Ravens put rookie Christian Thompson on injured reserve

The Ravens continued to tinker with their secondary today as they placed rookie safety Christian Thompson on injured reserve and elevated safety Anthony Levine to their 53-man roster.

Levine had been on the Ravens' practice squad. Levine, 25, spent the majority of the 2010-11 seasons on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers and has yet to play in an NFL game.

Thompson, a fourth-round pick, appeared on special teams in seven games this season. He was put on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Already without starting cornerback Lardarius Webb because of a season-ending left knee injury, the Ravens will be without Jimmy Smith for several weeks after the second-year corner underwent surgery on a sports hernia on Thursday.

The Ravens signed veteran cornerback Chris Johnson earlier this week.

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