Ravens Cut Billy Bajema, Leaving Two Tight Ends On Roster

Posted on October 03, 2013 by Joe Platania

OWINGS MILLS -- For now, there are only two Ravens left at what has been a troubled tight end position.

The team had cut and re-signed veteran blocking tight end Billy Bajema during the offseason, and let him go again in order to make room on the roster for newly acquired offensive tackle Eugene Monroe. That leaves Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark as the only tight ends on the active roster and Maryland-bred rookie Matt Furstenburg on the practice squad.

Because recently cut safety Christian Thompson cleared waivers and has practice-squad eligibility remaining, it's feasible for the team to add Thompson, promote Furstenburg to the active roster and release another player. That could be a scenario for the departure of tackle Bryant McKinnie, but such a sequence has not yet been set in motion.

McKinnie did get a bit of good news when his $7,875 fine for an unnecessary roughness call against Houston was overturned on appeal. But he did tell a group of reporters that he was surprised by the deal for Monroe.

At the shorts-and-shells practice, the same six players sat out for a second straight day.

They are receivers Marlon Brown (thigh) and Deonte Thompson (concussion), nose tackle Terrence Cody (knee), cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh), center Ryan Jensen (foot) and linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder).

Receiver/returner Jacoby Jones (knee) practiced on a limited basis for a second straight day, while running back Ray Rice (hip) was again a full participant.

In a television note, with the Ravens' Oct. 20 game at Pittsburgh one of only two 4:25 p.m. games on CBS and with the Steelers currently foundering at 0-4, the Houston-Kansas City game has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. to accommodate the doubleheader audience that won't be watching Ravens-Steelers or Cleveland-Green Bay.

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JOEY P'S TRIVIA TIME: Today's question:

It has been said for years that winning on the road is one of the toughest things to do in the NFL. So far, the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens are 0-2 away from Russell Street this year.

Can you name the year the Ravens first posted a winning road record?

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's column.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Through the years, head coach John Harbaugh has learned to have a little fun with reporters' need to know the particulars of a given situation.

When asked about the timeline regarding the Monroe trade talks, the coach replied:

"The Kennedy [assassination], I still think it was probably not a single shooter. I'm a conspiracy guy on that. I do think there was somebody [else involved]. … 

"I don't have the names. That's what we're looking for still. They're in a safety-deposit box somewhere as we speak. We're going to know someday."

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JOEY P'S TRIVIA TIME ANSWER: Here's the question we asked earlier in this column:

It has been said for years that winning on the road is one of the toughest things to do in the NFL. So far, the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens are 0-2 away from Russell Street this year.

Can you name the year the Ravens first posted a winning road record?

ANSWER:

It may seem hard to believe, given head coach John Harbaugh's sparkling track record, but his teams have posted winning road records twice out of his first five seasons on the job (5-3 in 2008 and 2010).

The early Ravens teams also struggled away from home, dropping all eight games in 1996, losing five of them the following year, six in 1998 and four during Brian Billick's 1999 debut season.

Therefore, it should come as little surprise to note that the Ravens' first winning road record was posted during the team's 2000 season, which ended with the Super Bowl XXXV title.

That season, Baltimore finished 12-4 during the regular season, with two losses at home and two on the road for a 6-2 mark in both categories. One of the road losses came at what is now FedEx Field in Landover, a 10-3 defeat at the hands of the Redskins.

The other away defeat came at what is now SunLife Stadium north of Miami, site of the current team's next game (1 p.m. Oct. 6; WJZ-TV, WIYY-FM). The Dolphins won a 19-6 Sunday-night contest on a rain-soaked Dan Marino Night.

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