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Former Raven Jason Babin lands in Arizona for playoffs

Baltimore Ravens' Jason Babin takes the field for warm-ups prior to the Ravens taking on the Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Baltimore Ravens' Jason Babin takes the field for warm-ups prior to the Ravens taking on the Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Out of the NFL since being released by the Ravens on Oct.13, outside linebacker Jason Babin has returned just in time to aid the Arizona Cardinals' playoff push.

Babin, 35, was signed by the Cardinals who needed pass-rush help with starting outside linebacker Alex Okafor being placed on the non-football injury list Tuesday. Arizona also placed former Raven defensive lineman Cory Redding on injured reserve.

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Babin is a two-time Pro-Bowl selection and he has 64 1/2 career sacks in 14 NFL seasons. However, he hardly distinguished himself in his brief stint with the Ravens earlier this season.

He was signed on Sept. 15 just two days after the Ravens lost rush linebacker Terrell Suggs to a season-ending Achilles' injury in a season-opening defeat to the Denver Broncos. Babin was inactive for the first two games as he learned the Ravens' defense, and then he played sparingly in the team's Week Four victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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When Elvis Dumervil went down with a groin injury the following week against the Cleveland Browns, Babin played 23 defensive snaps. However, he committed penalties on three of them and also blew containment a couple of others. One of the penalties was an illegal hands to the face call, which prolonged an eventual touchdown drive for Cleveland.

A day after the game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh called Babin's two offsides penalties in the game "unfathomable." It was no surprise when Babin was released a day later.

The second-seeded Cardinals play host to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional playoff round this weekend.

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