OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens released two veterans Wednesday and promoted two young players from their practice squad that they feel will help improve their special teams units.
The two players released were safety Michael Huff and defensive lineman Marcus Spears.
Both were signed as free agents during the spring.
Huff started the season as Baltimore's starting free safety, but he was benched after struggling against the Denver Broncos in Week 1 and had played primarily on special teams since. He was largely to blame for the critical long kick return that the Ravens allowed late in their loss to the Steelers prior to the bye week.
Spears played in five games, primarily as a backup, but he was sidelined by a knee injury earlier this month and graded out poorly against the Steelers, according to Pro Football Focus.
The two players Baltimore promoted from its practice squad were safeties Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick.
Trawick played in three games on special teams earlier this season after making the team as an undrafted free agent largely because of his value on special teams.
Brown, known by teammates as "Baby Ed Reed" because of his knack for being around the ball, has spent most of the year-plus on the Ravens' practice squad. He played in three games last season.
"These are two good young safeties," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "We have high hopes for both of these guys. ... We think they both have tremendous upside on defense and special teams immediately."
Harbaugh didn't rule out the possibility that the Ravens could re-sign Spears or Huff at a later date.