Ravens starting center Bradley Bozeman did not play in Sunday’s 20-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams because of an illness, coach John Harbaugh said after the game.
Bozeman, who was listed as active an hour and a half before kickoff at M&T Bank Stadium, was on the sideline throughout the game wearing a mask while backup center Trystan Colon started in his place. Harbaugh said after the game that Bozeman was “very sick” and that the team didn’t have a chance to make a roster move when it was clear that he wasn’t able to start.
“He was available to us in an emergency but he was not able to play right at the last moment,” Harbaugh said of Bozeman, who had started 47 consecutive games over the past three seasons.
Bozeman’s absence dealt a big blow to the Ravens’ offensive line, which allowed five sacks and seven hits against backup quarterback Tyler Huntley. Rams outside linebacker Von Miller had two sacks, including one with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter that sealed Los Angeles’ victory.
This season, Bozeman made the transition from left guard to center, which he played during his entire college career at Alabama. He has provided stability for the Ravens’ offensive line, which has endured its fair share of injuries.
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who played in one game, was shut down for the season in Week 7 after undergoing ankle surgery. Guard/offensive Tyre Phillips was recently placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury, while right tackle Patrick Mekari has missed four games this season. Left guard Ben Powers missed a second straight game with a foot injury.