Veteran tight end Dallas Clark hasn't had a sterling preseason since signing a one-year, $1.005 million contract with the Ravens.
The Ravens are remaining patient with the former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter, giving the 34-year-old extensive playing time during a 24-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night as they concluded the preseason.
It produced mixed results as Clark caught just one pass for four yards on three targets, but the Ravens are confident that he's shedding rust after not being with any team for the entire offseason. Clark caught 47 passes for 435 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Buccaneers
"Dallas has made nice progress," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "In all seriousness, that's why we played him in the game. The idea was to give him a chance to get out there and get some more time on the field catching balls and get
his nose dirty a little bit in the mud there and block those guys.
"He did all that, and he came out of it stronger for having done it. It was good for him. He'll get stronger and stronger as the season goes on, I would anticipate. I know he's excited to get back at it. He's still got all of the skills that Dallas has always had, so it's good to see all those things."
Panthers RB, Harewood fined
Consequences have been handed down from the league office.
Carolina Panthers running back Armond Smith was fined $15,000 by the NFL,
punishment stemming from him kicking Ravens linebacker Albert McClellan
in the upper thigh during a preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium.
McClellan, who got tangled up with Smith after tackling him, wasn't injured and didn't retaliate.
Former Ravens reserve offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, cut days after the
Carolina game, was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness.
Harewood dove onto a pile late following an Anthony Allen run against the Panthers.