Decorah native and former University of Iowa football player Brett Van Sloten was cut by the Baltimore Ravens Monday.
Van Sloten was listed on the waived - injured list. The Ravens cut 15 players off their roster, going from 90 to 75. All NFL teams had to trim their squads to 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Van Sloten, an undrafted offensive tackle, was injured in the Aug. 16 game with Houston. It’s been reported he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL, located in his knee).
Waived - injured is different than just being cut. When a player is injured and released, the team is responsible to pay the athlete until the injury is healed. Usually, the team and the injured player reach an injury settlement.
Van Sloten still has a chance of making a squad or earning a spot on a practice team. Now that he’s been waived, any of the other 31 NFL teams can sign him. The Ravens also have the option of re-signing him and placing him on the injured reserve list.
NFL teams are required to be at 53 players by 4 p.m. Sunday.