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Ravens cut 11 players, including RB Allen and CB Anthony

OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens took a major step in trimming their roster to 53 players on Friday.
Baltimore cut 11 players, including running back Anthony Allen and rookie cornerback Marc Anthony, who the Ravens took in the seventh round of this year's NFL draft.
Baltimore also put injured outside linebacker D.J. Bryant on injured reserve after Bryant suffered a significant knee injury Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams.
The Ravens are down to 63 players on their roster, but they still have 10 more moves to make before today's 6 p.m. deadline for NFL teams to cut their rosters to 53 players.
As far as Friday, Allen was probably the biggest name among the cuts.
Allen had just 19 carries during two seasons with Baltimore, but he established himself as a key figure on the Ravens' special teams last season as the lead blocker for Jacoby Jones on kick returns.
But Allen provided little value on offense, and fellow running back Bobby Rainey had a strong training camp and preseason.
With Allen and Delone Carter both released Friday, Rainey appears to have made the team as a reserve running back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.
Other notables among the cuts Friday were Anthony and inside linebacker Brandon Copeland, a Sykesville native.
Anthony became the first draft pick the Ravens have parted ways with the same year he was drafted since 2009, when Baltimore released fifth-round pick Davon Drew and sixth-round pick Cedric Peerman.
The only reason that Anthony's release could be taken as any bit of a surprise is because the move leaves Baltimore with only four cornerbacks on its roster that will be available for the first eight weeks of the regular season, but Anthony struggled this summer and free safety Michael Huff gives the Ravens flexibility because of his ability to play cornerback.
It's also possible that Baltimore could sign a cornerback, and Harbaugh mentioned former Raven Chris Johnson as a possibility should Baltimore decide to go that route.
The Ravens released Johnson earlier this summer.
As far as Copeland, he was attempting to make Baltimore's team as an undrafted free agent.
He was a defensive lineman in college at Penn, but he was praised by teammates and coaches during the summer for the progress he was making at inside linebacker and could be of interest to the Ravens for their practice squad.
Other cuts Friday included inside linebacker Nigel Carr, quarterbacks Caleb Hanie and Dayne Crist, tight end Alex Silvestro and offensive linemen Reggie Stephens, Rogers Gaines and Jordan Devey.