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Ravens' next man up--Cousins--goes down; carted off field

Oniel Cousins, who was labeled as “the next man up” when starting right tackle Jared Gaither succumbed to a back injury earlier in training camp, was carted off the field this morning in Westminster.

The severity of the injury is not known, however it’s never a good sign when a player can’t get to the sidelines under his own power.
Cousins, entering his third-year out of UTEP, was expected to play an integral role in the success of the offensive line this season even prior to Gaither’s injury.

While the jury’s out on whether or not Cousins is capable of effectively holding down the right side of the line, the proposition of a serious and long-term injury is troubling for a Ravens team who has severe problems on an already watered-down pool of capable lineman.

Reserve guard David Hale went down earlier in the week and, while an MRI showed no damage, his long-term prognosis is still unknown.

Tony Moll took over at the tackle position after the injury to Cousins. However, if Moll is forced into regular action heading into the regular season, the Ravens certainly have bigger problems than the oft-mentioned troubles of a thin secondary.

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