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Burgess is in limbo

The Ravens didn't tender Prescott Burgess a restricted free agent contract, which means the team's top special teams tackler is a unrestricted free agent when the lockout is over.

There is a possibility that the Ravens could re-sign Burgess, but they aren't making any guarantees. With special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo missing games the past two seasons with a quadriceps injury, Burgess led the Ravens in special teams tackles with 34 in 2009 and 15 last season.

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"I think he's a proven special teams guy, he's a proven backup linebacker and I think on another team he could possibly be a starting linebacker," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That's something that Prescott is going to have to decide. He's got a role on our team if we can make it work."

Burgess, 27, was traded in September 2009 to the New England Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick. He was inactive for one week for New England before getting signed to the Patriots' practice squad for the week leading up to their game against the Ravens. One day after the Ravens played at New England, the Ravens signed Burgess off the Patriots' practice squad to take the place of the injured Ayanbadejo.

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Now, once again, Burgess can only wonder whether he'll return to the Ravens.

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