Zbikowski on non-football illness list

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski remains on the non-football illness list due to a skin condition that has required him to wear a mask on his face and apply antibiotic cream to his elbow. The former Notre Dame standout's representatives emphasized that Zbikowski should make a full recovery, saying he's dealing with a case of dermatitis.

Zbikowski isn't believe to be contagious and has been attending meetings. It's unclear when he'll be able to begin practicing. Zbikowski is slated to compete with Haruki Nakamura for the starting strong safety job opposite Ed Reed as the top candidates to replace Dawan Landry, a newly-minted Jacksonville Jaguars starter.

Meanwhile, starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain and long snapper Morgan Cox are on the physically unable to perform list. McClain could have failed his physical or his conditioning test to earn that designation. Cox is on the mend from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in December against the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens re-signed defensive tackle Lamar Divens after cutting him when he failed his physical. And they added undrafted rookie offensive tackle Alex Solot, a 6-foot-8, 316-pounder from UTEP.

And rookie offensive tackle Eric Vanden Hueval left the squad due to issues with the heat that caused him to be carted off the field.

The Ravens aren't retaining defensive tackle Kelly Talavou, withdrawing his $1.2 million restricted qualifying offer. He missed all of last season on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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