Ravens cut two more players

The Baltimore Ravens waived linebacker Andre Arnold and wide receiver Lonny Mitchell eading into Thursday night's preseason finale against the New York Giants. That reduces the roster to 66 players. Because of an NFL Europe exemption for receiver Kenyon Hambrick, the Ravens are allowed one player over the NFL roster limit of 65 after Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline. Arnold had arthroscopic knee surgery in camp. Mitchell hurt his ankle against the Eagles.

The Ravens have to be down to 53 players by Sept. 1. They can begin establishing a five-member practice squad the next day.

 "There's still some decisions to be made," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Obviously, the game will have a long way to go toward it. I'm pleased with the options we have to choose from."

Although Billick didn't confirm or deny that punter Dave Zastudil would be the Ravens' third quarterback during games, rookie quarterback Wes Pate said he wasn't officially informed that he would be placed on the practice squad.

"Nobody ever said anything to me," said Pate, a seventh-round pick, of a maneuver that would allow room for kickoff specialist J.R. Jenkins or another extra player. "I was kind of surprised, but I don't know. Whatever's best for the team."

Starter Chris Redman will play in the first half and take all of the work with the first unit unlike the Eagles game when backup Jeff Blake took some work with the starting offense.

The Ravens' defense regains outside linebacker Peter Boulware, cornerback Gary Baxter and defensive end Michael McCrary against New York. Boulware, Baxter and McCrary haven't played in any preseason games because of ankle, hamstring and knee injuries, respectively.

Boulware said he would play about one quarter while McCrary, removed from the physically unable to perform list Monday, will be limited to situational pass rushing.

Baxter is set to start in the nickel package. Alvin Porter will start in Baxter's place, with newly acquired veteran Robert Tate seeing some action, Billick said.

"I'm just trying to get some rushes in, get a feel for hitting again," McCrary said.

Meanwhile, rookie defensive end Anthony Weaver said his high ankle sprain has improved markedly, but the second-round pick won't be available until Carolina.

Defensive back James Trapp is out with a torn pectoral muscle. Rookie cornerback Jason Olford has recovered from a hip flexor injury.


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