Less than 24 hours before quarterbacks, rookies and players coming off injuries participate in their first practice of training camp, the Ravens made a roster move today, releasing guard Howard Barbieri.
The Ravens signed Barbieri in January to a reserve/futures contract. He did not participate in the offseason team activities because of an undisclosed injury.
Barbieri, 24, played his college ball at Rutgers. The 24-year-old was with the Houston Texans last year but has never played in an NFL game.
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The Ravens, who lost left guard Ben Grubbs to the New Orleans Saints a couple of days into free agency, have a host of guard competing for roster spots in training game. Marshal Yanda, who started in the Pro Bowl last year, will start at right guard with recent veteran acquisition Bobbie Williams favorted to start at left guard.
The other guards on the Ravens' roster are Kelechi Osemele, Tony Wragge, Antoine McClain, Jack Cornell and Justin Boren.