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Harbaugh says team won't hesitate to trade or cut players to get better

Given the rapidly declining state of the Ravens following consecutive losses, coach John Harbaugh delivered a stern message Monday.

The gist of it one day after a 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that included costly late special-teams breakdowns: Harbaugh's not going to tolerate substandard performances, and the team won't hesitate to make changes in an effort to upgrade the roster.

On Monday as the Ravens (3-4) enter their bye week, demoted veteran offensive  Bryant McKinnie was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a conditional late-round draft pick. McKinnie had already been replaced by new left tackle Eugene Monroe.

"We'll do whatever it takes," Harbaugh said. "We'll trade guys, we'll cut guys, we'll sign guys. We'll coach guys, we'll change schemes. It doesn't matter. We have to find a way to get better.

"That's the business we're in. We've got the men for the job. I like our guys, but that's what we've got to work on, continue to work on. This week's a chance to really focus on that.

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