Ravens claim safety Emanuel Cook off waivers, cut linebacker Bynes

November 29, 2011 | Luke Jones

Always looking to add depth with players who can contribute on special teams, the Ravens have claimed safety Emanuel Cook, most recently of the New York Jets, and waived linebacker Josh Bynes on Tuesday afternoon.

Cook was waived by the Jets on Monday after the former free agent from South Carolina played in eight games this season, contributing mostly on special teams. The safety recovered a fumbled kickoff in the Jets’ victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. He had three different stints with the Jets organization and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.

In 12 career games over the last two years, Cook has eight tackles and forced a fumble.

Cook was the leading tackler for South Carolina in 2008 before he was ruled academically ineligible for the Gamecocks’ appearance in the Outback Bowl. He was a second-team all-SEC selection in 2007.

With linebacker Albert McClellan starting for the injured Ray Lewis and holding up well by most accounts, Bynes’ roster spot became expendable with Dannell Ellerbe expected to return to action in Cleveland on Sunday. The Ravens would be able to re-sign Bynes to their practice squad should the rookie clears waivers.

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