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B.Mattison surprised at promotion to active roster

Bryan Mattison made sure he didn't jump to conclusions.

Even after starting right guard Chris Chester had been hospitalized Thursday night with a bacterial skin infection and the Ravens in need of another interior offensive lineman, Mattison didn't allow himself to think that he would be the one promoted from the practice squad to the active roster until it actually occurred Saturday, the day before the team's game against the Carolina Panthers.

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"When Chris wasn't here, I did think they were going to need a backup center somewhere," said Mattison, who plays both guard and center positions. "I knew I was one of the options, but I didn't want to get too excited because crazier things have happened. But I was glad."Mattison, whose father Greg is the Ravens defensive coordinator, played sparingly, participating on field goal kicking and kick returns, but he had fun playing in his first NFL game.

"It felt good, but at the same time, it can change back at any time," Mattison said. "I'm just trying to enjoy it right now and not think about the future."

Mattison said his transition from defensive tackle to offensive lineman is almost complete.

"I don't know about being 100 percent comfortable," he said. "You're always working to get better, and you're always tweaking things, but I'm starting to get there."

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