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Ravens may turn to Reid

OWINGS MILLS - Back healthy after battling a calf injury for much of the previous four months, Ravens offensive lineman Jah Reid could see action at left guard during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Reid has practiced at both left guard and right tackle, but noted that he's been utilized mostly at left guard this week and is hoping to see some time behind starter Bobbie Williams on Sunday.

Reid was a third round pick by Baltimore in the 2011 NFL draft.

"Every week is an opportunity to get better and earn my way onto the field," Reid said. "So, I've just got to work the same as I've been doing and hopefully I'll eventually get on the field, get some reps and help my team."

The Ravens allowed 13 sacks in their last four games, including four in their 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 7.

Following the game, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh mentioned a desire to "get a look" at some of the team's younger offensive linemen.

Left guard has been an area of concern for the Ravens.

Ramon Harewood started the first five games of the season before being replaced by Williams, but the veteran Williams has struggled as well.

Baltimore signed the 36-year old Williams in June, but he was hampered by a surgically repaired right ankle during training camp and the preseason and has had problems in pass protection since being inserted into the starting lineup.

He allowed two of the team's four sacks against the Texans, beaten by Houston defensive lineman Antonio Smith on back-to-back plays during the second half.

Reid has seen limited action during the early part of his career, and he hasn't played at all this season, but was described by fellow offensive lineman Marshal Yanda as "a hard worker that's working on improving and trying to get out there and get some reps."

Added left tackle Michael Oher: "He's a big, strong, athletic guy that knows all his stuff, and he brings a lot to the table. ... I look for him to do great when he gets his chance."

Without specifically focusing on left guard, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday: "We're always trying to look at the best lineup that we can put on the field at any particular time and getting as many good players involved as we possibly can.

"There are young guys on the offensive line that we want to look at," Harbaugh continued. "There are veteran guys that can help us in doing different things. I just think that football is kind of evolving into where you have to try to get as many players involved as you can."