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Moll goes unnoticed in first start in two years

Tony Moll didn't stand out in his first start with the Ravens, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Filling in for the injured Jared Gaither (strained back/back spasms) and Oniel Cousins (headache), Moll produced a workmanlike effort at right tackle in the team's 23-3 victory over the Washington Redskins Saturday night.

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"It was definitely exciting that I was able to get in there and get some reps, especially since I sat out last week," Moll said, referring to a concussion that had sidelined him for 10 days of training camp and the Ravens' 17-12 win against the Carolina Panthers in the preseason opener on Aug. 12. "It definitely was a good feeling going with the ones, and hopefully, I was able to prove myself and show some good things that will make a little bit of a headway with the coaching staff."

Individually, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Moll did not surrender a sack to Washington defensive end Adam Carriker or outside linebacker Andre Carter. Moll was also part of an offensive line that protected quarterback Joe Flacco, who had been sacked twice by the Panthers.

"That's a point of emphasis every week. We work so hard on our pass protection," Moll said. "We watch a lot of film, and we want to have everything figured out before we get to the line and know exactly what we have to do, and on top of that, you've got to have good technique. And then you've got to give credit to the defensive guy we're going against because there's a reason he's in the NFL, too. So it's definitely an awesome thing when you don't allow any sacks. But I think we had a couple pressures, and he had to roll out a couple times to hit it. So there's definitely some things there that we have to clean up."

Moll hadn't started since Dec. 28, 2008 when he lined up right tackle for the Green Bay Packers. So he was understandably antsy about playing Saturday night.

"I don't know if I was nervous. I think I was just anxious," he said. "It's been a while since I've been on the field, especially with the ones. It's been since Green Bay. So it was definitely a good feeling."

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