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The Ravens signed long snapper Kevin Houser this week to fill the void created Sunday when Morgan Cox tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Houser, 33, is a former seventh-round draft pick who spent eight years with the New Orleans Saints. He was cut in 2009 before joining the Seattle Seahawks, finishing the campaign on Injured Reserve with a collapsed lung.
“[Houser is] a veteran guy and did a really nice job in the workout yesterday,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. “We’ll see how he does today in practice.”
Long snappers Jake Ingram, Ethan Albright and Bryan Pittman also received tryouts, but only Houser and Pittman took physicals, according to reports, with Pittman failing his.
Now, the 6-foot-2, 252-pound Houser must quickly get up to speed with his new teammates.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to represent the team,” Houser said. “The team has put itself in great position. I’m hoping to do whatever I can to help them reach the ultimate goal.”
The Ravens believe Houser’s veteran status will help with his indoctrination.
“We wanted a veteran,” said Harbaugh. “Those guys understand the schemes and they’ve done the techniques and they should be ready to plug right in.”
Ravens punter Sam Koch said the main concern is making sure Houser’s addition does not disrupt the timing of the field goal operation.
From snap to hold to kick, Koch explained the specialists have the process nailed down to 1.3 or 1.31 seconds.
“Trying to figure out [whether] he can find his rhythm, that’s the main part,” Koch said. “So that way Billy can find his rhythm, then we’re all on the same page. But as far as the punting, once we get out there we’ll see but he’s been doing this for 11 years and he knows how to do it. It’ll be just timing it up so Billy feels comfortable.”
Cox hurt his knee on Cundiff’s 27-yard field goal at the 13:35 mark of the second quarter in last week’s 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. The rookie out of Tennessee continued to snap for the rest of the game.
The Ravens believe Cox should be back by training camp, but Houser could stay on through offseason minicamps.
“[There is] no indication of anything that the doctors have told us that this [injury] would be something that would carry [on],” Harbaugh said of Cox. “It looks like it’s something that he should be back for training camp and should be full-go then.”