Ryan Mallett: Getting cut was the best thing for me

Ryan Mallett is getting a fresh start with the Baltimore Ravens. The quarterback admits he has no one to blame but himself for the sudden end to his career in Houston.

Mallett was released by the Texans last month after missing a team flight to Miami. He had repeated instances of tardiness with the Texans and was seen pouting on the sidelines after been pulled in favor of Brian Hoyer during a prime-time game against the Colts.

"I acted immaturely at some games in Houston," Mallett told Baltimore reporters Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle. "There were reasons for it, but that's not going to be discussed right now. The best thing probably was for me to be cut."

The Chronicle reported that Mallett received professional help for his undisclosed personal issues, according to sources not authorized to speak publicly.

"It was a piece of humble pie, but it digested real quickly," Mallett said of his release. "I'm just here to try to be a good teammate and contribute any way I can for the Ravens."

The Ravens have QB issues. Joe Flacco is shelved with a torn ACL and Matt Schaub (chest, shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday after missing Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Mallett likely has the inside track for the primary backup job in 2016 if he can keep it together.

"I think everybody is on that kind of trial in life," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. "When you get a couple of strikes against you, it certainly brings it into sharp focus. He has an opportunity to make the best of it, and he's determined to do that. What he makes of it really in the end is up to him."

Don't be surprised if Mallett sees some action before the end of the season. December is about evaluation for the Ravens this year.

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