Quarterback Trace McSorley has returned to the Ravens one day after being released, as he went unclaimed via waivers and was re-signed to the team’s practice squad.
The Ravens announced the signing of 13 players to their 16-player practice squad on Sept. 1, a day after the 53-man roster was set, including McSorley and several veterans, among them longtime de facto special teams captain Anthony Levine, defensive lineman Justin Ellis, offensive tackle Andre Smith and special teams standout Jordan Richards.
The Ravens still have three open spots and will most certainly use one for a running back after Nate McCrary, likely destined for the practice squad after being released in the final cutdown, was claimed via waivers by the Denver Broncos.
Every practice squad signee had spent time with the Ravens in training camp except for inside linebacker Blake Gallagher, who had tried out with the team at their rookie minicamp.
McSorley’s status on the waiver wire had been a focal point given that the Ravens opted to keep just two quarterbacks — Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley — on the initial 53-man roster for the first time in four years.
Entering his third NFL season, McSorley had been competing with Huntley to be Jackson’s primary backup, but McSorley missed the past two preseason games with a back injury, during which time Huntley excelled and decisively claimed the No. 2 quarterback role.
In addition to McCrary, cornerback Nigel Warrior was signed away, claimed via waivers by the Seattle Seahawks.
The Ravens were awarded no waiver claims.
Under a league rule implemented last year and retained this year, each team can promote two players from the practice squad each week to make a 55-player roster, and any such player can be promoted twice without being exposed to waivers.
RAVENS PRACTICE SQUAD
T Adrian Ealy
DT Justin Ellis
LB Blake Gallagher
DB Anthony Levine
QB Trace McSorley
WR Jaylon Moore
TE Tony Poljan
DB Jordan Richards
T Andre Smith
DE Chris Smith
P Johnny Townsend
K Jake Verity
WR Binjimen Victor
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