Running back West shines in first start
— Baltimore native Terrance West started his first game as a Raven Sunday and made the most of the opportunity.
West rushed 21 times for 113 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown in a 28-27 loss to the Oakland Raiders. He became Baltimore’s first 100-yard rusher of the season.
Still, head coach John Harbaugh would not name West the starter going forward.
“I’m not going to say that,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I’m not going to get into all of that. That’s all great to write about, but it’s nothing for us to waste any energy on. We’re going to put the guys out that are playing well.”
Sunday was the first time that a Ravens running back received a bulk of the workload. West had previously split carries with Justin Forsett.
Forsett, the starting back for Baltimore’s first three games, was a healthy inactive for the Oakland game. Second-year running back Buck Allen was activated for the first time this year.
“We went ahead and brought ‘Buck’ up, and the thought there was to give ‘Buck’ a chance,” Harbaugh said. “He’s been working hard, and he’s a talented guy, and [we wanted to] give him a chance to get in there and see what he could do. And [we wanted to] give Terrance more carries and give him a chance to see what he could do. I thought it worked well. He did a good job and ran hard.”
Allen carried three times for 13 yards and caught two passes for 15.
Forsett has been the Ravens’ leading rusher each of the past two seasons, but was released Tuesday after being largely ineffective in the early part of the year.
Rookie Kenneth Dixon has missed the first four games with a sprained knee, but returned to practice last week. He could debut Sunday against Washington.
Dixon appeared to be challenging for the starting job before sustaining the injury in Baltimore’s third preseason game, which put four running backs on the 53-man roster.
“Justin Forsett is a highlyrespected, highly-valued guy in my eyes and the eyes of all of us. It is a competitive world that we are in,” Harbaugh said prior to the Ravens releasing the veteran running back. “It is a competitive league; it is a competitive sport. He knows that as well as anybody. It doesn’t diminish him in any way. It just enhances him, in my mind, in terms of how he handles it. We will just have to see.”
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Baltimore running back Terrance West rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in his first start with the Ravens on Sunday.