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Ravens re-sign TE Bajema (again), part ways with RB Draughn

Posted on 10 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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In what’s almost become an amusing game for the Ravens’ 53-man roster, veteran tight end Billy Bajema has been re-signed for the third time this season.

Third-string running back and kick returner Shaun Draughn was waived to make room for Bajema, who was re-signed shortly before the season after being released at the end of the summer and played in the Ravens’ first four games. He was released for a second time when the Ravens completed the trade for new left tackle Eugene Monroe last week but was then re-signed over the weekend when wide receiver Brandon Stokley hadn’t recovered from a groin injury.

Bajema was released for a third time this year on Tuesday when Stokley was invited back to the roster. The 30-year-old tight end has one catch for 18 yards this season and has primarily served as an extra blocker in the running game.

Draughn saw action at running back when starter Ray Rice was sidelined in Week 3 and carried the ball four times for two yards against the Houston Texans. The former Kansas City Chief also had two kick returns for 53 yards on the season as he was originally signed to provide depth at running back as well as the return game.

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Ravens take another injury hit to defensive line

Posted on 22 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — The Ravens sustained another blow to their defensive line in Sunday’s win over Houston as backup nose tackle Terrence Cody left the game with a knee injury in the first half and didn’t return.

The fourth-year defensive lineman injured his left knee in the first quarter before being taken to the locker room. His absence left the Ravens with only one healthy reserve defensive lineman — second-year end DeAngelo Tyson — since veteran Marcus Spears was already filling in for the injured Chris Canty and rookie Brandon Williams was also inactive.

Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that Cody could be sidelined for a while, but he appeared to avoid a long-term injury. Outside linebackers Pernell McPhee and Courtney Upshaw saw time along the defensive line with the Ravens shorthanded for much of the game.

“It does not look to be a long-term sprain,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll know more [Monday]. It could be a week, but more likely, it will be a couple weeks. We’ll see.”

Backup running back Shaun Draughn suffered a high ankle sprain and reserve linebacker and special-teams contributor Albert McClellan sustained a minor hip injury, according to Harbaugh.

The Ravens are already dealing with a plethora of injuries as all seven players — including Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice — were deactivated for Sunday’s game due to health reasons.

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Ravens add kick returner Draughn, place rookie WR Mellette on IR

Posted on 11 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens looked to fill the void left behind by the injured Jacoby Jones in the return game by inking running back Shaun Draughn and placing rookie wide receiver Aaron Mellette on injured reserve Wednesday.

Most recently of the Kansas City Chiefs, Draughn appeared in all 16 games last season and returned 23 kicks for 537 yards, an average of 23.3 yards per return. He will also become the Ravens’ No. 3 running back behind starter Ray Rice and backup Bernard Pierce after he rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns with the Chiefs a year ago, but it’s unlikely that he’ll see many chances as an offensive player.

“They told me I’m a special teams guy,” Draughn said. “It’s basically the same role I had last year in Kansas City, where I came in on third down, and just be ready when I’m called.”

Mellette was said to have a knee injury in the Ravens’ official announcement after he was inactive for the season-opening game. Coach John Harbaugh indicate earlier in the week that the seventh-round rookie from Elon was practicing well and would be a possibility to be active in future contests.

With Mellette going to season-ending IR, the Ravens have now seen the only wide receiver they’ve drafted in each of the last two years (Tommy Streeter in 2012) spend the bulk of their rookie year with that designation. Harbaugh made no mention of Mellette dealing with a knee injury when he was asked about him being inactive for Week 1, which is a strong indication of the team potentially stashing away a rookie for the future as many organizations have done in the past with first-year players needing further development.

“He’s playing well,” Harbaugh said on Monday. “There’s nothing that he’s doing that wouldn’t make him a possibility to be active. We only had four receivers up [against the Broncos].”

Jones sprained the MCL in his right knee in the season opener against Denver when rookie safety Brynden Trawick accidentally collided with him on a punt return. Wide receiver Tandon Doss was re-signed earlier this week to provide depth on punt returns while Draughn will focus on kickoff duties.

After Jones was injured against the Broncos, cornerback Lardarius Webb handled punts and Pierce returned kickoffs, but the Ravens would prefer not to use those two as primary options in the return game. This created an ideal opportunity for Draughn to join the 53-man roster.

“He’s been a good special-teams player, a good kickoff returner, and a good running back,” Harbaugh said. “He played against us last year in Kansas and played very well. He’s a good young player and we feel very fortunate to have him.”

In the Ravens’ Week 5 9-6 win over the Chiefs last season, Draughn ran 12 times for 40 yards. He was released in August by Kansas City after carrying 13 times for 42 yards in three preseason games.

An undrafted free agent out of North Carolina who was originally signed by the Washington Redskins in 2011, Draughn was wearing No. 38 for the Ravens during Wednesday’s practice.

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Oher practices fully, J. Jones already ruled out for Sunday’s game

Posted on 11 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just a couple hours after proclaiming the ankle injury he suffered in the season opener to be one of the worst of his career, Ravens right tackle Michael Oher returned to the practice field on Wednesday.

The fifth-year lineman was listed as a full participant on Wednesday’s injury report, confirming reports that indicated the sprained ankle he suffered when right guard Marshal Yanda rolled into his leg was not considered serious. Oher has never missed a game in his NFL career and Wednesday’s development was a strong indication of that streak continuing on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

“It’s definitely hurting me pretty good, pretty bad, so I’m just getting a lot of treatment and trying to stay on top of it,” Oher said prior to practicing. “Hopefully, I can go Sunday. I work hard to be out there every Sunday for the team, but this is one of the worst sprains I’ve had.”

Newly-signed kick returner and No. 3 running back Shaun Draughn was on the practice field just hours after being signed by the Ravens to sure up the void they have at the kick return spot after the MCL injury sustained by wide receiver Jacoby Jones last week. Backup running back Bernard Pierce will remain in the mix on kickoffs, but the Ravens would prefer not exposing him to the regular wear and tear of the return game if possible.

As expected, defensive tackle Arthur Jones also returned to the practice field on a limited basis after missing nearly three weeks due to a viral infection. Coach John Harbaugh indicated earlier in the week that the Ravens will need to see where Jones is from a conditioning standpoint to determine whether he will return to game action in Week 2.

Wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Deonte Thompson (foot), offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot), and defensive tackle Brandon Williams were not practicing on Wednesday. The Pro Bowl return specialist Jones has already been ruled out for Sunday as he’s projected to miss at least a month, and it remains unlikely that the other three will be ready to play against Cleveland this Sunday.

Also absent from the field on Wednesday was rookie wide receiver Aaron Mellette, which was an interesting development after he was inactive for the season opener against Denver. The Ravens later placed Mellette on injured reserve with what was listed as a knee injury, clearing a roster spot for Draughn.

For the Cleveland Browns, rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo (lung) returned the the practice field and has been cleared for contact, meaning he could make his NFL debut in Baltimore on Sunday.

Here’s the official injury report for Wednesday:

OUT: WR Jacoby Jones (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: C Ryan Jensen (foot), WR Deonte Thompson (foot), DT Brandon Williams (toe)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DT Art Jones (illness – NFI), RB Bernard Pierce (thigh)
FULL PARTICIPATION: T Michael Oher (ankle)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: G Shawn Lauvao (ankle), DL Ahtyba Rubin (calf), DB T.J. Ward (shoulder)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DB Buster Skrine (shoulder), LB Barkevious Mingo (lung), WR Travis Benjamin (thigh)

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