The Mercury News

Running back Forsett is released

Former Cal player has request to be let go granted by Ravens

- Associated Press

Former Cal running back Justin Forsett has been released by the Baltimore Ravens, who complied with his request to play elsewhere.

Forsett was on the inactive list last Sunday and was expected to drop down the depth chart after the return of injured rookie Kenneth Dixon.

So Forsett asked the Ravens to let him go, and general manager Ozzie Newsome formally cut him Tuesday.

Quoted on the team’s website, Forsett said, “It was mutual. I felt like my opportunit­y here was closing. I’m at a phase in my career where I don’t want to sit.”

Forsett started in Baltimore’s first three games, rushing for 98 yards and catching 11 passes for 36 yards.

But Terrance West took over as the starter Sunday against the Raiders and was backed up by Javorius Allen.

Forsett ran for 1,266 yards in 2014. He broke his arm last season after playing in 10 games.

Dolphins: Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey returned to practice after missing the first four games of the season because of a broken left hip that raised concerns about his career. It was his third hip injury since 2014. Pouncey, 27, acknowledg­ed he’s mindful of the longterm effects his injuries to both hips might have.

“We all have concerns long term, every guy that plays in the NFL,” he said. “But right now I’m not too much concerned. I wouldn’t put myself in the position to hurt myself or have a setback if I wasn’t ready to play.”

Titans-Dolphins: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey says there have been preliminar­y discussion­s about the possibilit­y of playing Sunday’s game against the Dolphins in Nashville if Hurricane Matthew necessitat­es a change.

A hurricane watch was in effect for parts of South Florida on Tuesday night, with Matthew expected to reach the area Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Miami.

“We’re prepared to go down, to travel down there,” Mularkey said Tuesday on his weekly radio show. “And if we got an extra home game, that wouldn’t hurt either.”

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said his team prepared for such a storm and the possible impact even before training camp.

“We have protocols that we have in place,” Gase said. “It’s just now kind of a wait-and-see for us.”

Colts: The team shook up its defense, releasing cornerback Antonio Cromartie and waiving inside linebacker Sio Moore. Both started the first four games. Indy (1-3) signed Cromartie on Aug. 22. Moore, acquired in a trade with the Raiders last year, had 31 tackles this season.

Marinovich update: Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterbac­k Todd Marinovich is facing new drug charges after he allegedly was seen trying to enter a stranger’s home naked. Prosecutor­s filed misdemeano­r charges Tuesday accusing the 47-year-old Irvine resident of trespassin­g, public nudity and possessing methamphet­amine and drug parapherna­lia. He could face up to three years in jail if convicted. Authoritie­s say a naked Marinovich tried to open the sliding glass door of an Irvine home in August. He allegedly left a bag containing meth, marijuana, drug gear, his wallet and driver’s license on a nearby hiking trail.

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