Ravens waive WR LaQuan Williams

Ravens waive WR LaQuan Williams
September 1, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Baltimore native LaQuan Williams spent two seasons playing for his hometown team, but his Ravens career appears to be over as Williams was cut by the Ravens on Sunday.

The move came less than 24 hours after the Ravens set the 53-man roster, with Williams holding one of the seven spots claimed by wide receivers.

Williams, a former undrafted player out of Maryland who played scholastically at Poly, spent two seasons on his hometown team. He was limited as a receiver, with just four catches for 46 yards, all coming as a rookie. He was considered one of the team's top special teams players, and forced a fumble in the 2011 AFC Championship Game at New England. Last season he had no receptions and his season ended early as he was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 26 with a thigh injury.

Williams opened the preseason strongly, with a touchdown catch and a blocked punt recovery in the end zone for another touchdown. But he suffered an apparent hamstring injury in the preseason finale at St. Louis and did not take any snaps in that game at wide receiver.

With Williams gone, the Ravens still have six receivers on the roster: Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Brandon Stokley, Aaron Mellette, Marlon Brown and Deonte Thompson.

The release of Williams, which was not mentioned by John Harbaugh in his noon news conference, opens up one roster spot, and another is expected to open when the Ravens assign Dennis Pitta to one of the injured reserve designations, likely on Tuesday.