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NFL trade deadline expires with no deals for Ravens

Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens stood pat at Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.
Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens stood pat at Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

The NFL's trade deadline passed Tuesday afternoon with no moves made by the Ravens.

The Ravens did have discussions with teams, including conversations about Denver Broncos reserve cornerback Tony Carter, according to sources.

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The Ravens ultimately were unable to work out a deal. The only trades Tuesday were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sending safety Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams and linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the New Englnd Patriots.

The Ravens are shorthanded at cornerback with standout Jimmy Smith sidelined for at least a few weeks, and probably longer, with a sprained left foot, according to sources.

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They may start Dominique Franks opposite veteran corner Lardarius Webb on Sunday against a Pittsburgh Steelers offense headlined by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

The Ravens are expected to make reserve corner Chykie Brown active after scratching him for the past two games. They are keeping undrafted rookie Tramain Jacobs on the practice squad. Having safety Anthony Levine get some work at cornerback is another option.

"We don't have to," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday when asked if the Ravens would be adding a cornerback. "If we could find the right guy, then we'd do that, but they're scarce. You have a name for me, I'm willing to hear it."

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