Ravens waive 13, place 3 on IR - UPDATED

OWINGS MILLS – The Baltimore Ravens shaved down their roster by releasing 13 players, also placing return specialist Derek Abney, tight end Trent Smith and cornerback Fred Weary on injured reserve.

The Ravens released cornerback Marcell Allmond, running back Kory Chapman, offensive tackle Brendan Darby, offensive tackle Eric Dumas (University of Maryland), quarterback Brian Gaither, linebacker John Garrett, defensive tackle Douglas Goodwin, punter Clinton Greathouse, wide receiver Kareem Kelly, cornerback Sam Massey (Morgan State), wide receiver Cecil Moore, long snapper Don Muhlbach and defensive tackle Bryan Save.

Counting NFL Europe roster exemptions and linebacker Peter Boulware (knee) and quarterback Anthony Wright (shoulder) on the physically unable to perform list, the Ravens are down to the league-mandated 65 players before today's deadline.

"Obviously, it's always a tough thing to do," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Those are good young men that we had to send out the door. That is a part of the business. That's a good thing from the standpoint that we can have good players leave."

Abney, a seventh-round draft pick, injured his shoulder during the first preseason game. Weary is nursing a strained quadriceps. And Smith broke his leg over a year ago, but still isn't completely healed.

"I never expected them to place me on the injured reserve, but Ozzie Newsome called me into his office and told me before practice," Smith said. "It's probably a blessing in disguise, but it sure is frustrating."

The Ravens' next roster cut is to 53 players on Sept. 5 and will likely include a few prominent names. The team is allowed to establish an eight-man practice squad the following day.

THIRD WIDEOUT: It hasn't been decided who will assume the Ravens' third wide receiver spot in a competition between Randy Hymes and rookie Devard Darling.

Hymes started at split end against the Detroit Lions in place of Travis Taylor (groin) as Darling aggravated a strained quadriceps during pregame drills.

Hymes has caught three passes for 40 yards, and Darling has one reception for 7 yards.

"It's going down to the wire," Hymes said "I'm just focused on playing well and making the ball club."

ON THE MOVE: With the impending arrival of seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Deion Sanders as the Ravens' nickel back, Corey Fuller will shift from cornerback to safety.

That move had been planned before training camp for Fuller, 33, before nickel back Dale Carter suffered a blood clot in his lungs.

"I was going to safety anyway, so it ain't no problem for me," said Fuller, who's nursing a bruised lower leg. "I've been eager from the word ‘go' to go to safety."

QUICK HITS: Backup quarterback Kordell Stewart has completed 10 of 24 passes (41.7 percent) for one touchdown, three interceptions and a 34.9 passer rating. He fumbled and threw an interception in the red zone against the Lions. … Kevin Johnson is the leading receiver with six catches for 70 yards. … Chester Taylor leads the team with 184 yards and two scores on 21 carries. … Linebacker Bart Scott leads the team with 20 tackles.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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