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Kicker Justin Tucker adjusting to Patrick Scales, Ravens' third long snapper this season

Long snapper Patrick Scales during the first quarter of a 2011 preseason game against the Eagles.
Long snapper Patrick Scales during the first quarter of a 2011 preseason game against the Eagles. (Howard Smith / US PRESSWIRE)

Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker will be adjusting to the third long snapper of the season Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Because of an elbow injury to long snapper Kevin McDermott, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday, the Ravens signed Patrick Scales. In October, regular long snapper Morgan Cox was placed on injured reserve when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

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Tucker does have a background with Scales, who was in training camp with the Ravens in 2012 during Tucker's rookie season.

"Pat is a guy we're familiar with," Tucker said. "We've worked with him before, so we know a lot about him and the way he snaps. He really fires the ball; I love that about him.

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"You can tell he snaps with no fear. That's something I appreciate, that [punter Sam Koch] appreciates. We're looking forward to getting him his first win in his first NFL game this week."

Scales has played for four NFL teams but hasn't snapper in a regular-season game.

Scales worked out for the Ravens in October when Cox got hurt, but the team instead signed McDermott.

"I told Patrick at the time, I said, 'You had a great workout. All you need is a team to hire you. You're ready to go,'" Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. "And I didn't think at that time it would be us, but it is. We'll get him ready to play, and he'll do a great job."

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"Our guys know him. He knows our system. He understands our calls. He has been through it for two training camps, so we're not starting from scratch. We're making the best out of an unfortunate situation."

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