The Baltimore Ravens acquired running back Delone Carter, a former standout at Copley High School, from the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday in a trade for wide receiver David Reed.
The deal involves two players who have seen limited playing time in the NFL.
Reed, 26, has five career receptions for 66 yards over three years. All five catches came last year. To this point in his career, his biggest plays have come on special teams.
As a rookie in 2010, he led the NFL by averaging 29.3 yards per kickoff return. That included a 103-yard return for a touchdown to open the second half at Houston.
Jacoby Jones is returning kickoffs for the Ravens now, and Reed was buried on the depth chart at wide receiver.
But the 6-foot, 195-pounder has a shot at making an impression with the Colts.
“This trade gives us a chance to improve in key areas moving forward,” Indianapolis General Manager Ryan Grigson said. “David is a very competitive football player and we welcome his style of play and energy. At the same time, we wish Delone well with his opportunity to play for another first-class organization and we thank him for his efforts.”
Carter has started three games over two seasons with the Colts, running 133 times for 499 yards and five touchdowns. He was a fourth-round pick out of Syracuse in the 2011 draft.
His best season came as a rookie, when he ran for 377 yards on 101 carries. Although the Ravens already have Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce at running back, the 5-foot-9, 232-pound Carter might be used in short-yardage situations.
Griffin focuses on opener
Off the field, Robert Griffin III has decided he’s no Bill Belichick. On the field, he moved a step closer toward a Week 1 return Wednesday when he took full-speed, full-team snaps against the first-string defense for the first time since his knee surgery.
The Washington Redskins are home from training camp, but the new setting doesn’t change the team’s overriding narrative. The Sept. 9 Monday night regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles is less than three weeks away, and the question remains whether the franchise player who says he’ll be ready to go will indeed be ready to go.
“My eyes are set on Philly,” he said. To achieve that goal, he must get the OK from his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, who examined Griffin’s reconstructed right knee on Monday and will do so again after the final preseason game. Even if Andrews says all is well, the final decision will rest with coach Mike Shanahan.
Giants rotate linemen
For the second time in as many days, the New York Giants shuffled their offensive line because of an injury. A day after being moved from right tackle to left guard, veteran David Diehl was forced to have surgery on his right thumb Wednesday. The best guess is that Diehl will be sidelined six weeks.
Around the league
Middle linebacker Sean Lee and the Dallas Cowboys agreed on a six-year contract extension through the 2019 season that could escalate as high as $51 million depending on different incentives. … Houston running back Arian Foster was removed from the physically unable to perform list and practiced with the Texans for the first time since May. Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was suspended by the NFL for Week 1 of the regular season and the last two preseason games for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player’s helmet. … The Arizona Cardinals signed Dan Carpenter to compete with Jay Feely as the team’s kicker. … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed veteran kicker Rian Lindell and waived linebacker Joe Holland. … Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is getting a second opinion on his sprained right foot and will miss Saturday’s preseason game. … New York Jets fullback Lex Hilliard was placed on season-ending injured reserve, a day after seriously injuring his shoulder.