The Ravens waived Jake Ryan with a nonfootball injury designation Thursday, just over a month after they signed the veteran inside linebacker.
Ryan, 28, tore his ACL in 2018 with the Green Bay Packers and appeared in just two games last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who in February declined the option in his contract. He agreed to a one-year deal with the Ravens in mid-April and officially signed May 4.
The move reflects the Ravens’ confidence in their bolstered linebacker depth. After losing Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor in free agency, the team shored up the position in the NFL draft with the selection of LSU’s Patrick Queen and Ohio State’s Malik Harrison in the first and third round, respectively.
“We’ll just see how much playing time they earn," coach John Harbaugh said in a teleconference with season-ticket holders last month. "We expect them to earn a lot of playing time. We’re really fired up about those two guys.”“
L.J. Fort also returns as a starter, while Chris Board and Otaro Alaka will compete for spots on the 53-man roster in training camp