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Ravens terminate contract of newly signed LB Paul Worrilow, waive LB Nicholas Grigsby

Detroit Lions outside linebacker Paul Worrilow (58) watches against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.
Detroit Lions outside linebacker Paul Worrilow (58) watches against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Paul Sancya/AP)

The Ravens have terminated the contract of linebacker Paul Worrilow, the team announced Saturday, one day after signing him. They also waived linebacker Nicholas Grigsby.

NFL Network reported Saturday morning that Worrilow had decided to retire, and several reports later emerged that he wanted to step away from football so that he could be with his pregnant wife. The news came as a surprise to Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who’d spoken to Worrilow on Friday night.

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“He was great. He was all ready and excited to go,” Harbaugh said after his team practiced Saturday morning. “So I was surprised. I assume he’s trying to figure things out, work things out with what he wants to do, he and his family. Every person has the right to do that, so we’ll just kind of see what he decides. We’ll respect it, whatever it is.”

Worrilow, 29, was expected to compete for a backup role behind the team’s top three inside linebackers, Patrick Onwuasor, Chris Board and Kenny Young. The Philadelphia Eagles cut the Delaware native last weekend after he missed the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. He’d previously started 52 NFL games in five seasons for the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.

The Ravens signed Grigsby, 27, a former practice squad member, in late July, but he saw limited game action. He did not play on defense in the Ravens’ preseason opener and got just 14 defensive snaps in each of the next two games.

The Ravens will play Anthony Levine Sr. at linebacker in some sets and could use Brynden Trawick in a similar role if he makes the team. Undrafted rookie Otaro Alaka is also a candidate to make the 53-man roster at inside linebacker.

With the two roster moves, the team has two open spots on its roster heading into Thursday’s preseason finale against the Washington Redskins.

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