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Ravens defensive backs Jimmy Smith, Terrence Brooks ahead of schedule coming off injuries

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was coy in April when asked about the status of his surgically repaired foot.

During an organized team activity Thursday, Smith wasn't hesitant in his movements as he routinely shadowed wide receivers in passing drills.

Signed to a four-year, $48 million contract this offseason, Smith appears to be on his way to a full and relatively speedy recover after undergoing surgery in November for a Lisfranc foot sprain.

“He’s probably ahead of schedule,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I saw a little competitive streak. I tried to remind him he has the red jersey. He won’t put it on. He just has it tucked in his belt right there. So, I think that tells you where his mind is at.”

Meanwhile, free safety Terrence Brooks is running after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee in December. Brooks is slated to start the season on the physically unable to perform list.

“Terrence Brooks is doing really well,” Harbaugh said. “No predictions right now, but he looks good....

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Unlike Jerry Rice, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has no plans to play into his 40s

Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith displayed his traditionally feisty personality and his sense of humor Thursday when the subject of his age and longevity was raised.

The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver celebrated his 36th birthday this month as he heads into his second season with the Ravens and his 15th year in the NFL.

When asked when he started getting questions about his age, Smith replied: “Oh, probably after the height questions stopped. It’s just one of those things. I always have someone questioning the height, prototype or age. It’s always something.”

Unlike Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, Smith has no intentions of playing past age 40. Rice retired when he was 42 years old in 2005 after setting NFL records with 1,549 catches, 22,895 yards and 208 touchdowns.

"Jerry Rice is obviously the greatest wide receiver to ever play, and I really don’t have the family structure to chase 40, to be honest,” Smith said. "I have got a lot of things on my to-do list that don’t...

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Ravens waived/injured cornerback Julian Wilson

The Ravens have waived/injured cornerback Julian Wilson.

It's a precursor to Wilson being placed on injured reserve because of his season-ending broken leg during rookie minicamp that required surgery.

Wilson has to clear waivers, though, to be officially placed on injured reserve.

Wilson was one of the Ravens' most heavily recruited undrafted rookies.

He signed with the Ravens over competing offers from the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. The deal with the Ravens includes a $9,000 signing bonus, according to a source.

Wilson worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Falcons prior to the draft.

He met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine, discussing defensive schemes with secondary coach Chris Hewitt.

Wilson has prototypical size and speed for an NFL defensive back.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound cornerback has 32 3/8-inch arms, 9 1/4-inch hands and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at his campus pro day workout. He bench-pressed...

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Ravens' starting offensive line, top draft picks not at voluntary practice

The Ravens' starting offensive line was absent from the organized team activity on Thursday, but the voluntary practice was otherwise well-attended.

Left tackle Eugene Monroe, left guard Kelechi Osemele, center Jeremy Zuttah, Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda and injured right tackle Rick Wagner were not present. Wagner is recovering from a Lisfranc foot sprain and Zuttah had offseason hip surgery. Osemele attended practice Wednesday.

Veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb was absent, as were outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, rookie offensive tackle Nick Easton (whose class has not yet graduated from Harvard), rookie tight end Nick Boyle (whose class hasn't yet graduated from Delaware), outside linebacker Albert McClellan, defensive end Chris Canty, defensive end Brent Urban (who's coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament and wasn't here for personal reasons), injured rookie cornerback Julian Wilson (broken leg) and injured wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill).


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Ravens agree to terms with veteran CB Cassius Vaughn, sources say

The Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Cassius Vaughn on a one-year contract, according to NFL sources.

It's a veteran minimum deal worth up to $825,000, which includes a $745,000 base salary, a $50,000 bonus for making the 53-man roster and a $30,000 playtime bonus for playing 37 percent of the defensive snaps.

The depth-building move provides experience for a secondary that was affected by injuries to starters Lardarius Webb (back) and Jimmy Smith (Lisfranc foot sprain) last season. The Ravens also recently signed former New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington to a three-year, $7 million contract.

Vaughn played last season for the Detroit Lions. The 27-year-old started five of 13 games, intercepted two passes and made 18 tackles.

For his career, Vaughn has 142 tackles, seven interceptions (he returned two for touchdowns) and a forced fumble.

He has also played for the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts in five NFL seasons after going undrafted out of Missisissippi.


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Ravens undrafted rookie Brennen Beyer making transition to NFL, outside linebacker

As former Michigan defensive end Brennen Beyer went through the process of auditioning for NFL teams, the Ravens undrafted rookie had a strong advocate.

Former Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, the defensive coordinator at Michigan for the past four seasons and now the Wolverines defensive line coach under new coach Jim Harbaugh, guided Beyer and gave a strong recommendation to the Ravens coaching staff.

"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."

Beyer chose to sign with the Ravens over the Oakland Raiders, who brought him in for an official visit prior to the draft.

The Ravens' track record of having at least one undrafted rookie make the roster under coach John Harbaugh was a major factor in Beyer's decision to sign.

"I definitely noticed that they've kept a lot of undrafted guys," said Beyer, who received a $6,000 signing bonus. "They give everyone a fair shot. If you're...

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