Pryce Expected Back This Year

The Ravens felt it was necessary to re-sign Ken Hamlin for their matchup vs. the Steelers.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens didn’t want to release four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Trevor Pryce on Wednesday, but they felt like it was necessary to re-sign safety Ken Hamlin heading into their matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“You’ve got roster issues that you deal with, and that’s not something we wanted to do,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said of the transaction. “Trevor is a big part of what we’re doing here, and we anticipate getting him back. It’s just what we had to do for now.”

Pryce could return as soon as next week, as the Ravens value his leadership in the locker room and complete package of skills on the field.

“Trevor’s a valuable part of this team and he will be back with us,” noted Harbaugh.

Joining the Ravens in 2006, the 14-year veteran owns 90 career sacks, including 26 in Baltimore. His 13 sacks in 2006 are the third most during a single season in Ravens history.

But Pryce hasn’t yet filled the stat sheet this year, posting one tackle in a limited role.

Until he was replaced in the starting lineup by Dwan Edwards midway through last year, Pryce had started 42 games for Baltimore. And even though he wasn’t starting for a large part of the 2009 campaign, Pryce still led the Ravens with 6.5 sacks.

According to reports, Pryce also took a $2.5 million pay-cut during the offseason to remain with the Ravens.

Hours after the news was announced, Pryce’s locker was still full of football equipment and some personal items while Hamlin took the practice field in his familiar No. 22 jersey.

Hamlin was waived on Sept. 22 when cornerback Cary Williams came off his two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Now, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound safety will help out a secondary that has been banged up to start the season, with Ed Reed residing on the physically unable to perform list (hip).

“He figures into our plans the rest of the year,” Harbaugh said of Hamlin. “We said before, it was just a roster move. We just have to work the numbers.”

Hamlin, an eight-year veteran and former Pro Bowler, was appreciative of another opportunity in Baltimore.

“It’s business, back to work whatever. So it’s another day of work,” Hamlin said. “I’m glad to be back, glad to be back with this organization.”

Moving forward, Pryce’s absence could open the door for Paul Kruger and rookie Terrence Cody to see their first playing time of the season, especially considering defensive end Cory Redding suffered a concussion last week against the Cleveland Browns.

Harbaugh chose not to speculate on Redding’s availability this week.

“Cory will be ready when he’s ready,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not predictable. It’s a concussion. There’s no way to predict with a concussion. You just don’t know.”

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