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Ravens update depth chart

The Ravens have updated their depth chart, but there's nothing really earth-shattering in terms of news.

Even with the addition of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, he and Donte' Stallworth are behind starters Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, who have more familiarity with the playbook.


Jared Gaither is listed as the starting right tackle and Tony Moll is his backup, but with Gaither still plagued by a thoracic disk injury, don't be surprised if Oniel Cousins is inserted at right tackle in the team's season opener against the New York Jets next Monday night -- provided that Cousins demonstrates that he is no longer bothered by the concussion suffered in the preseason.

Cory Redding is listed as the starting defensive end, but the Ravens have always felt comfortable rotating their defensive linemen. So Trevor Pryce should still see an active role.


As demonstrative as he has been about downplaying three consecutive starts at inside linebacker, Jameel McClain is listed as a starter in the defense's 3-4 alignment. Dannell Ellerbe is his backup, while Tavares Gooden is behind 10-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis.

Edgar Jones backs up Terrell Suggs, and Prescott Burgess does the same for Jarret Johnson.

Fabian Washington and Chris Carr are the starting cornerbacks. The team is still being cautious with Lardarius Webb, who still hasn't returned to the field in a game setting after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Dec. 20.

If Webb can prove that he is fully recovered in practice this week, he could leapfrog Carr, who would then be competing with Josh Wilson for the nickel back spot.

Dawan Landry and Tom Zbikowski are the starters at strong and free safety, respectively. Ed Reed will miss the first six weeks of the season as he currently resides on the physically-unable-to-perform list.