Cundiff among nine Ravens cuts

There's no longer any question about who will be the Ravens' kicker.

Former Pro Bowler Billy Cundiff was released Sunday among the team's first round of cuts, leaving impressive rookie Justin Tucker as his replacement.

Tucker has made all five of his attempts this preseason, including two from 50 yards and beyond.

"Billy had a great camp, the best he has had with us," coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. "He showed, like he always has, a toughness and an ability to come back and be a top-flight NFL kicker. These decisions are never easy, and this one was difficult for all of us - Ozzie (Newsome), Jerry (Rosburg) and me.

"Of course, that says something about Justin, the way he has kicked and our belief in him. But that does not say something less about Billy. Billy was ready in every way to be our kicker. He'll kick in the NFL. He's a very good kicker and an even better person."

The Ravens also cut tight end Davon Drew, wideout Devin Goda, offensive lineman Addison Lawrence, cornerback Jordan Mabin, center Cecil Newton, long snapper Patrick Scales, quarterback Chester Stewart and wideout Patrick Williams.

The team still needs to make six more cuts before 4 p.m. Monday.