The Ravens have placed CB Walt Harris on injured reserve, the club's official website reported Friday. The club signed undrafted rookie CB Chris Hawkins to take his place.
The 35-year-old Harris, whom the Ravens signed on June 24, has been bothered by an Achilles injury. He missed the 2009 season because of a knee injury. According to the Ravens' website, the Ravens cannot release the injured Harris because he is a vested veteran. The club had originally announced it had released Harris.
"Walt was really disappointed that he wasn't able to get healthy in practice," head coach John Harbaugh said Friday, according to The (Baltimore) Sun. "That was the toughest thing. He feels like he's close."
According to The Sun, Harbaugh said that Harris is aiming "to go back and really get with trainers and get himself right where he feel like he can play this year. But he knows that he's not there right now."
Hawkins, whom the Jaguars released on July 7, started 11 games at LSU in 2009. In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki described Hawkins as a "height-weight-speed prospect who is too tightly wound and beat too often." However, Nawrocki also noted that Hawkins worked out well at the Combine and has "very good straight-line speed" and "nice recovery quickness."
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