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By Jeff Zrebiec | November 5, 2011
The Ravens announced today that they have waived cornerback Bryan McCann and promoted outside linebacker Chavis Williams from the practice squad to their 53-man roster. Williams (6 feet 3, 227 pounds) signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in July. He played four seasons at Alabama, making 17 tackles in 33 career games. The Ravens' linebacker depth has been challenged with Prescott Burgess going on season-ending injured reserve with a torn abdominal muscle Tuesday, and Dannell Ellerbe sidelined with a hamstring injury.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson | September 1, 2012
The Ravens announced that they have filled five of their eight practice squad spots, bringing back five players who they cut yesterday, including preseason standout Omar Brown . Brown, an undrafted rookie safety out of Marshall, played himself onto the roster bubble by recovering three fumbles and intercepting a pass in the span of two preseason games. According to industry sources, the Ravens are also planning to fill two more spots by signing outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton and safety Anthony Levine , who were but cut recently by their respective teams.  Hamilton who was cut earlier this week by the Dallas Cowboys, is viewed as an intriguing developmental player.
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By Edward Lee | December 18, 2011
For the first time since Nov. 13, inside linebacker Ray Lewis will be active for a Ravens game, and the 12-time Pro Bowler is expected to take his usual starting spot against the San Diego Chargers Sunday night. Lewis has missed the team's last four games because of a turf toe injury on his right foot, but he did practice all three days last week - albeit on a limited basis - and was listed as questionable. Cornerback Lardarius Webb is also active despite not practicing last week due to a toe injury on his left foot.
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By Edward Lee | August 21, 2012
Starting right guard Marshal Yanda is not at Tuesday's practice at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills. Yanda appeared to be briefly injured Monday when tight end Billy Bajema undercut outside linebacker Chavis Williams, who rolled into Yanda's lower leg. Yanda remained on the turf for a few seconds and did not leave the practice field, but it's unclear if that is the reason for his absence. Defensive end Pernell McPhee is out for the third consecutive practice to deal with a death in the family.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | December 11, 2011
While middle linebacker Ray Lewis will miss his fourth consecutive game as expected, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff is active for the Ravens' game against the Indianapolis Colts today at M&T Bank Stadium. Cundiff missed practice on Thursday and Friday with some cramping in his left calf muscle. The Ravens had veteran free agent kicker Shayne Graham on standby, but his services will not be needed as Cundiff is active. Cundiff is 26-for-34 on field goal attempts this season, but he is a perfect 16-for-16 at home.
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By Matt Vensel | December 21, 2011
With kicker Billy Cundiff battling a calf injury, the Ravens announced Wednesday that they have signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham. To make room for Graham -- and to keep Cundiff on the active roster -- the team placed linebacker Chavis Williams on injured reserve with a foot injury. Cundiff injured his calf leading up to the team's Week 14 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He has made just two of five kicks in the past three games. And Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh hinted that the team might have to make a move if Cundiff couldn't kick in practice this week.
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By Edward Lee | August 21, 2012
Starting right guard Marshal Yanda is not at Tuesday's practice at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills. Yanda appeared to be briefly injured Monday when tight end Billy Bajema undercut outside linebacker Chavis Williams, who rolled into Yanda's lower leg. Yanda remained on the turf for a few seconds and did not leave the practice field, but it's unclear if that is the reason for his absence. Defensive end Pernell McPhee is out for the third consecutive practice to deal with a death in the family.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson | September 1, 2012
The Ravens announced that they have filled five of their eight practice squad spots, bringing back five players who they cut yesterday, including preseason standout Omar Brown . Brown, an undrafted rookie safety out of Marshall, played himself onto the roster bubble by recovering three fumbles and intercepting a pass in the span of two preseason games. According to industry sources, the Ravens are also planning to fill two more spots by signing outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton and safety Anthony Levine , who were but cut recently by their respective teams.  Hamilton who was cut earlier this week by the Dallas Cowboys, is viewed as an intriguing developmental player.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | April 23, 2012
Every weekday until Wednesday, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will examine where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. Today, we'll examine the linebacker position: Current linebackers under contract : Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jameel McClain, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Sergio Kindle, Albert McClellan, Chavis Williams, Josh Bynes, Cody Glenn.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
COLLECTING FIRSTS: Tuesday's practice was marked by a solid showing by the offense. During an exercise in which the starters faced a variety of third-down scenarios, the unit converted four of six attempts, including four of the first five. GETTING DEFENSIVE: It's not often that defensive linemen get a little love, but Haloti Ngata and Ma'ake Kemoeatu fared well. Ngata tipped a pass by quarterback Tyrod Taylor intended for running back Anthony Allen that was intercepted by free safety Ed Reed.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
COLLECTING FIRSTS: Tuesday's practice was marked by a solid showing by the offense. During an exercise in which the starters faced a variety of third-down scenarios, the unit converted four of six attempts, including four of the first five. GETTING DEFENSIVE: It's not often that defensive linemen get a little love, but Haloti Ngata and Ma'ake Kemoeatu fared well. Ngata tipped a pass by quarterback Tyrod Taylor intended for running back Anthony Allen that was intercepted by free safety Ed Reed.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2012
TAKE THAT KID: Undrafted free agent Justin Tucker has mostly gotten the better of incumbent Billy Cundiff in the kicking competition, but not Monday. Both were good from 29, 34, 41, 52 and 58 yards. But with the rest of the team getting into each kick, Cundiff converted from 61 yards while Tucker's attempt from the same distance sailed wide right. In fairness to Tucker, there was an issue with the snap that threw off his timing a little bit. HIM AGAIN: With what he's done in the first two preseason games, it shouldn't be a surprise that two of the three interceptions in Monday's practice were made by rookie safety Omar Brown.
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By Edward Lee | July 27, 2012
As a rookie Courtney Upshaw is bound to make mistakes. But if the Ravens rookie outside linebacker erred in his first practice of training camp Thursday, inside linebacker Jameel McClain didn't notice. “I think there were [a few] mistakes out there for everybody at some point, but he didn't really make any glaring rookie mistakes because he was always on his P's and Q's,” McClain said. “He knew where he had to go, and he got there and he got his job done.” That approval brought a smile to Upshaw's face, but in a sign that he understands his role as a rookie, Upshaw quickly downplayed the compliment.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | April 23, 2012
Every weekday until Wednesday, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will examine where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. Today, we'll examine the linebacker position: Current linebackers under contract : Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jameel McClain, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Sergio Kindle, Albert McClellan, Chavis Williams, Josh Bynes, Cody Glenn.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | March 23, 2012
Looking to bolster their coverage units, which struggled during the 2011 season, the Ravens have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with cornerback and special teams standout Corey Graham. Graham, a fifth-round pick out of New Hampshire in 2007, has played five NFL seasons, all with the Chicago Bears. His 75 special teams tackles since 2007 rank third in the NFL during that span, and he represented the Bears in the Pro Bowl last year.   “I definitely see myself making an impact," said Graham at a news conference this afternoon at the Ravens' team facility.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Relatively quiet over the first 10 days of free agency, the Ravens dipped into the open market [Friday], signing four players in moves that will upgrade the team's linebacking and secondary depth and bolster special teams coverage units that struggled last season. The Ravens' biggest move was re-signing Jameel McClain, a starting inside linebacker the past two seasons, to a three-year deal. They also re-signed veteran linebacker and long-time special teams standout Brendon Ayanbadejo to a three-year pact, and agreed to terms with defensive backs Corey Graham and Sean Considine.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2012
TAKE THAT KID: Undrafted free agent Justin Tucker has mostly gotten the better of incumbent Billy Cundiff in the kicking competition, but not Monday. Both were good from 29, 34, 41, 52 and 58 yards. But with the rest of the team getting into each kick, Cundiff converted from 61 yards while Tucker's attempt from the same distance sailed wide right. In fairness to Tucker, there was an issue with the snap that threw off his timing a little bit. HIM AGAIN: With what he's done in the first two preseason games, it shouldn't be a surprise that two of the three interceptions in Monday's practice were made by rookie safety Omar Brown.
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By Edward Lee | July 27, 2012
As a rookie Courtney Upshaw is bound to make mistakes. But if the Ravens rookie outside linebacker erred in his first practice of training camp Thursday, inside linebacker Jameel McClain didn't notice. “I think there were [a few] mistakes out there for everybody at some point, but he didn't really make any glaring rookie mistakes because he was always on his P's and Q's,” McClain said. “He knew where he had to go, and he got there and he got his job done.” That approval brought a smile to Upshaw's face, but in a sign that he understands his role as a rookie, Upshaw quickly downplayed the compliment.
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By Matt Vensel | March 15, 2012
We're 48 hours into free agency, and the Ravens have got just one player -- linebacker Chavis Williams, who played five games for them in 2011 -- to sign on the dotted line. But around the NFL, many of the top unrestricted free agents have come off the board, led by defensive end Mario Williams, who just received one of the biggest contracts in NFL history from the Buffalo Bills. Before the start of free agency, I put together my list of the top 25 free agents available . With Williams signing in Buffalo, eight of my top 10 free agents and 15 of the top 25 are now off the market.
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By Matt Vensel | December 21, 2011
With kicker Billy Cundiff battling a calf injury, the Ravens announced Wednesday that they have signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham. To make room for Graham -- and to keep Cundiff on the active roster -- the team placed linebacker Chavis Williams on injured reserve with a foot injury. Cundiff injured his calf leading up to the team's Week 14 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He has made just two of five kicks in the past three games. And Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh hinted that the team might have to make a move if Cundiff couldn't kick in practice this week.
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