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Ravens cut Painter, Wragge; keep Kindle, Thompson, Rainey

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.

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

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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.

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

Tony Wragge

, 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

Anthony Allen

and placed running back

Damien Berry

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

Justin Boren

(foot) on injured reserve. He was carted off the field against the Rams.

Tight end

Matt Balasavage

(high-

ankle sprain

), linebacker

Ricky Brown

(

concussion

), tight end Bruce Figgins (shoulder) and sixth-round rookie wide receiver

Tommy Streeter

(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

Omar Brown

, who was released despite recovering three fumbles and intercepting one pass; middle linebacker

Nigel Carr

, the Ravens' leading tackler in the preseason; offensive tackle Jack Cornell; nose guard

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen

; outside linebacker

Chavis Williams

and linebacker

Josh Bynes

. Bynes has been sidelined with a cracked vertebra for the past month.

The Ravens' other cuts were wide receiver

Dorian Graham

, offensive lineman Cord Howard, nose guard Nicholas Jean-Baptiste, offensive guard

Terrence Moore

, wide receiver

Logan Payne

and safety

Cyhl Quarles

.

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

Bryant McKinnie

, 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

Cincinnati Bengals

on Sept. 10.

Offensive tackle

Ramon Harewood

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

Jah Reid

, 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.

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As expected, the Ravens kept three tight ends as

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Billy Bajema
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stays on the roster behind starter Ed

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Dickson

and backup

Dennis Pitta

.

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.

Running back

Anthony Allen

, Georgia Tech

Safety

Omar Brown

, Marshall

Linebacker

Josh Bynes

, Auburn

Linebacker

Nigel Carr

, Alabama State

Offensive tackle Jack Cornell, Illinois

Wide receiver

Dorian Graham

, Syracuse

Guard-tackle Cord Howard, Georgia Tech

Nose guard Nicholas Jean-Baptiste, Baylor

Nose guard Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Kent State

Guard

Antoine McClain

, Clemson

Defensive end

Terrence Moore

, Nebraska

Quarterback

Curtis Painter

, Purdue

Wide receiver

Logan Payne

, Minnesota

Safety

Cyhl Quarles

, Wake Forest

Outside linebacker

Chavis Williams

, Alabama

Guard

Tony Wragge

, New Mexico

The Ravens placed the following players on injured reserve:

Tight end

Matt Balasavage

(ankle)

Running back

Damien Berry

(back)

Center-guard

Justin Boren

(foot)

Linebacker

Ricky Brown

(concussion)

Tight end Bruce Figgins (shoulder)

Wide receiver

Tommy Streeter

(sprained foot)

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