The Ravens have waived defensive end Michael Onuoha, they announced Saturday, the first of several cuts the team is expected to make by mid-August.
Under a set of coronavirus-related guidelines reached Friday by the NFL and NFL Players Association, rosters must be reduced to 80 players by Aug. 16. The Ravens entered this weekend with 89, one short of the offseason limit.
According to ESPN, teams can carry their current roster until the deadline if no more than 80 players are in a team facility at one time. If a team is unable to accomodate over 80 players, it will be expected to make roster moves and abide by the NFL’s social-distancing guidelines.
With Ravens veterans set to arrive Tuesday in Owings Mills for their first round of COVID-19 testing, and team activities expected to ramp up later in the week, the front office might not wait long to make more cuts.
Onuoha, 27, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Division II Texas A&M-Commerce last year but suffered a fractured wrist in the preseason and did not make the 53-man roster. He rejoined the Ravens on the practice squad in November and signed a reserve-future deal in January.