Injuries force Ravens to test pair of young WRs

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley is injured again and will miss Sunday's game at Miami against the Dolphins because of a sprained left foot. That means the Ravens will go against a seasoned Dolphins secondary with eye on the future, starting rookie Javin Hunter at flanker.

Stokley, who has had a series of injuries since being drafted in 1998, hurt his foot during the Ravens' win Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals when offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden accidentally fell on the back of his leg during a running play.

Hunter previously started for an injured Stokley (ankle) at Indianapolis against the Colts and had one catch for seven yards.

"I'm just going to go out there with the same attitude I always have, try and make plays to help us win," Hunter said.

"I have a little bit of experience being in there, getting ready to start. I don't think anything will change with my mentality. When I go in there and have an opportunity to prove myself, that is what I'm going to try and do."

Ron Johnson is officially the team's third receiver, but Hunter is more suited to playing Stokley's position than Johnson.

The Ravens likely will keep Johnson on the outside in three-receiver formations and keep Travis Taylor as the slot receiver.

"We'll try and find a way to get [Hunter and Johnson] on the field," offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh said. "I think it is a good opportunity for them. We faced it a couple of weeks ago. It's part of that master plan to get all these young guys some playing time. Brandon needs a week to rest up, so hopefully one of those young guys will step up."


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