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Ravens' Javorious 'Buck' Allen passes physical, cleared to practice

Rookie running back Javorius Allen talks with news media after the first day of rookie camp at Under Armour Performance Center.
Rookie running back Javorius Allen talks with news media after the first day of rookie camp at Under Armour Performance Center. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Ravens rookie running back Javorious "Buck" Allen has passed his physical, officially clearing him to practice.

Allen and fellow rookies Tray Walker and Leon Brown were initially on the non-football injury list before passing their physicals, which includes a mandatory conditioning test.

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Rookies reported to training camp Wednesday. Veterans report this week, and the first full-team practice is Thursday.

Signed to a four-year, $2.75 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $475,000, Allen is competing with Lorenzo Taliaferro to be the primary backup to veteran starter Justin Foresett.

A 6-foot, 221-pound fourth-round draft pick from USC, Allen has 4.53-second speed in the 40-yard dash and posted a 35 1/2-inch vertical leap in predraft testing.

Known as a downhill runner, Allen was compared in one draft publication to former Ravens running back Bernard Pierce.

Allen isn't flashy but rushed for 1,489 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He caught 41 passes for 458 yards and one touchdown while playing through a shoulder injury.

He had six career fumbles in 480 touches and averaged 5.5 yards per carry.

In 2013, he rushed for 785 yards and 14 touchdowns with 22 catches for 252 yards and one touchdown.

He bench-pressed 225 pounds only 11 times at the NFL scouting combine, the fewest of any running back.

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