Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Make room for some Ravens

Reed and Ayanbadejo about to come of PUP list

The Ravens will need to make some roster moves if they plan to activate Ed Reed and Brendon Ayanbadejo from the PUP List. The Ravens have until 4PM on Saturday to make such declarations and don’t be surprised if they use every minute of the allotted time.

The two candidates mentioned most often as roster bubble guys are Jared Gaither and Ken Hamlin. Gaither is dealing with a thoracic disc injury suffered during the first week of training camp and has practiced only once since Aug. 5. The Ravens would clearly prefer to keep Gaither on the active roster because he provides quality depth at an important position.

"I asked him how he's feeling and he said it's unchanged through the weekend," John Harbaugh explained yesterday. "So, that's going to be part of the equation."

The Ravens doctors can’t seem to find anything that should keep Gaither on the sidelines and consequently the team may buy a bit more time with the enigmatic offensive tackle.

The release of Hamlin makes sense with the return of Ed Reed. Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg might prefer to keep the former Cowboy but that loss is more than offset with the return of three-time Pro Bowl special teams ace Ayanbadejo.

As for Gaither, don’t be surprised to see the Ravens buy even more time and cut loose Jalen Parmele instead prior to the Saturday deadline. Parmele has hardly been as productive on kick returns this season as he was in 2009 and the Ravens do have Josh Wilson who is more than capable of handling the chore.

Parmele’s struggles don’t exactly attract other potential suitors for his services and if later the team determines that they have no choice but to IR Gaither, there’s a good chance that they will have the option to bring Parmele back.