Taliaferro (foot) was moved to the regular-season PUP list Tuesday, ruling him out for the first six weeks of the year.
A 2014 fourth-round selection, Taliaferro missed all of training camp and the preseason while recovering from Lisfranc surgery. He's been plagued by foot and ankle issues to this point in his career, and the Ravens already have a crowded backfield. Taliaferro will be ineligible for the first six weeks, with Baltimore then having three weeks to activate him from the PUP list once/if he resumes practicing. Taliaferro may ultimately be placed on injured reserve or released with an injury settlement, as Justin Forsett, Terrance West, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon (knee) are all clearly ahead of him on the depth chart.
Taliaferro (foot) was placed on the PUP list Thursday.
Absent for the start of training camp after reportedly enjoying a healthy offseason, the 2014 fourth-round draft pick is apparently now dealing with yet another foot injury. Taliaferro's first two professional seasons were both cut short by foot/ankle injuries, and he'll likely need to fight for a roster spot this time around.
Taliaferro (undisclosed) is not participating in Thursday's practice, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
While not starting training camp on the PUP list, Taliaferro is unavailable for the first full-squad practice. The 2014 fourth-round draft pick is likely just dealing with a minor injury, but he may already have an uphill battle to earn a roster spot, as Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon are all considered locks. Taliaferro reportedly even worked behind Terrance West throughout much of the offseason program.
A 2014 fourth-round selection, Taliaferro has often served as Baltimore's goal-line/short-yardage back when healthy, but a foot injury limited him to just three games last season. He now finds himself on the roster bubble, with Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon all locks to make the team. Taliaferro's chances got a slight bump when it was announced that Trent Richardson (knee) needs arthroscopic surgery, but it appears West might be the real winner from that development. In any case, the two are likely just competing for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart, which means the battle could be determined on special teams.
Taliaferro will likely have to compete for a roster spot, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
With Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon all considered roster locks, Taliaferro may end up competing with Trent Richardson, Terrence West and others for what will likely be just one roster (or practice squad) spot. Of course, there's always a chance injuries could take a toll on Baltimore's running back depth during training camp and the preseason. The 230-pound Taliaferro might be the most powerful runner on the roster, but he's been plagued by injuries since the Ravens selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He seems to have made a full recovery from the foot injury that landed him on IR last last season.
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