OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens put tight end Ben Watson (Achilles) and cornerback Kyle Arrington (concussion) on season-ending injured reserve Monday, and released nine other players.
Those moves trimmed the roster from 90 to 79 players. Four more players must be let go by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline to reach 75 players.
Watson was injured in Saturday night’s preseason win over the Lions, while Arrington had not practiced in several weeks and wasn’t going to make the 53-man roster.
Arrington is a seven-year NFL veteran who played with the Ravens last season, but they drafted two cornerbacks who made Arrington expendable – Tavon Young (fourth round) and Maurice Canady (sixth round).
The nine players released were guard Jarrell Broxton, defensive tackle Trevon Coley, wide receivers Dobson Collins, Chuck Jacobs, and Darius White; linebackers Kavell Conner and Mario Ojemudia, center Anthony Fabiano and quarterback Jerrod Johnson.
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Terrance West came to Ravens camp trying to carve out a spot in the Ravens crowded backfield.
Now after having one of the most impressive training camps of anyone on the 90-man roster, and after impressive rookie running back Kenneth Dixon suffered a knee injury against the Lions on Saturday night, West could have a major role in the Ravens offense, especially early in the season.
Based on playing time against the Lions, West appears to have leap-frogged Buck Allen on the Ravens depth chart, something Dixon seemed to have done as well.
That would leave West at No. 2 behind Justin Forsett at least as long as Dixon is sidelined, which is expected to be four to six weeks.
In three preseason games this month, West has 25 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
West played in six games for the Ravens last year after being promoted from the practice squad, rushing 46 times for 180 yards. Still, with Forsett, Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro all returning, and with Dixon arriving as a fourth-round pick, there was no guarantee there would be a spot for West this fall.
But throughout camp, West showed quickness and explosiveness and consistent effort. In short, he showed a sense of urgency as if his job depended on it, which, essentially, it did.
"My mindset (going into training camp) was just coming to work and being ready," West said after Saturday's game. "I wanted to show the coaches I was serious about making this team."
Now after seeing his career stall amid questions about his work ethic and discipline -- first in Cleveland as a third-round pick and then in Tennessee after a trade -- West, the Baltimore native and former Towson star, appears to be right at home with his hometown team.
West, though, did not take much comfort in his role expanding because of an injury to Dixon.
"Everybody wants to play," West said, "but at the same time we compete and we love each other. To see him go down, it hurts all of us."
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We now know at least one of the players the Nats plan to call up when rosters expand on Sept. 1. That would be veteran right-hander Mat Latos, who will waive an opt-out clause in his contract to remain at Triple-A Syracuse until the 1st, then join the Nationals.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the news:
Source: #Nationals will add Latos once rosters expand. Could have opted out today if not added, but agreed to stay at AAA until Thursday.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 29, 2016
Latos, 28, was signed by the Nats on June 29. He made two appearances with the Gulf Coast League Nationals before getting promoted to Syracuse. In Triple-A he gave up just two earned runs in 17 innings across three starts. Latos has 10 strikeouts and seven walks.
Exactly what role Latos will have on the big league roster is hard to tell at this point. One could see him pitching out of the bullpen, but until Joe Ross and Stephen Strasburg return to their rotation, there isn't much clarity as to who will start in their place moving forward.
Rookies Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito and A.J. Cole have yet to produce consistently. Having a veteran option for a spot start may appeal to the Nats, given what they've seen from that trio in recent weeks.
Latos last pitched for the Chicago White Sox, who cut him loose in May. He went 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 starts. Latos has also played for the Padres, Reds, Marlins, Dodgers and Angels. He played under manager Dusty Baker in Cincinnati.
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