Prior to Sunday, the
had been one of 17 teams that had yet to surrender a return for a touchdown.
That changed Sunday night when
returned a kickoff 107 yards just 3 minutes, 17 seconds into the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium.
The touchdown, which was the longest play in Jets history and the longest allowed by the Ravens in their history, was the first kickoff return against the Ravens since
became the head coach in 2008, but the third such kick return for a touchdown over that same span.
The play was especially deflating because it occurred after the Ravens had taken a 7-0 lead when free safety
sacked and stripped quarterback
and inside linebacker
returned the fumble six yards for the touchdown.
New York had entered the contest ranked 11th in the
with a 24.4-yard average on kick returns, and the touchdown was the franchise's 15th since 2001, which topped the league.
On Thursday, Ravens special teams coordinator
expressed his respect for Jets special teams coordinator
"It seems when you turn their tape on every year, whether you're playing them or not, you watch the Jets have big returns and big plays," Rosburg said. "Mike uses those players very well. You can see that he has a mind that goes after a particular coverage, he'll attack it and he'll look for weak spots like we all do. He has great players to attack. He does a very good job in that regard."
Ravens short-handed at cornerback
Reed lined up as the fifth defensive back in the defense's nickel package.
The secondary was forced to use the seven-time Pro Bowler there after the team deactivated cornerback
. Carr's ailing left hamstring flared up again, sidelining him for Friday's practice after he had fully participated in Wednesday's and Thursday's sessions.
His absence — along with that of rookie
(right knee, injured reserve) left the defense with just four healthy cornerbacks in starters
The unit could not employ
as the nickel back as the safety was sidelined by a posterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee.
Kruger, Mason mix it up
hasn't lit up the stat sheet in his three years with the Ravens, but the outside linebacker may have made an indelible impression when he exchanged a few pleasantries with New York Jets wide receiver
in the third quarter.
On third down-and-8 from the Jets' 36-yard line, Mason, a former Raven, caught a pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez, but was wrestled to the turf by Kruger one yard short of a first down.
Afterward, Kruger and Mason traded some shoves, and other players joined in the fray before cooler heads prevailed. Kruger had a decent outing in his limited time, recovering a fumble and tipping away a pass on third down.
Kindle gets active
was active for the first time this season.
Kindle played primarily on special teams, but got no reps on defense in the first half.
Kindle missed last season after fracturing his skull while falling down stairs at a friend's house just before training camp.
Gurode starts for Grubbs
, the five-time
center who started at left guard in last Sunday's 37-7 shellacking of the
, made his second consecutive start there.
Gurode was playing for
, who missed his third consecutive game due to strained ligaments in his toe. Grubbs practiced on a limited basis Thursday, but did not participate in Friday's session.
Rookie wide receiver
, who caught five passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns in his NFL debut against the Rams, started against New York. He was filling in for
, who sat out his second straight contest because of a left ankle injury. The Ravens also scratched safety
(right posterior cruciate ligament), linebacker
(hamstring) and wide receiver
(left shoulder strain). … The Jets played without three-time Pro Bowl center
. Mangold, who has been hobbled by a high right ankle sprain, will be replaced by rookie
. New York also deactivated quarterback
, wide receiver
, running back
and defensive tackle
. … Free safety
, right guard
represented the Ravens for the coin toss. Three former Ravens in linebacker
, wide receiver
represented the Jets.