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Ravens add to their cornerback depth by signing Marrio Norman

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The Ravens added to their cornerback depth Tuesday by signing Marrio Norman, who tried out for the team in an offseason minicamp.

Norman, who is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and played his college ball at Coastal Carolina, spent last season with the Arena Football League's Cleveland Gladiators. He had 57 tackles and seven interceptions in 12 games. The previous season, he had 73 tackles and five interceptions for the AFL's Georgia Force.

To make room for Norman, the Ravens released wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard, the former Towson standout who spent the majority of last season on the Ravens' practice squad.

Through the first week of training camp, the team's depth at cornerback has become a concern. Top corner Lardarius Webb is dealing with a back injury that head coach John Harbaugh acknowledged last night has lingered longer than the team had hoped.

Veteran corner Aaron Ross, who was expected to compete for the No.3 corner spot, tore his Achilles tendon while taking the team's conditioning test and is done for the season. Another veteran, Dominique Franks, failed his conditioning test and didn't practice for the first time until Sunday.

Chykie Brown, who entered camp as one of the favorites for the third cornerback spot along with Asa Jackson, has struggled.

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