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Ravens cut safety Christian Thompson, according to a source

The Ravens have cut reserve safety Christian Thompson, according to a league source.

Thompson had just been reinstated by the NFL after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The Ravens had been granted a roster exemption for Thompson but opted instead to release the 2012 fourth-round draft pick from South Carolina State.

Thompson, whose suspension cost him $112,941 of his $480,000 base salary through the punishment (four $28,235 game checks), is eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers. He played in seven games as a rookie last season and registered no statistics.

The Ravens have plenty of safeties on the active roster, including starters Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo, and backups Michael Huff, Jeromy Miles and Anthony Levine. Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick are on the practice squad.

Miles was claimed last week off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals, obtained primarily for special teams. Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that the team would like to work him in this week after resting him last week because of a lingering hamstring injury.

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