Area players gone from rosters

Three former area high school standouts were cut from their respective teams Saturday as NFL franchises are slimming down their rosters to 53.

The most shocking of the three was former Cardinal Mooney and Ohio State outside linebacker John Simon.

He was the fourth-round pick by the Ravens in 2013. Simon played seven games as a rookie, recording four tackles, and had a sack in four preseason appearances this season.

Former Liberty and Michigan standout running back Fitzgerald Toussaint made a good impression on the Ravens by having a game-high 103 yards against New Orleans in the Ravens’ last preseason game.

According to a published report, Toussaint has a possiblity to be signed to the Ravens’ practice squad today if he clears waivers.

Finally, former Canfield and Ball State safety Sean Baker was cut by the Atlanta Falcons.

Baker was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a college free agent out of Ball State following the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent part of the 2013 season on the Falcons practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the season finale.