Ravens to acquire former Jaguars LB T.J. Slaughter

OWINGS MILLS – In a pending transaction intended to bolster depth on special teams and at linebacker, the Baltimore Ravens are expected to officially announce the signing of former Jacksonville Jaguars starter T.J. Slaughter today. Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome indicated that outside linebacker and special-teams ace Adalius Thomas will now be placed on injured reserve after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair his fractured elbow.

Newsome declined to elaborate on whom the Ravens would specifically sign, but said it would be a linebacker in all probability.

Slaughter, 26, was cut by Jacksonville in late October one day after he was arrested for allegedly brandishing a gun at two teenagers passing him in a car, which Slaughter denied. The fourth-year professional was charged after police discovered a 9 mm handgun with two clips of ammunition in his luxury SUV, according to published reports.

However, the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge was dropped last month when his attorney reached an agreement with Florida prosecutors to have Slaughter surrender his gun and make a $500 charitable donation. The teenagers said they were attempting to comment on how nice the rims on Slaughter's vehicle were.

Slaughter was released by the Green Bay Packers last week when they signed cornerback James Whitley.

Packers coach Mike Sherman told Green Bay reporters that he had no concerns about Slaughter's character when the club signed him on Nov. 11.

"I researched T.J. probably as much as anybody," Sherman said."He's lived in three states. There is not one report on him from any of those states. I have pretty good resources that I trust in regard to T.J."

Slaughter is 6-foot and 233 pounds and was a third-round draft pick in 2000 out of Southern Missisippi. Last season, he had 59 tackles in 11 games and has 21 tackles and one sack this fall in limited playing time.

In 2001, Slaughter was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and illegal substances.

2-POINT RULING: Because officials didn't have access to an additional view of whether Chester Taylor's knees hit the ground before crossing the goal line on a 2-point conversion attempt, the Ravens' instant replay challenge was denied in the third quarter Sunday because of inconclusive evidence.

NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira acknowledged in a Monday evening interview broadcast on the NFL Network that officials didn't get to see another replay angle that clearly demonstrated that Taylor wasn't down before the football broke the plane.

The Ravens wound up trailing 17-12 after Todd Heap's touchdown instead of 17-14 because of the ruling.

"We have a sideline shot in reviewing the play and we also got the shot that comes in from the end zone and from these two shots we never get a clear look that the knee hits the ground, and that's the key," Pereira said. "We have to have indisputable evidence to whether the knee is on the ground or not.

"The referee has 90 seconds and that's all he gets underneath the hood in order to make a decision. This particular shot came after the fact, after Ed Hockuley had left underneath the monitor so we couldn't use it. Had we had this shot there is a possibility that we would have certainly overturned the call because here you can see there is evidence of the fact that the knee is up."

QUICK HITS: The players elected defensive end Marques Douglas as this year's Ed Block Courage Award winner from Baltimore. Douglas has 72 tackles and two sacks following a knee injury that ended his season last year. …The team hosted its third annual Ravens All-Community Team Auction Party at M&T Bank Stadium. Players participate in the auction, which benefits several charities along with the players' foundations.

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