Ravens waive Jeremy Ross, Asa Jackson one day after Harbaugh scolding
A muffed punt and two personal foul penalties earned Jeremy Ross and Asa Jackson more than just a tongue lashing from John Harbaugh. The pair lost their jobs Tuesday.
Ross, the team's punt returner since Week 5, muffed a punt early in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville on Sunday, which the Jaguars promptly turned into a go-ahead touchdown. Ross, who averaged 10.9 yards per return, also fumbled during a return two weeks prior in Arizona, which also led to an opposing touchdown.
“The muffed punt killed us,” Harbaugh said Monday via the team's official site. “It wasn’t an easy catch, and the ball was moving from left to right, and behind him. But it’s still a catch that you have to make in that situation. For sure.”
Jackson drew Harbaugh's ire with a pair of personal fouls against the Jaguars, both during returns by Ross. Jackson has blocked a punt and an extra point in recent weeks, but that wasn't enough to save his job. He was waived with an injury designation, meaning if he goes unclaimed, he'll revert to Baltimore's injured reserve.
“That’s what we call a foolish penalty,” he said. “And for one guy to have three personal foul penalties in a season – in a career, let alone a season, let alone two in a game – is unacceptable.”
The Ravens made a host of roster moves Tuesday, placing rookie receiver Breshad Perriman on injured reserve. They also signed cornerback Cassius Vaughn, tight end Chase Ford, and wide receiver Kaelin Clay. Harbaugh also indicated that defensive end Brent Urban may get activated this week after beginning the season on short-term injured reserve.