Ravens Continue Roller Coaster With TE Billy Bajema

Posted on October 10, 2013 by Joe Platania

OWINGS MILLS -- Sometimes, roster maneuverability is essential to a franchise if it is to put the best players on the field week after week.

But the roller coaster it can put some players on can seem a bit ridiculous.

The Ravens have re-signed blocking tight end Billy Bajema for a fourth time, the third since Aug. 31. He was brought back to the roster when the Ravens released running back/kick returner Shaun Draughn.

When a reporter welcomed back Bajema in the locker room upon his return, the tight end smiled and nervously said, "Thanks," which prompted fullback Vonta Leach to say: "Welcome back? He never went nowhere."

Others that have ridden the ride from the waiver wire to the active roster throughout team history have included wide receiver Patrick Johnson and kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd, among others. Both of them were signed, cut and brought back a minimum of four times each.

Bajema, who played in eight games for the Ravens last season after coming over from the St. Louis Rams as a free agent, had his vested-veteran contract terminated Aug. 31, at the end of the preseason. He was re-signed Sept. 4, released Oct. 3 and signed on Oct. 5 before being cut again.

As for Draughn, a high-ankle sprain had slowed him recently, and his release means there is one fewer player on the injury report.

Backup center Ryan Jensen, the second of the team's two sixth-round draft picks this year, returned to practice for the first time since the first week of training camp. He wore a helmet to the indoor shorts-and-shells session, a rarity because of the lack of rain in the area.

Still not practicing were defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hip), nose tackle Terrence Cody (knee) and linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder).

Those that were on a limited basis during the week's first practice were on the field for the second, including guard Kelechi Osemele (back); defensive end Marcus Spears (knee); running back Bernard Pierce (thigh); and receivers Brandon Stokley (hamstring), Marlon Brown (hamstring) and Jacoby Jones (knee).

Jones was sporting pink gloves and cleats in preparation for the Oct. 13 observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

***

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

The Ravens are probably glad their Oct. 13 game against the Green Bay Packers is at home, for they haven't won any of their three games at legendary Lambeau Field.

Can you name the seven other existing stadiums in which Baltimore has yet to come away with a victory?

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

***

QUOTE OF THE DAY: As spectacular as Denver quarterback Peyton Manning's seven-touchdown-pass game during the Ravens' Week One loss was, cornerback Jimmy Smith said -- in a unique way -- that it would be foolish for the team to dwell on it.

"Week One was Week One," he said. "Everybody wants to talk about it. … We're not sitting there, smelling our own, by any means."

***

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

The Ravens are probably glad their Oct. 13 game against the Green Bay Packers is at home, for they haven't won any of their three games at legendary Lambeau Field.

Can you name the seven other existing stadiums in which Baltimore has yet to come away with a victory?

ANSWER:

This might sting for longtime Baltimore football fans, but there is one venue in which the Ravens never won that has since been torn down, the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Baltimore lost all three times it played in the first stadium its former franchise occupied.

As for existing facilities besides Lambeau Field, there are seven others in which the Ravens haven't yet tasted victory. Three of them are the homes of the Packers' other NFC North division rivals. 

The Ravens lost on their only trips to the Metrodome in Minneapolis and Detroit's Ford Field, where they will play a Monday-night game in December. Baltimore has also been beaten on both trips to Chicago's Soldier Field, site of a Nov. 17 game this year.

In the Colts' new home, Lucas Oil Stadium, they have beaten the Ravens twice, once during a Divisional Round playoff game after the 2009 regular season. Earlier this year, Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo was the site of the Bills' second win against the Ravens in as many tries.

The Ravens have also lost twice each without a win at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and the Seattle facility now known as CenturyLink Field.

next up:

Towson Benefits From Improvement Of LB Telvion Clark

October 10, 2013

Tigers linebacker Telvion Clark has 55 tackles during six games in 2013, ranking sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association in tackles per game.

Advertisement

Baltimore Top Stories

Fantasy Mistakes

Ken Zalis shares some of the biggest mistakes you can make during a fantasy football draft.

Playoff Rotation

Paul Folkemer says it's time to start thinking about the Orioles' postseason rotation.

Creative Fundraising

The timing is right for athletic director Tim Leonard to tighten up the Tigers' business model.

Minor League Spotlight

Frederick's Parker Birdwell leads the team in innings pitched (135.2) and strikeouts (136).

ENTER TO WIN $200

Vote for your favorite PressBox cover from our first 200 issues and enter to win $200.

Advertisement

Get PressBox's Free Weekly Newsletter

Email:

For Sports Fans

Second Thursday Lunch

Baltimore's sports experts and icons in a series of lunches by sports fans, for sports fans

Lacrosse Newsletter

Sign up for our high school lacrosse email, with interviews, matchups, recruiting and more.

Advertisement
x