Ravens deactivate Taylor to Hymes' benefit

OWINGS MILLS -- Travis Taylor was a spectator Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens, marking the first time in the wide receiver's career that he has been deactivated when he was healthy enough to play.

And little-used reserve Randy Hymes benefited from the absence of the 10th overall pick of the 2000 draft, catching four passes for 55 yards in the Ravens' 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Taylor is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, and has battled groin and back injuries all season.

Taylor leads Baltimore with 34 catches for 421 yards, but hasn't caught a touchdown. Meanwhile, Hymes, a converted quarterback from Grambling, had been inactive for several weeks.

"Randy Hymes has worked his butt off," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Because of injuries, because of depth, because of the profile we're in, it's just the way it's been.

"Randy's had a great couple of weeks of practice. He's had a lot of energy. We needed those fresh set of legs going into the Pittsburgh game, and I think you saw a little of the outcome of it."

For Taylor, it has been another disappointing season despite all of his promise and potential demonstrated at the University of Florida under Steve Spurrier. He hasn't been able to duplicate that success in the NFL.

"Clearly, Travis is not 100 percent healthy," Billick said. "In this case, Randy's fresh legs, what Randy brings in terms of the plays he can make sort of seem like a better fit for us based on what Travis is dealing with."

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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