Bynes Activated, Adding Depth Behind Lewis

The move supports the injured Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. G/T Bryan Mattison waived.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink, Week 12 vs 49ers

The Ravens have signed Josh Bynes from their practice squad to the active roster, bolstering their inside linebacker corps with Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe working through injuries.


On Friday, Head Coach John Harbaugh had no update on whether Lewis or Ellerbe will be able to go Thursday night against San Francisco. But now Baltimore has insurance if they cannot.

“I really don’t know,” Harbaugh said when asked for Lewis’ status. “We’ve got three, four, five guys that are up in the air. Our biggest issue right now is nicks, bumps and bruises.”

Bynes was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 9 after not surviving the final round of training camp cuts. With Lewis and Ellerbe limited this week in practice, Bynes said he has seen more snaps with the first and second team defenses.

The undrafted rookie free agent played for the NCAA champion Auburn Tigers last year, so he’s accustomed to big stages like the one he could see Thursday night.

“I’m going to be ready,” Bynes said. “I’ve finally got the opportunity to play in the NFL and be out on the field in front of a lot of fans. It’s exciting, but I’ve got to keep my composure and just play football.”

In his one preseason game with extensive action, Bynes logged six tackles and two sacks in Atlanta. He said the Ravens’ playbook and communication haven’t changed all that much since then.

Between when he was released and re-signed by the Ravens, Bynes landed a job as a student advisor at Kaplan University in Florida. He got a call from the Ravens 15 minutes after his interview saying they wanted him back. Now he may be taking the field on Thanksgiving.

To make room for Bynes on the active roster, the Ravens released guard/tackle Bryan Mattison. Mattison was active for all but two games this year, but didn’t see any time on offense.

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