Ravens Release Linebacker Before AFC Championship

Ravens Adjust Roster for Championship Game Showdown.

by Nouman Rasool
Ravens Release Linebacker Before AFC Championship
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In a strategic move preceding the AFC Championship Game this weekend, the Baltimore Ravens have announced the release of linebacker Jeremiah Moon from their 53-man roster. This decision creates an opportunity for the Ravens to strengthen their lineup, potentially with a significant addition for Sunday's pivotal matchup.

Jeremiah Moon, an undrafted player in his second year from the University of Florida, has experienced a season marked by transitions between the active roster and the practice squad. His journey with the Ravens began with his entire rookie year on the practice squad.

This season, Moon secured a spot on the active roster early on but was later waived and reassigned to the practice squad in late October. Despite these shifts, Moon managed to make a notable impact, participating in eight games and earning a starting position in one of them.

Moon's Final Performance

Moon's latest appearance was in the Ravens' decisive victory over the Texans last Saturday, where he primarily contributed to special teams. Later in the game, as the Ravens solidified their lead, Moon was allocated defensive playing time.

However, his absence in special teams is unlikely to be deeply felt, as Del'Shawn Phillips, a key special teams player, is anticipated to return from a shoulder injury. Phillips, who played in every regular-season game, was sidelined during the divisional round.

The release of Moon is not merely a roster adjustment but a strategic maneuver to pave the way for the return of star tight end Mark Andrews from injured reserve. Andrews, a pivotal figure in the Ravens' offense, has been out since mid-November due to a cracked fibula and high-ankle sprain sustained from a tackle by Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson.

The likelihood of Andrews' return this season was initially doubtful, but the Ravens' persistence in the playoffs has opened a window for his comeback. The clock is ticking for Baltimore to activate Andrews in time for the championship game, and Moon's departure is a critical step in this process.

Moon's tenure with the Ravens, spanning two years, has been marked by adaptability and contributions that won't go unnoticed. Should he clear waivers, it is expected that Moon will rejoin the team, possibly through a practice squad or reserve/futures contract, continuing his professional journey with the Ravens.