The Ravens released Trevor Pryce today, but head coach John Harbaugh said that it won't be long before the veteran defensive end is back with the team.
"Oh, high possibility," Harbaugh said, when asked if there was a chance of Pryce returning. "You've got roster issues that you deal with, and that's not something we wanted to do. Trevor's a big part of what we're doing here, and we anticipate getting him back. It's just what we had to do for now."
Further evidence that Pryce will likely return sometime soon comes from the fact that his locker hasn't been touched. His jersey is still hanging, his clothes are still on the base of the locker, and his name tag still hangs on the wall.
The release of Pryce might lead some to believe that defensive end Cory Redding is coming along well after suffering a concussion last Sunday, but Harbaugh said that's not necessarily the case.
"It's just a roster move," he said. "To read to much into it...it's not a big deal. We're going to put the 45 best guys that we have [out there]. Guys have to step up and play. I would rather have Trevor here this week playing, but we're not able to do that this week. We just had a numbers situation.
"He'll be back with us."
Harbaugh declined to touch on the reasoning for bringing back Ken Hamlin, who will fill Pryce's roster spot, but said that the team had hoped to re-sign the veteran safety when they released him last week.
"We said before we wanted him back," Harbaugh said. "He's part of our team, he was a big part of it the first few weeks. He figures into our plans the rest of the year, and we said before, it was just a roster move. We just have to work the numbers."