury he sustained in Oakland Oct. 8. To make room on the roster, the Ravens cut offensive tackle Dieugot Joseph, who had not appeared in a game.
This will be Rainey's third go-round with the Ravens. He was signed by the Ravens this summer after Kenneth Dixon was injured but then was cut when the roster was trimmed to 53. Rainey had 17 carries for 75 yards and one touchdown during the preseason.
Rainey, who turns 30 next week, was originally signed by the Ravens as an undrafted rookie out of Western Kentucky in 2012 but did not play at all that season, which ended for him on injured reserve.
He has since played for three other teams and has 266 career carries for 1,053 yards and six touchdowns.
Rainey was among the Ravens' final roster cuts in 2013 training camp and signed with the Cleveland Browns, with whom he played six games. After being cut by the Browns midseason, Rainey became a starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and carried 137 times for 532 yards and five touchdowns in nine games with the Bucs that year.
Last season, Rainey played 15 games for the New York Giants, totaling 63 yards on 17 carries. He caught 20 passes for 153 yards last year as well.
The Ravens have used three running backs extensively this year. West has started four of the first five games, but he left the Raiders game early in the first quarter with a leg injury. For the season, West has 39 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
Head coach John Harbaugh offered no update on West's injury when asked Oct. 9, but he has previously said he would not be giving injury updates unless they were season-ending.
Alex Collins leads the Ravens in rushing with 261 yards on 37 carries, and his 7.1 average yards a carry leads the league. Buck Allen has carried 66 times for 232 yards and leads the Ravens with 20 receptions for 97 yards.
PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES: The Ravens also made two practice squad moves Oct. 10, signing defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore and center Derrick Nelson. To make room on the 10-man practice squad tight end Ryan Malleck and defensive back Ronald Martin were released.
The Ravens are familiar with Lewis-Moore, a sixth-round draft pick by Baltimore in 2013. He missed that year recovering from a knee injury and missed the 2014 season after tearing his Achilles in training camp. He finally made it onto the field for the Ravens in 2015, appearing in five games and totaling six tackles. Lewis-Moore was on the practice squad last season before being cut, and then was with the Chicago Bears in training camp. The defensive line, thought to be the Ravens' deepest position group, has suffered a rash of injuries. Brent Urban (foot) is out for the year, Brandon Williams (foot) has missed the past three games and Carl Davis (hamstring) was injured in the Raiders game.
Nelson, an undrafted rookie from Rutgers, was with the Ravens in training camp before being cut.