Cox Comes Off PUP

Updated: Long-snapper Morgan Cox practiced Monday, showing he’d recovered from a torn ACL.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Nearly eight months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, long-snapper Morgan Cox cleared his physical and came off the physically unable to perform list.

Entering his second professional season, Cox practiced Monday, getting a workload that did not include contact.

“The first day back felt good. As soon as I got it warm, I was ready to rock,” Cox said.  “The reps were limited, but I still got in front of everybody and did what I was asked to do.”

Cox hurt his knee last December when he was blocking for a Billy Cundiff field goal in the Ravens’ 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns.  Even though he sustained the injury in the second quarter, Cox fired off five more snaps afterwards (two punts, two extra points and one field goal).

The Tennessee product said he could probably have continued snapping, but the knee would not have been strong enough to block or cover kicks.

“I always saw I could have gone out there in January to snap, but it’s all about the blocking, getting into a football position to stop the rush and then going down and covering,” Cox said.  “I have the brace for that. The leg feels good, the quad feels strong.”

Without Cox, the Ravens signed Kevin Houser to handle their long-snapping duties throughout the playoffs.  Houser was not re-signed this offseason.

Rookie free agent Patrick Scales had been long snapping during training camp.

Ravens Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg was happy with Cox’s opening performance of the 2011 campaign.

“He’s tugging at the leash,” Rosburg said.  “We designed some of the drills he can do without contact in certain areas. He crossed the line a couple of times today, but I’d rather have it that way.  I’m not a medical guy, so I can’t really tell you about the knee, but Morgan’s in great shape physically.

“It’s a first step, but it’s a very important first step.”

The Ravens also made two other roster moves, waiving rookie defensive backs Eugene Clifford and Michael Ricks and signing tight ends Jonathan Stupar and Kris Wilson.

Both players are undrafted free agents.

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