Ravens: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Biggest surprise: On a list where there were no real surprises, linebacker Gary Stills and offensive tackle Chad Slaughter are the biggest names. Stills is a 10-year veteran that was a terrific special-teams player for Baltimore the past two seasons. He fell victim to the numbers game, when quality special-teamers usually are the first to go. Slaughter was signed off the street in training camp and played decently. But with tackles Jared Gaither and Adam Terry returning from ankle injuries over the past week, it made it easier for the Ravens to terminate Slaughter's contract.

No-brainer: In a way you feel bad for quarterback Casey Bramlet. He was cut twice in the past four days. Bramlet was released Tuesday by the San Diego Chargers. And once Kyle Boller (shoulder) and Troy Smith (viral infection) had their ailments, the Ravens signed Bramlet Thursday and played him immediately in the preseason finale. But Bramlet really had no shot to make this team. He was only around for 48 hours.

What's next: Boller has to make a decision whether to have surgery or try to play with a partially-torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. The fact that Boller was not cut today or put on injured reserve indicates he may tough it out for now and re-evaluate the situation in a few weeks. So for now Baltimore's veteran quarterback search could be put on ice until further notice.

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