Street Talk Ravens Notebook: Team cuts FB Justin Green

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WESTMINSTER — One day after twice halting linebacker Bart Scott during blocking drills, Baltimore Ravens fullback Justin Green was out of a job.

Green was cut Monday morning because of a need for roster depth at other positions. Plus, Le’Ron McClain is entrenched as the starting fullback.

"The thing about Justin that was so interesting was he came out and had his best practice [Sunday]," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That’s what makes it so hard.

"Our numbers situation in some other areas dictated that we had to make a move, but I think he’ll get picked up quickly. If he doesn’t, he’s still possibly in our plans based on things that could change."

The former fifth-round draft pick from Montana recorded a career-high 19 special-teams tackles last season and totaled 13 receptions for 65 yards and four yards on five carries in three NFL seasons.

Meanwhile, the Ravens placed running back P.J. Daniels (dislocated shoulder) and linebacker Prescott Burgess (broken wrist) on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

A former fourth-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech, Daniels has never played in a regular-season game. He spent last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

A former Michigan linebacker who played in eight games last season with seven special-teams tackles prior to being placed on injured reserve with a hip injury, Burgess had displayed promise and gotten faster and stronger.

The Ravens signed outside linebacker Terrence Melton, a fourth-year pro whose most recent employer was the Carolina Panthers, and defensive tackle Darrell Campbell, who has prior stints on the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squads.

The Ravens also worked out two free agent tight ends.

INJURY REPORT: In addition to holding out a handful of charter members of the 30-and-over club, including defensive end Trevor Pryce, cornerback Corey Ivy, middle linebacker Ray Lewis, cornerback Samari Rolle, linebacker Gary Stills and kicker Matt Stover, several other players missed practice.

Not practicing: cornerbacks Chris McAlister (left knee) and Fabian Washington (arm, right leg), running back Willis McGahee (arthroscopic left knee surgery), linebackers Tavares Gooden (right leg), Dan Cody (right foot), Robert McCune (right leg) and Terrell Suggs (contract dispute), offensive tackles Jared Gaither (sprained right ankle) and Adam Terry (sprained left ankle), tight ends Todd Heap (right calf), Aaron Walker (left knee) and Daniel Wilcox (offseason toe surgery), wide receiver Demetrius Williams (left Achilles’ tendon), defensive tackles Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament), J’Vonne Parker (undisclosed) and Kelly Talavou (shoulder sprain), wide receiver Yamon Figurs (undisclosed) and nose guard Kelly Gregg (recent left arthroscopic knee surgery).

There is no current plan for McAlister to have surgery. He has been running on the side with a brace on his knee.

Offensive tackle Mike Kracalik left practice with a painful dislocated finger, but trainer Bill Tessendorf yanked it back into place.

Linebacker Antwan Barnes is wearing a protective brace on his left arm, but continues to practice.

QUICK HITS: The defense dominated drills again as the quarterbacks struggled to get into a rhythm while contending with constant pass-protection breakdowns. When asked if the pressure impedes the offense’s progress, Harbaugh replied: "We have a philosophy of throwing it out there and competing. We believe, in the end, that’s going to make our offense better. If you go slow and all of a sudden, they get those things thrown on them in a game and they’ve never seen it before, that’s not good, either." … Punter Sam Koch relived his Nebraska high school days with field goals from 20, 28, 35 and 42 yards. … The defense was penalized four times for false starts with one infraction on offense. … Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Frank Walker weighed in on Brett Favre’s controversial trade to the New York Jets and how the decision to go with Aaron Rodgers may affect team chemistry. "The older guys would probably say, ‘We want Brett,’ and the younger guys would probably say, ‘We want Aaron,’ given the fact that it’s all about who your peers are," Walker said. "It definitely won’t end. Every time there’s a good throw made by Aaron Rodgers, they’ll say, ‘That’s a Brett Favre type throw.’ Whenever there’s a bad throw by Rodgers, they’ll say ‘Brett Favre would’ve made that throw.’" … Wide receiver Derrick Mason isn’t a serious gamer, but he plans to purchase the new John Madden football video game. "I’ll buy it because I’m on it," he said. "I can show my son later on in life that dad really did play. I’ll buy it, leave it in the wrapper and just let it sit until my son cracks it open and decides to play it. I don’t know what Madden decided to rate me, but I guarantee you, it’s probably very underrated."

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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