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Ravens: Mason coming home...again

Seems like only yesterday that we were awaiting the return of receiver Derrick Mason to M&T Bank Stadium for the game between the Ravens and the Jets. Now, it looks like Mason will play in consecutive games at M&T -- consecutive for us, not him.

Mason reportedly has been traded to the Houston Texans to fill the void left when top receiver Andre Johnson went down with a severe hamstring injury. It's a little surprising that the Jets were so quick to get rid of him, though he probably ruffled some feathers when he complained publicly about the Jets offensive issues.

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It looks like a good move for Mason. The Jets were considered a Super Bowl contender when he signed with them, but their postseason hopes hit a rough patch with a string of losses to the Raiders, Ravens and Patriots. The Texans are in better shape in the standings (3-2), but their nice start has been stunted by the loss of Johnson and a season-ending injury to defensive star Mario Willliams.

Still, the Texans remain in decent position to reach the playoffs from the AFC South with the Colts in crisis and a remaining schedule that is not particularly challenging. Mason will certainly help add some continuity to Matt Schaub's passing attack and help the Texans battle with the Tennessee Titans for divisional supremacy.

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