Ravens sign LB Josh Bynes to active roster

With inside linebackers Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe battling injuries, the Ravens have made a roster move to give themselves more depth at the position.

The Ravens signed undrafted rookie linebacker Josh Bynes from their practice squad to their 53-man roster this afternoon. To make space for Bynes, the team waived offensive lineman Bryan Mattison.

Bynes, an Auburn product, was with the Ravens in training camp but was let go in the final round of roster cuts on Sept. 3. He was signed to the team's practice squad two weeks ago, and now has found his way on to the active roster.

The 22-year-old had a strong finish to the preseason, recording two sacks and six tackles in the Ravens' preseason finale against the Falcons.

With Lewis battling a toe injury and Ellerbe dealing with a lingering hamstring issue, the Ravens are playing it safe here, adding another inside 'backer to the active roster.

When Ellerbe left Sunday's game against the Bengals because of injury, the Ravens only had two active inside linebackers - starter Jameel McClain and Brendon Ayanbadejo - and needed to use outside linebacker Albert McClellan on the inside late in the game.

Both Lewis and Ellerbe have been limited in practice this week.

Mattison, the team's third-string center and son of former Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, has been active for all but two games this year, seeing time on special teams.

The Ravens also had offensive tackle Austin Howard signed off their practice squad and on to the Jets' active roster.

With these two moves, Baltimore now has two open spots on their practice squad.

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