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Cornerback Fabian Washington was made inactive last weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because the Ravens wanted to get an extra defensive lineman onto the field against a strong running team, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh.
With the tandem of LaGarrette Blount and Cadillac Williams for the Bucs, rookie defensive tackle Arthur Jones essentially filled Washington’s roster spot.
Had the Ravens been in a bind at cornerback, Harbaugh said he felt good enough turning to Cary Williams.
“The idea was to get an extra defensive lineman up,” Harbaugh noted. “We were going against a team that was more a two wide receiver, three wide receiver set-type of a team. We felt like if we got jammed up, we could play Cary. And Cary is a special teams guy, where Fabian is not as much of a special teams guy.
“We didn’t want to come up short with the big guys.”
The Ravens were solid against the run in their 17-10 victory. Blount rushed 13 times for 55 yards, while Williams totaled four carries for 19 yards.
While Washington hadn’t been a healthy scratch since Nov. 11, 2007 when he was with the Oakland Raiders, Harbaugh said he wasn’t concerned with breaking the news to the veteran corner.
“We do it like we always do it, you need to tell the guy when you make the decision,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not anything complicated. We’re not worried about anybody’s feelings. These guys are grown men. They’re pros.”
Washington began the season as a Ravens starter, but he was demoted after Baltimore’s Week 9 win over the Miami Dolphins.