Baltimore Ravens

Ravens trim roster to 67 by letting 18 players go and putting six on injured reserve

The Ravens cut their roster to 67 players Friday by trading for offensive guard/center Tony Bergstrom, waiving 12 players, terminating the contract of six others and placing six on injured reserve.

They'll have to make 14 more moves by 4 p.m Saturday to get down to the league-mandated 53-man roster.


More on the moves below:



WR/KR Griff Whalen: The veteran had four catches for 32 yards in the preseason and also was used on returns. He could be a candidate to return at some point this season although a player with his versatility and experience could latch on elsewhere.

RB Bobby Rainey: Signed after the Ravens learned that Kenneth Dixon could miss the entire season with a knee injury, Rainey's bid for a roster spot in his second stint with the team never really gained much momentum. The veteran scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in Thursday's victory over the New Orleans Saints, but didn't get a ton of opportunities otherwise. He had 17 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 24 yards in the preseason.

TE Larry Donnell: A late summer signing, the former New York Giant played through a hand injury and had three catches for four yards and a touchdown in the preseason. He also caught a two-point conversion. He was signed as a potential red-zone target, but deficiencies in blocking and lack of special teams play didn't help his cause.

C Jeremy Zuttah: Zuttah's second stint with the Ravens lasted only about two weeks. The Ravens traded Zuttah, their starting center the previous three seasons, to the San Francisco 49ers earlier this offseason. When the 49ers cut Zuttah, the Ravens re-signed him. However, they let him go today after acquiring Bergstrom from the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional 2018 7th-round pick.

QB Thaddeus Lewis: Dustin Vaughan's struggles in the first preseason game prompted the Ravens to bring in Lewis, a veteran journeyman. However, he never was considered a legitimate threat to make the team. This preseason, Lewis completed 11-of-16 passes for 86 yards. He saw his most extensive action in Thursday night's finale against the New Orleans Saints.

CB Trevin Wade: An experienced slot corner, Wade was signed after long-term injuries to Tavon Young and Maurice Canady. He played well in the preseason, but Lardarius Webb and Jaylen Hill were both ahead of him on the depth chart as options in the slot.


WR/KR Keenan Reynolds: The record-setting Navy quarterback and a sixth-round pick in 2016 showed significant improvements on the practice field this summer. However, it didn't translate to games as he had no catches in the preseason and he also fumbled a punt in the preseason finale.


WR C.J. Board: An undrafted rookie free agent out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Board flashed at times this summer and could be a candidate to return to the practice squad. He had two catches for 56 yards in the preseason.

LB Randy Allen: The undrafted rookie out of South Alabama had two tackles while playing sparingly in the four preseason games. The Ravens had too much depth at outside linebacker for Allen to become a serious roster candidate.

OG Jarell Broxton: He spent much of last season on the Ravens' practice squad after failing to make the team out of training camp.

OT Roubbens Joseph: Joseph is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Buffalo.

C Derrick Nelson: Nelson, who played his college ball at Rutgers, came to the Ravens' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He was eventually signed after John Urschel's retirement and Alex Lewis' season-ending shoulder injury.

G Jarrod Pughsley: He has two games of NFL experience with the Chiefs. Pughsley played a lot in three of the four preseason games and was even asked to fill in at center on occasion in practice.


OT De'Ondre Wesley: He was considered to be on the bubble because the Ravens are extremely thin at offensive tackle. Wesley spent last season with the Ravens on injured reserve and played in seven games for them in 2015.

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro: A 4th-round pick in the 2014 draft, Taliaferro's career with the Ravens was marred by health issues. The team tried him out at fullback this summer, but the experiment never gained traction.

DB Otha Foster: The Ravens signed Foster this offseason after he was in the Canadian Football League. He had a decent summer, but the Ravens are extremely deep at safety.

P Kenny Allen: With Sam Koch getting the preseason finale off from punting, Allen handled the duties well. However, the former Michigan kicker and punter never was a threat to make the team. He was brought on as a camp leg and he showed himself well in the process, potentially earning an opportunity elsewhere.

LS Taybor Pepper: Pepper was signed earlier in the week, so the team could afford to give veteran long snapper Morgan Cox the night off Thursday.



(Players placed on injured reserve before 4 p.m. Saturday are not eligible to return this season)

RB Kenneth Dixon: Knee

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WR Tim White: Hand/thumb

G Alex Lewis: Shoulder

G Nico Siragusa: Knee

LB Albert McClellan: Knee


CB Tavon Young: Knee