By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
10:04 AM EDT, August 31, 2012
The Ravens have retained defensive tackle Bryan Hall on their roster as they make cuts today, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Hall had an impressive preseason, making with eight tackles, including four tackles with one for a loss against the St. Louis Rams in Thursday's preseason finale.
A practice squad player for the Ravens last year after going undrafted out of Arkansas State, Hall provides an active, quick interior presence although undersized at 6-foot, 291 pounds.
The Ravens retained outside linebacker Sergio Kindle, cut third quarterback Curtis Painter and retained wide receiver Deonte Thompson.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced no roster decisions at his press conference today.
"I really like this football team," Harbaugh said. "This is a very difficult day. It was tough. We're still up in the air on a couple of things right now. There all kind of possiblities still out there. We're striving for our best 53 for now. In this league, it's very fluid. Nothing is certain. Once you get past the first week, you go to the second week and see where we're at."
Several players were at practice, including running back Anthony Allen who's expected to be cut, but that doesn't necessarily mean they've made the team.
Allen, outside linebacker Sergio Kindle, running back Bobby Rainey, quarterback Curtis Painter and cornerback Chykie Brown were all at practice.
Rainey is slated to make the final roster cutdown and is in the Ravens' plans, according to a league source.
UPDATE: And now Rainey has indicated on his Twitter account that he's officially a Raven
Offensive tackle Ramon Harewood, who wasn't in danger of being released, has also Tweeted that he made the team.
The diminutive undrafted rookie rshed for 55 yards on 23 carries, catching a team-high 14 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned eight punts for 54 yards and four kickoffs for 92 yards.
Wide receiver Deonte Thompson, a speedy undrafted rookie from the University of Florida, who caught 10 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, is also expected to make the team as the sixth wide receiver.
The Ravens are also expected to hold onto rookie seventh-round defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson, who had two tackles with one for a loss and one quarterback hit against the Rams. Tyson was at practice today.
Meanwhile, the Ravens have made several other roster decisions.
Rookie wide receiver Tommy Streeter has been placed on injured reserve, a league source confirmed.
Streeter has a sprained left foot that has sidelined him for the past week since catching a touchdown pass in the third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been wearing a protective walking boot.
The Ravens have placed offensive lineman Justin Boren on injured reserve, according to a league source.
The Ravens have released former seventh-round running back Anthony Allen, per a league source.
Allen made the Ravens' roster last season as a rookie, but became vulnerable this year with the addition of third-round rookie running back Bernard Pierce as the new primary backup to Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice.
Allen also struggled with his pass protection in preseason games, allowing two sacks.
Plus, running back Damien Berry is in the process of brokering an injury settlement from the team.
Ravens rookie safety Omar Brown has been released, according to a league source.
Brown had three fumble recoveries during the preseason and intercepted one pass.
He led the Ravens with six tackles against the Rams.
The Ravens also cut undrafted rookie middle linebacker Nigel Carr, according to a source.
Carr led the Ravens with 16 tackles during the preseason and had two for losses against the Rams.
Carr, who transferred to Alabama State after being kicked off the Florida State football team due to legal issues, could be brought back for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
They have cut undrafted rookie defensive lineman Terrence Moore and former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cord Howard, who started at left tackle against the Rams, among others at the bottom of the depth chart. Undrafted rookie wide receiver Dorian Graham is another player who's being released today.
The Ravens have informed undrafted rookie offensive tackle Jack Cornell that he's being cut. If he clears waivers, he's expected to join the Ravens' eight-man practice squad. Cornell had a strong training camp, but faced tough odds to unseat several veteran players.
The Ravens cut massive rookie nose guard Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, according to a league source. He's expected to join the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Kitchen had four tackles and a sack against the Rams.
The Ravens also cut undrafted rookei defensive lineman Nicholas Jean-Baptiste, according to a league source.
The Ravens cut linebacker Chavis Williams, a move that likely bodes well for Kindle. They were competing for one of the final roster spots.
Williams is expected to be placed on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
The roster moves today aren't expected to be major surprises.
The Ravens already made their biggest roster move of the preseason on Sunday when they cut former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff by terminating his $14.7 million contract and going with rookie Justin Tucker as their new kicker.