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Ravens place OT Eugene Monroe on IR, promote QB Bryn Renner

The Baltimore Ravens placed offensive tackle Eugene Monroe on injured reserve, waived backup guard Kaleb Johnson and promoted quarterback Bryn Renner and wide receiver Chris Matthews from the practice squad on Saturday.

Monroe hasn't practiced the past three weeks after injuring his shoulder in the Nov. 22 game against St. Louis. He has missed 12 of 30 games (including playoffs) since signing his five-year, $37.5 million deal before the 2014 season.

The next question with Monroe is whether he has played his last snap with the Ravens. If Baltimore cuts him, the Ravens would free up $2.1 million in cap space, but carry $6.6 million in dead money.

The promotion of Renner increases the likelihood that Jimmy Clausen will start Sunday and Matt Schaub (questionable, chest injury) won't play. Renner would be Clausen's backup.

The other player added from the practice squad is quite familiar with the Seahawks. Matthews was a Super Bowl standout for Seattle only 10 months ago. He was cut by the Seahawks last month after struggling this season with four catches for 54 yards in nine games.