The Ravens made a series of roster moves to get their roster down to the limit of 53 players by the NFL deadline Friday night, and once the dust settled, linebacker Sergio Kindle still had a job with the defending AFC North champions.
Three years ago, Kindle suffered a fractured skull when he fell down two flights of stairs that caused permanent hearing loss in his left ear.
Although Kindle had a quiet preseason this year and was prone to penalties, including a late hit on the quarterback during the Ravens' 31-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night, he survived the roster cutdown.
The former University of Texas star made the team again because the NFL's third-ranked defense from a year ago needs as many pass rushers as possible since Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is out indefinitely with a partially torn right Achilles tendon.
The Ravens released 16 players and placed another six on injured reserve, and there were few, if any, surprises among the transactions.
The Ravens went with two quarterbacks — starter Joe Flacco and backup Tyrod Taylor — as they cut former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Curtis Painter. Painter, who lost all eight starts last season for the Colts, passed for 400 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions in the preseason.
The Ravens went with seven cornerbacks, including starters Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams as well as former first-round pick Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham, Danny Gorrer, Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson.
Gorrer is an underrated dime back, Brown figures into the equation on special teams as a gunner, and Jackson displayed explosiveness as a return man with a punt return for a touchdown that was nullified by a holding penalty.
And the Ravens kept six wide receivers on the active roster, including Thompson.
“I really, really like this football team,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We have a group of guys that really know how to work, a group of guys that are really very united. There is a strong bond in that locker room.”
The Ravens held on to three undrafted rookies, including kicker Justin Tucker, wide receiver Deonte Thompson and running back Bobby Rainey.
Tucker unseated former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff.
Thompson flashed his speed as the former University of Florida player averaged 39.8 yards per kickoff return and catching 10 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
And Rainey, a versatile 5-foot-8 212-pounder, led the Ravens with 14 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
Harbaugh praised the undrafted rookie class supervised scout Joe Douglas and director of college scouting Joe Hortiz as one of the best he's seen.
"We were really happy with all the guys, just a tremendous group of guys," Harbaugh said. "Joe Douglas heads up the free agent part of our scouting, they did a great job. That was probably our best group as far as having a group in here, and I really think it helped our practices.
"Not just the fact that a number of those guys have a chance to make the team, and some have made the team for now, but also the fact that they gave us great practices. The better the practice, the more competition you have, the better team you become."
Behind their strength in preseason games, the Ravens kept defensive linemen DeAngelo Tyson, a seventh-round pick from Georgia, and Bryan Hall, a former practice squad player from Arkansas State.
Ravens cut Painter, Wragge; keep Kindle, Thompson, Rainey
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