Former Cleveland Browns starting fullback Kiero Small is joining the Ravens' practice squad, sources close to the former Cardinal Gibbons standout said Thursday.
The Ravens cut wide receiver Jace Davis from the practice squad to create a roster spot for Small.
Small was starting for the Browns, blocking for fellow Baltimore native and former Towson All-American running back Terrance West before being released this week and clearing waivers.
Small was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks, but he was released by the Super Bowl champions before the start of the regular season.
It has been a long journey to the NFL for Small. After high school, he attended Valley Forge Military Academy before leaving after one semester, discouraged by the highly regimented schedule that included a 4 a.m. reveille.
Small then worked at his family's T-shirt business in downtown Baltimore before enrolling at Hartnell Junior College in California, where he developed into an All-American playing fullback and linebacker. He accepted a scholarship to Arkansas, where the Razorbacks installed him as a lead blocker.
The 5-foot-9, 242-pound fullback rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 128 yards last season. He played last year after being granted a medical redshirt for missing all but one game of the 2012 season with a broken foot that required surgery.
Small worked out for the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons and visited the Browns prior to the NFL draft. Small also participated in the Ravens' local prospect day.