OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens began trimming their roster down Friday prior to today's league-mandated 53-man limit, terminating the contract of veteran punter Leo Araguz, cutting 10 players and placing offensive guard Brian Rimpf on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
In perhaps their most prominent move, the Ravens released linebacker Roderick Green, a fifth-round draft pick in 2004 who has performed well on special teams and as a situational pass rusher.
Last season, Green registered a career-high 17 special-teams tackles and two sacks while playing in all 16 games.
Elling's departure is yet another indication that rookie Sam Koch will handle kickoff duties in addition to having beaten out Araguz for the punting job.
The sixth-round draft pick from
"I thought I did really well," Koch said. "It comes down to someone else's decision and hopefully I put some trust in their minds."
Against the Redskins, Koch averaged
"He's consistently shown a lot," Billick said of Koch, who also kicked off three times without incident at FedEx Field. "The ability to do both is a big asset."
Koch and his family want to make their residence in
"We'll probably keep on renting for now," Koch said. "But there's always the possibility of buying a home if everything goes right. I'm very optimistic."
Placing Rimpf on injured reserve after he started seven games last season at right guard and cutting Szalay likely means that the Ravens are counting on the versatility of reserve interior blockers Jason Brown and Chris Chester.
The Ravens also reached injury settlements with safety B.J. Ward and receiver Matt Cherry, who were placed on injured reserve earlier this week.