Report: Ravens set to release fullback Ricard


Fullback is not a glorious position. Just ask Alan Ricard.

The Ravens blocking back, who paved the way for Jamal Lewis' 2,066-yard season in 2003, will be released by the team, according to a report by the Baltimore Sun.

A Pro Bowl alternate in 2003, Ricard pulled in a $1 million bonus when he signed a contract extension in 2004, but injuries have limited him to 18 games since then.

The Ravens rushing game struggled mightily last season, but Ricard still rode the bench. The team said he had not recovered from a preseason calf injury, while the fullback said he was healthy enough to play. The team put him on injured reserve Oct. 28 anyway.

The 29-year-old said he felt a pop in a calf during minicamp this year and has taken a few weeks to recover. He will undergo a physical this week before being released. If he were still hurt, the Ravens would be forced to pay an injury settlement.