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It might be time to turn to Yanda

It's T-minus six days and counting until the Ravens' season opener against the Jets, and the team's gaping hole on the right side of the offensive line is still occupied by a massive question mark.

Neither Jared Gaither or coach John Harbaugh has a timetable for the starter's return. Gaither's primary backup, Oniel Cousins, is trying to ease back into practice after suffering a concussion last month. And Tony Moll, who started at right tackle in the Ravens' final two preseason games, isn't going to cut it against Rex Ryan's blitz-happy Jets.

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If the Ravens don't get encouraging news on the injury front here in the next couple of days, it might be time to turn to right guard Marshal Yanda.

Yanda started at right tackle for the Ravens 16 times in his first three seasons, including five starts there in 2009. He's a mauler when it comes to the ground game, and he's better suited to play guard, but desperate times call for desperate measures — and that's where the Ravens are at right now. They shouldn't fool around when it comes to Joe Flacco's safety by leaving him exposed against the Jets.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Yanda took snaps at right tackle last week, with Chris Chester moving into the starting five at right guard. "We're getting reps there just in case we had to go to that, but nobody knows yet," Yanda said Monday. "We'll see."

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