Lamar Divens can finally enjoy his Labor Day weekend.
Saturday turned into a bright day for the defensive tackle after he learned that he had made the team's 53-man active roster.
"I'm definitely excited," Divens said. "I've been sitting around all day, not knowing what was going on or what was going to happen. I was nervous and confused at the same time, but I'm just glad it worked out in the end."
Divens, Brandon McKinney, Kelly Talavou and rookie Arthur Jones were thought to be on the bubble as defensive line was one of the Ravens' more crowded positions. But with rookie Terrence Cody questionable for the season opener against the New York Jets on Sept. 13 after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee and Talavou being placed in injured reserve with a left knee injury, Divens, McKinney and Jones all made the roster.
Divens sat out last season due to an injured hip that relegated him to injured reserve, but he declared himself ready for the grind of the 16-game regular season.
"My hips are great," he said. "I was sitting here and talking to my wifre about how good God has been. My hips are 100 percent better. I haven't had any trouble out of my hips at all, and it gave me a year to develop, to watch the game and learn from others."
Relieved to hear of his status on the team, Divens said he can now pass the good news onto his mother.
"My mom's been calling me all day, asking me if I've heard anything," he said. "It's a relief for her. She can finally enjoy her [Labor Day weekend], too."