Ravens sign defensive back Norman, waive Towson product Sheppard


Dealing with injuries and depth concerns at the cornerback position, the Ravens added defensive back Marrio Norman to their 90-man preseason roster on Tuesday.
Starter Lardarius Webb continues to deal with a back injury and fourth-year veteran Chykie Brown has recently been hobbled by a hamstring injury, prompting the Ravens to sign Norman after he tried out at last month’s mandatory minicamp. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back was in the Arena Football League last season and played at Coastal Carolina in his collegiate days.
To make room for Norman on the roster, the Ravens waived wide receiver and Towson product Gerrard Sheppard, who spent the 2013 season on the practice squad. Sheppard has shown promise as a developmental player, but the seventh-round selection of Michael Campanaro in May’s draft and the emergence of rookies Jace Davis and Jeremy Butler saw Sheppard sliding further down the depth chart this summer.