As trade rumors swirled around Ravens inside linebacker Arthur Brown throughout the day, word about his status eventually reached him.

NFL teams contacted the Ravens because they are intrigued by the 2013 second-round draft pick and former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year from Kansas State, but the team is considered extremely unlikely to actually trade Brown, according to sources.

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That backed up what Brown says he was told by the Ravens.

"Trade rumors, I didn't think too much of it," Brown said at his locker after practice Tuesday. "I didn't know how valid it was. Somebody from the staff told me it was just a rumor and there was some interest and they would listen, but I wasn't necessarily on the trading block."

Brown was a healthy scratch for the Ravens' season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The former Kansas State standout is behind starters C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith on the depth chart. Brown has worked to bulk up to roughly 232 pounds, roughly seven pounds more than his playing weight during a quiet rookie season.

Brown spent the majority of his rookie season being utilized in pass coverage as a nickel linebacker, recording 15 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble in 14 games last season. However, Brown didn't play at all against the Bengals and doesn't know if he'll play Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"It's a long season, so it's all about progression," said Brown, an All-American at Kansas State who registered 201 tackles, 16.5 for losses, three sacks and three interceptions in two seasons after transferring from Miami "Our focus is on Pittsburgh. No real explanation behind it as far as I know. They made the decision, and I just do my part."

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