When the NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday afternoon, inside linebacker Arthur Brown was still with the Ravens.
Brown was linked to trade rumors in September and was assured by the Ravens that he wasn't on the trading block after the team fielded calls about him. Sources told The Baltimore Sun at the time that the Ravens were resistant to trading Brown.
Despite being inactive for the first eight games, the 2013 second-round draft pick from Kansas State was relieved to remain with the Ravens.
"No doubt, I had my mind focused on my role on this team and staying ready to contribute," Brown said. "I'm thankful to be here."
Brown said he was unaware of the looming trade deadline, so Tuesday was a fairly routine day for the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
"I didn't even know, I didn't realize that," Brown said. "I'm glad to be here."
Brown has been a healthy scratch for the entire first half of the season, but his gameday status could be changing. Because of injuries at other positions, the Ravens need depth on special teams and that could prompt them to activate Brown for Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
"I'm just working hard and staying focused," Brown said. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance to be out there."
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. This has been a quiet season for Brown, though, with undrafted rookie Zach Orr active for every game while Brown has become a fixture on the inactive list.
"It's a long season," said Brown, an All-American at Kansas State who had 201 tackles, 16.5 for losses, three sacks and three interceptions in two seasons at the Big 12 school after transferring from Miami. So, it's all about progression."