Prior to Sunday’s kickoff against the Saints, the Ravens elected to bench wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth, who had been healthy all week.
Stallworth appeared to be disappointed about being benched against the Saints, who drafted him in 2002.
“I’m not going to lie and say I was happy about it,” Stallworth said, according to Aaron Wilson.
Stallworth did suffer a broken foot that kept him out of the Ravens first seven games of the season. However, Stallworth said that the decision to bench him had nothing to do with his previous injury.
“No I wasn’t limping at all, I’m healthier now that I’ve been since 2007,” he said. “It was a coach’s decision.”
When asked to comment on that decision, Stallworth told Aaron Wilson that he had no control over the decision. “I won’t get into all that. You can talk to the coaches about that.”
The Ravens have yet to fully utilize Stallworth as a speedy down field target. He has just two receptions this season for 82 yards. However, Baltimore’s offensive game plan was to pound the Saints defense on the ground, which they were able to accomplish with 153 yards rushing from Ray Rice.