Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce will miss his second straight game Monday night with an ankle injury.
Pierce entered the day as doubtful to play the road contest against the Los Angeles Rams in primetime, and the Ravens made the news official when they announced their inactives 90 minutes before kickoff. After injuring his ankle Nov. 10 and sitting out of a win over the Texans on Nov. 17, Pierce returned to the practice field Thursday in a limited capacity.
But then Pierce missed on-field work Friday and Saturday, and coach John Harbaugh said the team didn’t want to rush one of its top run-stuffers into action too soon. Baltimore signed veteran defensive tackles Justin Ellis and Domata Peko after Pierce’s injury, and both played well last week, according to Harbaugh. They’ll likely fill in for Pierce again in Los Angeles.
Two Ravens listed on the injury report, starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and wide receiver Chris Moore (thumb), will play Monday. Stanley practiced in full Saturday and hasn’t missed a game this season, while Moore was sidelined the past two weeks with a broken thumb.
Rookie offensive guard Ben Powers (thumb) is inactive after appearing on the injury report as questionable, but he hasn’t suited up for a game yet this season.
In addition to Pierce and Powers, the Ravens needed to deactivate five healthy players to get down to the game day maximum of 46. Quarterback Trace McSorley, wide receiver Jaleel Scott, defensive tackle Zach Sieler, safety Bennett Jackson and cornerback Anthony Averett are all inactive.
Rookie cornerback Iman Marshall, a fourth-round pick out of USC, will suit up and is available to make his NFL debut a short drive from his hometown of Long Beach. Monday’s contest is at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where Marshall played his home games for the Trojans.
Here are the Rams’ inactives: Offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (knee), defensive back Darious Williams (ankle), linebacker Natrez Patrick (illness), wide receiver Nsimba Webster, cornerback Dont’e Deayon and safety Jake Gervase.