Carroll County Times

Ravens Notebook: Ravens release WR Williams

OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens released reserve wide receiver LaQuan Williams Sunday.
Williams was considered an asset on special teams, and he made some plays on offense during the summer, but his release likely had a lot to do with the excess of wide receivers that Baltimore has on its roster.
Before releasing Williams, the Ravens had seven wide receivers on their 53-man roster. NFL teams typically don't carry more than six.
Williams signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and played for the Ravens each of the last two seasons.
BACK IN THE MIX: Baltimore signed seven players to its practice squad Sunday, including tight end Matt Furstenburg, safety Omar Brown and Sykesville native Brandon Copeland, an inside linebacker.
All seven players that the Ravens signed spent the summer with Baltimore and were released as the Ravens trimmed their roster to 53 players during the weekend.
Also among the practice squad signings were defensive lineman Cody Larsen and offensive linemen Reggie Stephens, J.J. Unga and Jordan Devey.
JOHNNY FOOTBALL: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is one of the more heavily scrutinized players in the NFL. Johnny Manziel, meanwhile, has become maybe the most scrutinized college football player in recent memory.
The Texas A&M quarterback became the first freshman in history to win the Heisman Trophy last season. But Manziel is seemingly more talked about for his questionable on-field antics and the issues he's had off the field during the last several months.
Flacco brought up Manziel while answering a question having to do with the negative reaction fans in Denver had to a banner with his likeness on it being put on the Broncos' stadium by the NFL in an attempt to advertise Thursday's regular season opener between Baltimore and Denver.
Flacco jokingly emphasized that he had nothing to do with the banner being put on the stadium, but he went on to say with a smile, "But hey, it's cool. Being hated is not a bad thing."
"I don't know if I'll be too popular for this," Flacco added. "But I don't know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel, but I feel like now everyone hates him. He's quickly becoming my favorite player in college football."
INJURY REPORT: Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee returned to practice Sunday after being sidelined for much of the previous two weeks, reportedly because of knee soreness. Defensive lineman Arthur Jones was still absent from practice. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said last week that Jones is dealing with a personal health issue that isn't considered serious. Wide receiver Deonte Thompson is also still not practicing as he continues to work back from a sprained foot.
ADDING ON: The Ravens claimed linebacker Robert James off of waivers from the Falcons Sunday.
James was a fifth-round pick of Atlanta in 2008. He played in every game for the Falcons last year, primarily on special teams.