OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens released several players Sunday morning in advance of Tuesday's deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters to 75 players.
The most notable among Baltimore's cuts were tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and offensive lineman Ramon Harewood.
The Ravens signed Shiancoe in late July after losing top tight end Dennis Pitta to a serious hip injury, but Shiancoe struggled at times during the last several weeks and became more expendable with fellow veteran Dallas Clark now in the mix and starter Ed Dickson progressing well from the partially torn hamstring he suffered earlier in training camp.
The Ravens also seem pleased with the progress of undrafted rookie tight end Matt Furstenburg, and releasing Shiancoe could clear the way for Furstenburg to make Baltimore's roster as the team's third tight end.
Harewood was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2010. He dealt with injuries each of his first two seasons with Baltimore - and spent both years on injured reserve - but he started five games at left guard last season and appeared likely to make the team as a reserve.
The Ravens also cut wide receivers Tommy Streeter, Rashaad Carter and Gerrard Sheppard, offensive linemen Jack Cornell and David Mims, inside linebacker Bryan Hall, running back Damien Berry, outside linebacker Meshak Williams, cornerback Moe Lee and defensive lineman Will Pericak.
Baltimore did sign a player Sunday, quarterback Dayne Crist, giving it another quarterback should backup Tyrod Taylor, as expected, not play during the final preseason game Thursday.
Taylor suffered a concussion against the Carolina Panthers last week.
Prior to signing Crist, Caleb Hanie was the only quarterback on the Ravens' roster aside from Joe Flacco and Taylor.
Like Taylor, Flacco isn't expected to play in the preseason finale Thursday.
The moves Sunday leave Baltimore with 77 players on its roster.