John Harbaugh won't commit to Terrance West as Ravens' featured back

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Running back Terrance West set a career high with 113 yards rushing in his first start with the Baltimore Ravens. He became the Ravens' first 100-yard rusher since October 2015.

Does that mean West is going to be the team's featured back going forward?

"I'm not going to say that. I'm not going to get into all that," coach John Harbaugh said a day after the Ravens' 28-27 loss to the Oakland Raiders. "I think that's all great to write about. It's nothing for us to waste any energy on. We'll put the guys out that are playing well."

The Ravens' wait-and-see approach probably stems from the fact that West averaged 5.4 yards per carry against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. He also fumbled once -- which can get a running back benched under Harbaugh -- but it was recovered by the Ravens.

Baltimore also keeps itself in a position to go with the hot hand. Rookie fourth-round pick Kenneth Dixon is close to coming back from a sprained knee. He was the team's best running back in training camp and in the preseason.

"Our guys know this: If you're playing hard, if you're playing smart and you're playing fundamentally sound and you're productive, you got a chance of being out there again," Harbaugh said. "Everyone is counting on everybody else to get the job done. If one of those things fall down, you leave the door open for another guy to get their opportunity."

The Ravens promoted West to starter on Sunday and made Justin Forsett inactive. Harbaugh was noncommittal on whether there is still a place on the roster for Forsett. He led the Ravens in rushing the last two seasons, but he is averaging 3.2 yards per carry (which ranks 32nd in the NFL).

"Justin Forsett is a highly respected, highly valued guy in my eyes," Harbaugh said. "It's a competitive world that we're in. It's a competitive league and a competitive sport. He knows that, as well as anybody. We just have to see. All of those personnel things are all to be determined. You can't say anything about where anything is going to go. You just don't know. We'll see how it plays out."