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The Ravens terminated the contract of vested veteran tight end Quinn Sypniewski Wednesday after he failed to pass a physical.
The restricted free agent sat out all of 2008 and 2009 after having major reconstruction surgery on his left knee. Sypniewski, 27, originally tore his anterior cruciate ligament in minicamp before the 2008 season.
According to reports, the former fifth-round pick underwent a minor clean-up surgery on Feb. 6 that wasn’t expected to impact his potential return in 2010.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder was a valuable blocking tight end during 31 games and 12 starts in 2006 and 2007. He also caught 34 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown in 2007.
In Sypniewski’s void, lineman Chris Chester was used as a blocking tight end in unbalanced or jumbo formations in 2009.