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Danny Woodhead returns to practice from IR; Ravens release WR Griff Whalen

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Ravens bring Woodhead back to practice

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens have made a couple of notable roster moves. Head coach John Harbaugh said that running back Danny Woodhead would return to practice this week after suffering a hamstring injury on the first drive of the 2017 season in Cincinnati. The team announced that Woodhead will return to practice from injured reserve, with the hope he will be back playing a regular-season game in three weeks, per the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.

Per Zrebiec, Baltimore would later release wide receiver wide receiver Griff Whalen. This ends Whalen’s second stint on the team after he signed a few weeks ago following injuries to Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, and Breshad Perriman. The team also promoted guard Maurquice Shakir from the practice squad.

Baltimore proceeded to sign offensive guard Jason King and offensive tackle Steven Moore to fill out the remaining practice squad spots.

The Ravens signed Woodhead in the offseason to a 3-year contract with the Ravens in the offseason to be the type of pass-catching running back who can be relied on to move the chains for the offense. Woodhead did that on that aforementioned first drive of the season, before being lost for the next two months with the hamstring injury. Woodhead returning to practice, and soon to a regular-season game, will be a good boost to the offense, and adds another dynamic to the running back unit now led by Alex Collins.