Ravens Running Low On Tackles

Baltimore had four offensive tackles sitting out practice Sunday.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, August 1st, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Categories: 2010 Training Camp, Ryan Mink

The Ravens are running low on tackles – especially on the right side – as four tackles sat out morning practice Sunday.

Jared Gaither’s health status is up in the air and he has missed four straight practices. Oniel Cousins remains on the physically unable to perform list due to an offseason procedure to remove a cyst from his esophagus.

Tony Moll has been sidelined by an undisclosed reason for the past two sessions and Stefan Rodgers was also out Sunday morning.

That left the Ravens with third-year converted basketball player Joe Reitz and rookie Ramon Harewood manning right tackle with the first team. Reitz took the majority of the snaps because Harewood also played left tackle on the second team.

The Ravens added reinforcements in guard/center Daniel Sanders, who Baltimore signed to a future/reserve contract on Jan. 21 but released on June 17 before being back once again. That meant rookie free agent wide receiver Rodelin Anthony was released.

“The biggest problem is that we’re short on numbers,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.

“And Dan’s a guy who was with us all through the offseason. So he knows how we work, he knows the offense, he’s in shape. So we felt like part of the plan was to have guys that we could bring back if we needed to, and obviously on the offensive line, we needed to do that.”

Reitz was sweatier than usual after practice. He spent all of last year on the practice squad and the majority of his rookie season on injured reserve.

“Our coaches coach us everyday like we’re all starters and that’s how we all prepare,” Reitz said. “That’s the attitude I’m taking when I get thrown in with the first-team.”

The Ravens held a tryout for three unnamed players that looked to be offensive linemen after practice. The players were not made available to the media.

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