The Ravens' dozen roster cuts Sunday included veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, a former starter.
Shiancoe is a former Minnesota Vikings starter and Morgan State standout who was signed to a one-year, non-guaranteed $940,000 contract after tight end Dennis Pitta fractured and dislocated his right hip.
However, the Ravens have since signed veteran Dallas Clark and starting tight end Ed Dickson has returned to practice from a partially torn right hamstring. Shiancoe caught five passes for 48 yards through three preseason games, but was at a crowded position.
The Ravens are high on former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg, an undrafted rookie, and like the blocking of tight end Billy Bajema.
“Matt has done well,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He's in the hunt, and he'll get a chance Thursday night to try to make an even stronger case.”
Harewood has been dealing with knee issues throughout camp and wasn't competing for a starting job. He was signed to a one-year, $800,000 contract in March that included a $320,000 signing bonus.
The Ravens also placed outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton on injured reserve after he underwent wrist surgery Friday.
They signed quarterback Dayne Crist after backup Tyrod Taylor suffered concussion symptoms during the fourth quarter of a loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Ravens probably need Crist to get through their preseason finale Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams.
The Ravens also released wide receiver Tommy Streeter and inside linebacker Bryan Hall.
Streeter spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a foot injury after being drafted in the sixth round out of Miami. Big and fast at 6 feet 5, 215 pounds, Streeter didn't have consistent hands and wasn't a polished route runner.
Hall converted from defensive tackle, dropping nearly 50 pounds to get down to 255 pounds to play his new position.
“It's going to be a little tough right here with the numbers, but we feel like he's got a chance to make it somewhere,” Harbaugh said. “If we do this week as opposed to next week, maybe we give him an opportunity do that.”
The Ravens are now down to 77 players on the active roster in advance of a Tuesday NFL deadline to get down to 75 players.
The other roster cuts included running back Damien Berry, wide receivers Rashaad Carter and Gerrard Sheppard (Towson, McDonogh), offensive linemen Jack Cornell and David Mims, cornerback Moe Lee, defensive lineman Will Pericak, who received the highest signing bonus ($13,500) of the Ravens' undrafted rookies, and linebacker Meshak Williams.
“Sometimes you just look at the names in the paper and they're just names, but these are men with dreams and aspirations who work really hard,” Harbaugh said. “Gerrard Sheppard, local guy who just did a great job for us, really talented, hard-working good person.”
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