made a series of roster moves to get their roster down to the limit of 53 players by the
deadline Friday night, and once the dust settled, linebacker
still had a job with the defending
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.
The former second-round draft pick missed his entire rookie season because of the injury, but managed to secure a roster spot last season.
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
on Thursday night, he survived the roster cutdown.
The former University of Texas star made the team again because the
's third-ranked defense from a year ago needs as many pass rushers as possible since
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
— as they cut former
. 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
as well as former first-round pick
Gorrer is an underrated dime back,
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
“I really, really like this football team,” coach
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
, wide receiver
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
, a seventh-round pick from Georgia, and
, a former practice squad player from Arkansas State.
Hall had four tackles, one for a loss against the Rams.
Tyson had a forced fumble and fumble recovery with one quarterback hit and a tackle for a loss against St. Louis.
The 6-foot, 291-pound Hall even lined up at middle linebacker against the Rams.
"They played well, they both did a very good job," Harbaugh said. "We had Bryan Hall play middle linebacker the whole second half. He is very versatile. He plays every position on the line.
"He plays a little bit on special teams. He could probably give you something on offense as a fullback or something, and now he has middle linebacker on his resume."
The most experienced player released was offensive guard
, who's entering his eighth NFL season.
The Ravens terminated Wragge's one-year, $850,000 contract. He was due a $25,000 roster bonus if he had been on the 53-man roster for the first game.
The Ravens also released former seventh-round pick running back
and placed running back
on injured reserve with neck and shoulder injuries suffered against the Rams.
Berry is in the process of negotiating a potential injury settlement with the Ravens.
The Ravens also placed center-guard
(foot) on injured reserve. He was carted off the field against the Rams.
), tight end Bruce Figgins (shoulder) and sixth-round rookie wide receiver
(sprained foot) were also put on injured reserve.
Streeter caught four passes for 52 yards and one touchdown, and the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder is regarded as an intriguing project who needs to polish his routes. A year in the weight room should also help him for the future.
The Ravens informed several players that they would ideally like to have them on the practice squad if they clear waivers.
That includes safety
, who was released despite recovering three fumbles and intercepting one pass; middle linebacker
, the Ravens' leading tackler in the preseason; offensive tackle Jack Cornell; nose guard
; outside linebacker
. Bynes has been sidelined with a cracked vertebra for the past month.
The Ravens' other cuts were wide receiver
, offensive lineman Cord Howard, nose guard Nicholas Jean-Baptiste, offensive guard
, wide receiver
Harbaugh acknowledged that it's never easy to tell a player that he's not in the Ravens' plans.
"It's probably too much to even try to express here," Harbaugh said. "We all put ourselves in those shoes. The thing that I have learned now is that it's a huge responsibility, the way you frame that for the player, for the person. It's something that from experience we all know. We're going to take that with us for the rest of our life.
"I can remember word for word when I was told I wasn't going to play as much as I wanted to play in college and I was not going to be what I thought I wanted to be. Word for word, I remember what was said and will never forget it. As a coach, you try to remember that and take that responsibility very seriously because we have really good guys, guys who have poured their hearts and souls into trying to be a part of this."
The Ravens retained left offensive tackle
, who regained his starting job after reporting to training camp overweight and five days late. McKinnie played his way into better shape and is now set to open the season with the first-team offense against the
on Sept. 10.
made the team after remaining healthy for the first time since the Ravens drafted him in the sixth round out of Morehouse. He had spent two years on injured reserve previously.
Oft-injured offensive tackle
, a former third-round draft pick who has aggravated his strained right calf twice since initially hurting his leg during a June minicamp and being carted off the practice field, remains on the active roster. Reid's leg has been getting better lately.
As expected, the Ravens kept three tight ends as
stays on the roster behind starter Ed
Bajema fills a role as a blocking presence as catching passes are Dickson and Pitta's strong suit.
And Harbaugh indicated that the roster might not be entirely set.
“It was tough,” Harbaugh said. “We will just have to see how it shakes out. You know, in this league, it's very fluid. Nothing is certain. Once you get past the first week, you go to the second week and you see where we're at.”
Here's a quick look at the list of players who were waived, the majority of which were previously reported by The Baltimore Sun.
, Georgia Tech
, Alabama State
Offensive tackle Jack Cornell, Illinois
Guard-tackle Cord Howard, Georgia Tech
Nose guard Nicholas Jean-Baptiste, Baylor
Nose guard Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Kent State
, Wake Forest
, New Mexico
The Ravens placed the following players on injured reserve:
Tight end Bruce Figgins (shoulder)