Live from Owings Mills: Ravens place Lawrence on IR to get down to 80 players

August 30, 2011 | Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Needing to trim down their roster to 80 players by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, the Ravens have placed running back Matt Lawrence on Injured Reserve with a concussion.

Plagued by knee issues the last two seasons, this marks the third straight year the Ravens have placed Lawrence on IR. Given the timing of the move, it’s likely the Ravens will eventually reach an injury settlement with Lawrence, freeing him to explore other options.

Receiver Lee Evans (left foot) was not practicing for the third straight day, making it highly unlikely for the 30-year-old to make an appearance in the Ravens’ final preseason game in Atlanta on Thursday night. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron downplayed the significance of the injury on Monday, saying the Ravens expect Evans to return “pretty quick.”

Cornerback Chris Carr (hamstring), offensive lineman Mark LeVoir (undisclosed), and interior offensive linemen Justin Boren were also absent from the portion of practice open to the media. Carr and LeVoir were both missing for the second straight day.

With the roster now down at 80 players, the Ravens have until Saturday to trim the roster to 53 players for the start of the regular season.

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