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Ravens Cut Trent Richardson, Add Wide Receiver


Trent Richardson's comeback bid with the Ravens has come to a close.

The former No. 3 overall pick couldn't get on the field in Baltimore because of hamstring and knee issues, and the Ravens waived him from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday. The team re-signed wide receiver Chuck Jacobs to fill the roster spot.

The Ravens signed Richardson in April after he spent all of last season out of football. The running back participated in the entire offseason program, but a hamstring injury kept him out of practice during some of Organized Team Activities. He then needed to have a knee procedure after minicamp, which forced him to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He did not get on the field at all in training camp.

Richardson's NFL career has never really been able to get off the ground after the Cleveland Browns drafted him in 2012. They traded him to Indianapolis his second season, and the Colts cut him in 2014. Richardson got a shot with the Oakland Raiders in last year's training camp, but injuries and conditioning issues kept him from making an impact and led to his release. 

The Ravens took a shot on the former Alabama star this offseason after he dropped about 20 pounds and re-committed himself to the game. But Richardson was unable to carve out a spot for himself among a crowded group of running backs, and the Ravens have decided to stick with young players like fourth-round pick Kenneth Dixon, Terrance West, Buck Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro. They also boast former Pro Bowler Justin Forsett.

In terms of adding Jacobs, he will give the Ravens depth as they are down several players at the position. Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles), Breshad Perriman (knee) and Chris Moore (undisclosed) all aren't practicing right now, and Jacobs knows the system after spending part of last year with the Ravens.

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