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Ravens Health Issues on O-Line Becoming Serious

As the Ravens continue to try to come out of their offensive funk, the health of the teams offensive line is becoming more and more of a concern each week. Sunday vs the 49’ers the team played with two rookies at tackle and another at guard. They may be forced to do the same this week as the team suffered more injuries that will effect them in Sunday’s match up with the winless St.Louis Rams. Consider this – Adam Terry was already playing for starter Jonathan Odgen, and he had to leave the game after an ankle sprain. Then there was center Mike Flynn, who hurt his knee and didn’t return.

Right now things look so bad that the birds are down to just five healthy O-linemen. Rookie tackle Jared Gaither, third-year guard Jason Brown, second-year center-guard Chris Chester, rookie guard Ben Grubbs, and rookie guard-tackle Marshal Yanda. The five have combined for 31 career starts, with Brown leading the pack with 18 of them.

“Individually, they haven’t experienced enough,” Ravens O-Line coach Chris Foerster said. “That’s the other thing, the jelling together is seeing things the same way. One guy’s new, and he doesn’t quite see something happen as quickly as the guy next to him sees it. Then the guy next to him says, ‘Oh boy, he didn’t see it, I have to [compensate],’ and then the other guy sees it late.”

While the Ravens may make a roster move to bring another lineman in this week, it looks as if this position, which has already been a trouble spot for parts of the season with how they have played and now with major injuries, could be a huge problem for weeks to come.


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