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Ravens Release Offensive Lineman James Hurst

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NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens have released veteran offensive lineman James Hurst.

Hurst has been with the Ravens for six seasons and started a total of 44 games during that span. He spent the majority of last season backing up tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and started in two games in place of Ronnie Stanley who was dealing with a concussion.

Hurst was a solid player to have on the roster for depth. He was capable of playing both tackle and guard. However, he is set to serve a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, and by releasing him, the Ravens will save $2.75 million in cap space.

The move gives Eric DeCosta and the front office a little more room to operate. This could be a sign that a bigger deal is in the works.

Guard became a big need following Marshal Yanda's retirement. Now with Hurst gone, guard just became even thinner on the depth chart. The front office should address that position soon.