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Harbaugh thinks Cousins has a future ¿ at guard

A portion of Ravens coach John Harbaugh's session with the media prior to Saturday's practice dealt with the organization's decision to waive offensive tackle Oniel Cousins (which we will address later).

But Harbaugh suggested that Cousins, a former UTEP standout who was selected in the third round in 2008, might be better suited at a position other than offensive tackle.

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"I think personally his future is at guard, and I think he can do it," Harbaugh said. "But it's going to take a little bit of an opportunity where somebody has a need for that guy, and he can go to work on it."The team attempted to do just that with Cousins, starting him at right guard in a 31-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 19. But Cousins did not play in Thursday night's 34-31 win against the Washington Redskins, and the presence of Mark LeVoir and rookie Jah Reid – who will back up right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Michael Oher, respectively – made Cousins expendable.

"Right now, you could say they're backups and those are two quality backups at tackle and guard," Harbaugh said of LeVoir and Reid. "So how many more veteran backups can you take? Oniel and me had a great conversation after the game. I guess it was Friday, yesterday, and this decision was made, basically, last night. So it was thought through. … With our situation with Jah being young and bringing in Mark, it kind of squeezed him out."

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Oher said he has not had a chance to talk to Cousins, but he expressed confidence Cousins will find employment with another NFL franchise.

"Great guy," Oher said. "I'm going to miss him. Hard worker. Shouldn't be a problem for him finding a job. Hate that he left. Had the attitude of a Raven. I'm going to miss him. So I wish him luck."

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