Rabach shifted back to left guard

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Mulitalo injury spurs move

Flynn will start at center

December 30, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

When Casey Rabach arrived at the Ravens' training facility yesterday, there was a note hanging in his locker telling him to report to the coaches' office immediately.

"I just went up there and they were like, `We feel comfortable with you playing left guard. Do you want to do it?' I said, `Sure,' " Rabach said. "I've done it before. It's been awhile since I've done it, but it's football."

Rabach, in fact, has spent this season at center and has not played left guard for an entire game in more than two years.

But with Edwin Mulitalo out with a triceps injury, the Ravens have opted to have Rabach replace Mulitalo and to start Mike Flynn back at center, where he had played the previous three seasons.

When Mulitalo left Sunday's game early, Bennie Anderson replaced him, but Anderson will start at right guard, his natural position, in the regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins. Mulitalo will have surgery today to repair his left triceps and is expected to be ready by the May minicamp.

Even with the changes to the offensive line, the Ravens may find a favorable matchup Sunday against the Dolphins' front seven. The Dolphins are 30th in the league against the run, giving up 140.8 yards a game.

T. Taylor: `I understand'

Receiver Travis Taylor addressed his benching against the Steelers yesterday.

Taylor, a first-round pick in 2000, was a healthy, game-day inactive for the first time in his five-year career, and was replaced by Randy Hymes. Taylor cited a nagging back injury as part of the problem.

"I understand the situation," said Taylor, who is generally considered the Ravens' No. 1 receiver. "We have three healthy receivers, and I'm not 100 percent. So it was good to see Randy out there and do what he did. I can't be mad at the situation. Whatever is best for the team."

Injury updates

Offensive tackle Orlando Brown (knee), tight end Todd Heap (ankle), defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu (calf), running back Jamal Lewis (ankle), linebacker Ray Lewis (wrist), nickel back Deion Sanders (foot) and linebacker Bart Scott (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game.

Heap, Sanders and the Lewises did not practice.

"We'll progress through the week a lot like last week," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We'll have a couple of guys that probably won't see a lot of reps during the course of the week but should be ready to go come game time."

Dolphins quarterback A.J. Feeley (ribs) is doubtful for the game and likely will be replaced by Sage Rosenfels. It would be the first start in Rosenfels' four-year career.

Help from the Colts?

The Ravens got some good news when Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said he would play his healthy starters against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

To make the playoffs, the Ravens need to beat the Dolphins and hope for losses by Denver, Buffalo (to Pittsburgh) and Jacksonville (to Oakland).

Steelers coach Bill Cowher has not ruled out starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but running back Jerome Bettis is doubtful. Neither the Steelers nor Colts have anything to gain with a victory.

"There is a novel idea - to actually play out a game," Billick said. "Wow. That's good to know."

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