[b]Minutes before the Ravens were scheduled to begin practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, the organization announced it had signed Stevie Baggs Jr. to the roster.
The 30-year-old linebacker has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions, but has played mostly in the Canadian Football League. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 241 pounds, Baggs is a pass-rushing linebacker.
The Ravens have been practicing at less than full strength at linebacker. Rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (bruised right shoulder) has not participated for five consecutive days, inside linebacker Josh Bynes (undisclosed) has sat out four straight practices, and inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (undisclosed) did not take part in Friday’s session.
Baggs fills the roster spot created when the team released offensive tackle Paul Madsen on Friday.[/b]