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Observations from the Ravens' first preseason game

Here are a few odds and ends through the first half of the Ravens' first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium tonight.

1. Rookie linebacker Antwan Barnes lined up with the first-string defense on two passing plays. He added a sack of Eagles quarterback Kelly Holcomb on the first play of the second quarter.

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2. The Ravens' offense opened with a traditional two-receiver, one-fullback set and Justin Green lined up at fullback instead of fourth-round pick Le'Ron McClain.

3. When the offense went to a single-back formation, running back Willis McGahee carried the ball four times for 20 yards, including a 16-yard gain between left guard Jason Brown and left tackle Jared Gaither.

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4. Quarterback Steve McNair played just one series, but it was a brilliant series. Six completions in eight pass attempts for 73 yards and a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Quinn Sypniewski. McNair was replaced by Kyle Boller.

5. When Boller came in at quarterback, right guard Chris Chester replaced Mike Flynn at center, first-round pick Ben Grubbs replaced Chester at right guard, and Musa Smith succeeded McGahee at running back.

6. Kicker Matt Stover converted a 50-yard field goal. Meanwhile, Eagles kicker David Akers, who at 32 years of age is seven years younger than Stover, missed a 43-yard attempt wide right. Stover also connected on a 41-yarder in the first half.

7. It appeared the night was over for the Eagles' Victor Abiamiri after the defensive end from Gilman and Notre Dame injured his shoulder on his second play of the game while tackling Ravens running back Musa Smith. But Abiamiri returned.

8. Smith appeared to require attention from the Ravens' medical staff toward the end of the second quarter. Eagles return specialist Jeremy Bloom (toe) and defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey (ankle) went into the locker room for further treatment before halftime.

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