Lemon Waived, Ravens at 75


The Ravens waived quarterback Cleo Lemon, putting the team at the NFL-mandated 75-man roster limit before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline.

Lemon, who was signed by the Ravens on Aug. 16 as a precaution against a minor shoulder injury suffered by John Beck, did not get any snaps in any of Baltimore's first three preseason contests.

The Arkansas State product actually spent time on the Ravens as a free agent in 2002, when he was allocated to the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, but he was released prior to the regular season.

"That was a good time, my first training camp," Lemon said in this year's training camp. "Everything's pretty much the same."

Lemon, 30, then went to the San Diego Chargers, where he apprenticed under Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

Cameron also coached Lemon when they both were with the Miami Dolphins in 2007. Cameron was the head coach, and Lemon served as the backup to quarterbacks Trent Green and Beck.

That year, he played in nine games, starting seven. Lemon completed 173 of 309 passes for 1,773 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 102 yards and four scores.

In 2008, Lemon spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars before joining the Ravens this summer.

Now, the Ravens will move forward with Joe FlaccoTroy Smith and Beck as their primary three signal-callers.

With the release of receivers Biren Ealy and Bradon Godfrey, and quarterback Drew Willy, along with Samari Rolle's placement on the Physically Unable to Perform list, the Ravens have their roster set at 75 players.

NFL clubs must cut down to 53 members on Sept. 5 by 6 p.m.

Fans can test their knowledge by trying to guess the Ravens' final 53-man roster in the You Make the Cut contest. All entries must be received by Friday at 5 p.m.

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