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Ravens activate Danny Woodhead in advance of Packers matchup

The task of defending the Ravens grew more difficult with Woodhead's activation.

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers' matchup with the Baltimore Ravens just grew more difficult. One day in advance of the game, the Ravens activated running back Danny Woodhead off injured reserve, releasing backup tight end Gavin Escobar to make room.

A hamstring injury has sidelined Woodhead since the Ravens' season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Woodhead landed on IR shortly thereafter, making him eligible to return late in the season. With Woodhead available, Baltimore's largely ineffective offense receives a vital boost in advance of a pivotal tilt in Green Bay.

Woodhead has given the Packers headaches before. During his last game against Green Bay, a 2015 contest with the San Diego Chargers, the versatile running back caught five passes for 63 yards. If not for a fantastic play by Damarious Randall, Woodhead would have likely also hauled in the game-tying score to force overtime.

In his only appearance in 2017, Woodhead had three catches for 33 yards. He has amassed 4717 yards from scrimmage during his nine seasons in the NFL.