Lawson And Crew Eye Ravens Run Game

Carl Lawson got his second NFL start Sunday
Carl Lawson got his second NFL start Sunday

BALTIMORE - Before Sunday's game Carl Lawson got a start in place of left end Carlos Dunlap (knee) , his second in the NFL, but the Bengals no doubt are going to have to rotate the pass rush specialist with other defensive linemen if they're going to stop the Ravens' feared running game ranked second in the NFL.

There aren't many options since three down linemen landed on head coach Zac Taylor's inactive list: tackle Ryan Glasgow (thigh) and end/tackle Kerry Wynn (concussion). Baltimore unloads a massive set of blockers, anchored by 6-8, 355-pound right tackle Orlando Brown, 303-pound fullback/defensive lineman Patrick Ricard and 270-pound tight end Nick Boyle and even with Dunlap the Bengals' perimeter has struggled on a defense ranked next-to-last defending the run.

Andrew Brown, a 290-pounder appearing in his fourth NFL game, figured to get a shot on the edge. Rookie 318-pound nose tackle Renell Wren also could get a shot out there in his fourth pro game.

Joining the inactive down linemen were left tackles Andre Smith (ankle) and Cordy Glenn (concussion) as well as wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle) and third quarterback Jake Dolegala. That meant rookie running back Trayveon Williams made his NFL debut.

Wide receiver Alex Erickson was back in the starting lineup after getting a concussion 15 snaps into last week's game. For the first time this season the Bengals started with John Jerry at left tackle and Billy Price at left guard.

For the Ravens, starting linebacker Patrick Onwuasor was inactive and they were looking at using two backers that weren't in Baltimore two weeks ago: Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort, briefly a Bengal. Also, their leading receiver, rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown, was out.