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Ravens cut Cousins, Harper, and seven others

Two days after their third preseason game the Baltimore Ravens made nine cuts from their roster and the list is highlighted by offensive lineman Oniel Cousins and wide receiver Justin Harper.

Cousins could have been cut after the team’s first preseason game. He played both left and right tackle but got embarrassed by third and fourth-string defenders. Against the Chiefs Cousins moved inside to right guard and played well but played little more than average against the Redskins.

But with the signing on Bryant McKinnie and Mark LeVoir there clearly wasn’t any room for him to play outside at left of right tackle. But with guard, Justin Boren may have taken his roster spot away.

Harper was not a surprise at all, especially not after dropping that ball in the redzone against the Redskins. The former seventh round pick was always a guy that played well in practice and showed glimmers of greatness but never quite put it together on the field in a game situation.

With the trade acquisition of Lee Evans and decision to draft two wide receivers a spot on the roster was a long-shot for him anyway.

The other cuts include TE Jonathan Stupar, OL Brady Bond, WR Terrell Zachery, LB Anthony Leon, WR Rodney Brady, C Ryan Bartholomew, and DT Cornell Banks.

Of those players it is most interesting to see Bartholomew get released, especially since Tim Barnes is still on the roster, with so little depth as center. Bryan Mattison has shown enough that he can be a capable backup or fill in for Matt Birk, who is having serious knee problems right now, and recent acquisition Jason Murphy is likely going to make the roster now. Barnes is probably going to be cut before the season starts.

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