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Ben Roethlisberger's big performance may have got two cornerbacks fired

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On Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger tormented the Baltimore Ravens defence and cornerbacks to the tune of 340 passing yards with six touchdowns, the repercussions of that embarrassing defeat at the hands of their AFC North rivals have become clear.

Against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dominique Franks donned the purple of Baltimore and started at the cornerback position for the Ravens, and then as of Tuesday, he had been unceremoniously cut.

The Ravens announced the departure of the 27-year-old defensive back from their franchise.

Franks had a quick fall from grace as he began Sunday as the starting corner for the Ravens and then less than 48 hours later, he was a free agent on the scrap heap of the NFL wasteland.

It was possible he had been cited as one of the key reasons for the teams meltdown against the Steelers that saw their opposition rack up 43 points along with Big Ben throwing a career-tying high six passing touchdowns.

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So is Ben Roethlisberger's masterful performance really the reason for the release of not only one cornerback from the Ravens roster, but two?

It was also announced on Tuesday that Baltimore had also waived the contract of Chykie Brown, the 29-year-old had been with the team three seasons after being selected in the 5th round of the 2011 draft.

Baltimore decided to promote undrafted rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs from the practice squad to the active roster and claimed cornerback Danny Gorrer off waivers.

All the activity by the Ravens means that they only have three healthy cornerback options on the roster at present time, after their fallout and exodus since Sunday, Lardarius Webb, Jacobs and Gorrer are the only active cornerbacks.

Ravens have always been known for their vaunted defence but they currently sit 29th in the NFL against the pass and drastic change was needed for the ball club after being embarrassed by their bitter rival Steelers.

Despite holding a 5-4 record, the Ravens currently sit bottom of the AFC North which is being spoke of as the toughest division in the league, to have a chance of making the playoffs the team will surely have to perform a lot better against its divisional opponents.

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