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Cundiff one of several ex-Ravens set to face former team

OWINGS MILLS - To fans in Baltimore, Billy Cundiff's name will be forever be linked to his missed goal in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots following the 2011 regular season.
The Ravens have since won a Super Bowl, and Cundiff is more than a year removed from being a part of Baltimore's roster, but many (if not most) in Baltimore still seem to harbor resentment toward Cundiff for that missed kick that dashed any hopes of the Ravens advancing to the Super Bowl.
Baltimore released Cundiff last summer. But on Sunday, Cundiff will return to M&T Bank Stadium as an opponent for the first time since that missed kick in New England.
Cundiff, now the kicker for the Cleveland Browns, will be one of six former Ravens taking on their former team Sunday when Cleveland plays Baltimore.
Cundiff lasted just five games with the Washington Redskins last year, and he was released by the New York Jets earlier this summer, but he signed with the Browns last week and made the lone field goal he attempted during Cleveland's first game.
"We'll have a chance to have a conversation with him I hope," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Cundiff, who spent three years with Baltimore. "Billy is a very good kicker, and Billy made a lot of kicks, especially at M&T. I don't know if he ever missed here. He's kicked off really well for them so far. He'll be another guy who is on the other side for this game, but I've got a lot of respect for him."
A couple of the other former Ravens now on the other side are outside linebacker Paul Kruger and running back Bobby Rainey.
Kruger had a breakout season for Baltimore last year, and he parlayed that success into a five-year, $41 million contract with Cleveland. He had 12.5 sacks during his final 12 games of last season (including the playoffs). He had four tackles and a sack in his first game with the Browns.
As for Rainey, he made plays during each of the last two summers with the Ravens at both running back and on special teams, and he spent last year on Baltimore's practice squad, but he was released by the Ravens when Baltimore trimmed its roster to 53 players. He was claimed on waivers by Cleveland.
With the Browns, he's the team's primary kick returner and the backup at running back to starter Trent Richardson. Rainey didn't have a carry in Cleveland's first game, but he averaged 25.8 yards per return on four kick returns.
Other former Ravens on the Browns include right guard Oniel Cousins, reserve wide receiver Tori Gurley and backup nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen.