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In a move not very surprising after a very quiet preseason, the Ravens have parted ways with second-year safety Christian Thompson after the conclusion of his four-game suspension to begin the 2013 season.
The 2012 fourth-round pick has been waived by general manager Ozzie Newsome despite the Ravens reportedly being granted a roster exemption for him through Week 5. Thompson appeared in seven games as a rookie and was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, complicating his standing within the organization.
Thompson made little impact during the preseason as he worked mostly with the third-team defense while other young safeties such as Anthony Levine, Brynden Trawick, and Omar Brown leapfrogged him on the depth chart. With the addition of former Bengals safety Jeromy Miles last week, the Ravens now have five safeties on their 53-man roster and two — Trawick and Brown — on their practice squad.
The Ravens would have the option of signing Thompson to their practice squad should he clear waivers, but that doesn’t appear likely considering how much depth they already have at the position and how little he showed in his brief time in Baltimore.
Thompson became the second recent fourth-round pick to be waived by the Ravens after 2011 fourth-round selection Tandon Doss was let go at the end of August. However, the Ravens have since re-signed Doss, who is now serving as a punt returner and reserve wide receiver.