Baltimore Ravens sign veteran linebacker Jason Babin, to a one-year deal with according to league sources. Babin, an 11-year veteran with 62.5 career sacks and two Pro Bowl selections. (Kevin Richardson)
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that outside linebacker Jason Babin will practice with the Ravens Wednesday and could play in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.
Babin, an 11-year veteran, worked out with the Ravens in the Bay Area yesterday and then agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. The Ravens view the two-time Pro Bowl selection as part of the plan to replace Terrell Suggs, who suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon in the team's loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday. Suggs will be placed on injured reserve to make room for Babin.
"The reason we added him is because of our situation, roster-wise, with Terrell," Harbaugh said Wednesday from his team's downtown headquarters. "Obviously, those others guys will step up and expand the roles, if you want to call it that, the guys who have been here. And [Babin will] provide us with another player at that position who is a very good player.
"I like the way he plays, I like his style. I like his mentality – tough, smart, hard-playing guy. I think he said it best: his resume is his tape. He was playing for the Jets in the preseason and we watched that very carefully. He looked like he'd fit us well."
Harbaugh acknowledged that Babin, who has 64½ sacks in his career, being available was a "good thing."
Still, Harbaugh said the plan remains to move Elvis Dumervil to the rush linebacker spot formerly occupied by Suggs. Courtney Upshaw will remain the strong-side linebacker with Babin and rookie fourth-round draft pick Za'Darius Smith getting repetitions behind the two starters.
"He's definitely capable of playing first and second down and he'll be out there on first and second down," Harbaugh said of Dumervil. "But there will be some kind of rotation like we always do and it will be just geared toward the guys that we have now."
In other news, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said in a conference call with Baltimore reporters that his starting quarterback, Derek Carr, is in good shape to play Sunday. Carr sprained the thumb on his throwing hand in Oakland's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday.