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Before the Ravens' Matt Lawrence became an all-around back at the University of Massachusetts, he played at Connecticut from 2003-04 in his home state. His coach was Randy Edsall, who was named Maryland's coach on Monday.
The Ravens announced that they have elected to keep running back Matt Lawrence on the team's physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, thus ending his season.
Lawrence played in eight games last season, but was sidelined by a knee injury that also forced him to miss training camp and the rest of the preseason.
Lawrence was then placed on the PUP list to begin the season. After the mandatory six-week period of inactivity ended, Lawrence participated in several of the team's practices.
The decision to not activate him from the PUP might suggest that the knee is still an issue. Another possibility is that activating Lawrence would have required the Ravens to release a player from their current roster, a scenario they might have preferred to avoid.
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"It was good to be out there," said Lawrence, who missed the preseason and the first six weeks of the regular season while languishing on the team's physically-unable-to-perform list. "It was a pretty good pace, a pretty good workout. ... I was full-go. The coaches just told me, 'Go play ball. Do what you've been doing all these years.'"
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Running back Matt Lawrence said he has not ruled out returning to the field this season.
Lawrence, who remains on the team's physically-unable-to-perform list since suffering a knee injury that forced him to injured reserve on Nov. 24, conceded that he is anxious to play football again.
"Just by doing all of the stuff that they're asking me to do, I'm in a great program, and when I get right, I'll be right," he said. "As of right now, we're just going to keep doing what we've been doing and keep progressing."
Harbaugh said he had no update to provide, adding, "We're thinking about it right now - whether we want to do something right now or wait until next week. But we'll be looking at him real soon just to see how he holds up in a practice-type of setting. But it could be as early as Wednesday [or] it might be as late as next week."
The opener between the Jets and Ravens will have three players that wore the maroon and white along with several other alums in the front office and on the sidelines. With the Jets: No. 44 James Ihedigbo will play in the secondary and on special teams. No. 62 Vladimir Ducasse was the Jets second-round NFL Draft pick this past April. He will play as a back-up on the offensive line. Along with Ihedigbo and Ducasse, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and several members of the Jets front office graduated from UMass.
With the Ravens No. 32 Matt Lawrence will not play as he is sidelined with a knee injury. UMass alum and former Redman football player Clarence Brooks continues as an assistant coach with the Ravens.
In the second game, UMass product Jeremy Horne is expected to play for the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Diego Chargers. Horne will be wearing No. 11 for the Chiefs in the 10:35 kickoff, paying as back-up receiver.
Lawrence talked about his time at UMass and he misses about UMass.
"I miss Antonio's and Bueno Y Sano, and Black Sheep and Pasta Y Basta, restaurant-wise. But you miss college, and you always miss the guys and try to keep in contact with them."
Here's your rundown of UMass Alums in action in the NFL Preseason as these players hope to secure spots on rosters for the regular season:
In the CAA, Maine hosts Albany at 7 p.m.; Delaware hosts West Chester at 7 p.m.; Rhode Island plays at Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. and Towson plays at Indiana at 7:30 p.m. We will have updates here on JTAM throughout the night.
Check out the story from the Baltimore Sun.
Despite the collegiate attitude surrounding a John Harbaugh Ravens camp, running back Matt Lawrence knows how tough it can be as well. One of 14 players who ended up on injured reserve last year with a November knee injury, Lawrence feels he's at 100 percent. But he understands professional football is a mental challenge as well as a physical one. Read comments from the former UMass back on The Press Box from Baltimore.