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Cousins, Harper among nine cut by Ravens

Former third-round pick Oniel Cousins and practice squad player Justin Harper were among nine players cut by the Ravens on Saturday.

Teams have to trim their roster to 80 players by Tuesday, so the Ravens (who have 81 players on the roster right now) have to make one more cut.

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Others waived by the Ravens were offensive tackle Brady Bond and tight end Jonathan Stupar along with five undrafted rookies: center Ryan Bartholomew (Syracuse), defensive tackle Cornell Banks (Fresno State), linebacker Anthony Leon (Arkansas), wide receiver Rodney Bradley (Hawaii) and wide receiver Terrell Zachery (Auburn).

Cousins never developed like the Ravens envisioned when they drafted him in the third round in 2008. He made four career starts, one of which he struggled mightily against LaMarr Woodley and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Cousins began training camp competing against rookie Jah Reid for the starting right tackle job, but he was moved to guard after struggling in the preason opener. The Ravens moved him further down the depth chart in the preseason game when they decided to start offensive tackle Mark LeVoir at guard over Cousins.

Harper, a seventh-round pick in 2008, was a practice squad player for the past two seasons (he spent his rookie season on injured reserve) and couldn't overcome consistent drops in the previous preseasons. His chances of making the team dropped significantly when undrafted rookie wide receiver LaQuan Williams continued to impress this preseason.

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