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The Ravens are in the process of cutting down to their 53-man roster, and you'll be hearing some names filter out throughout the afternoon. One of the biggest moves became public last night when the team revealed that safety Ed Reed will start the season on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. That means he can't return until Week 7.

This is being cast as no great surprise and no great disaster, since backup Tom Zbikowski has played well in the preseason, but we're still talking about Ed Reed and we're talking about him missing what -- at least on paper -- is the toughest stretch of the regular season. The Ravens play four of their first six games on the road against the Jets, Bengals, Steelers and Patriots.

The biggest decision today will be between placekickers Billy Cundiff and Shayne Graham, and it's still considered a tossup. Though a lot of us have been going on the assumption that Graham would get the nod if the competition were close, I'm not so sure about that now. They did not separate from each other as far as their effectiveness kicking field goals, Cundiff showed more leg on kickoffs, which will have a week-to-week impact on the starting field position of the opposition. I think that's pretty important and I think John Harbaugh does, too. My money is on Cundiff.

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Radio, radio: Love to hear your opinion on that and any other subject today on Sportsline. Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley will join me to talk about the coming roster cuts and we'll also break down the Orioles, who are still winless in September. Tune in to WBAL (1090AM) or WBAL.com at noon and join the conversation.

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