Ravens sign Riddick Parker to one year deal.

OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Rex Ryan won't have to introduce Riddick Parker at today's defensive line meeting. The veteran defensive end played in 11 games for Baltimore (2-2) last season and was re-signed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $655,000. The Ravens waived defensive lineman Joe Salave'a to make room for Parker, whose contract was terminated before the regular season began.

"Riddick gives us a presence as a guy who can play end on first down and inside on passing downs," Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "He gives us some versatility."

Salave'a was inactive for the first four games. Last season, Parker, 31, had 29 tackles, a sack and forced two fumbles.

Parker, 6-foot-3, 295 pounds, has previous stints with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers. He earned a Super Bowl ring in with New England. Parker's best statistical season came in 2000 in Seattle with a career-high 48 tackles in 16 starts. The University of North Carolina graduate has 115 career tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles. "He also gives us a solid veteran presence in the locker room," Newsome said . "So, that was why we decided to do it."

FAVORED TO WIN: The Ravens were installed as 5 ½ point favorites over the Cardinals even before the revelation that all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith is out indefinitely with a fractured left scapula. Besides inserting Marcel Shipp, the Cardinals (1-4) also have to deal with the absence of receivers Bryant Johnson and Jason McAddley. Johnson, a first-round draft pick from Penn State who's a native of Baltimore, has an injured shoulder. McAddley has a torn hamstring. Arizona offensive coordinator Jerry Sullivan will go with rookie standout Anquan Boldin (33 receptions, 497 yards and two touchdowns) along with Bryan Gilmore and Kevin Kasper.

Despite the Cardinals' problems, Ravens coach Brian Billick vows not to take them lightly, or parrot the prevalent thinking that this game and the Cincinnati Bengals' contest are virtual locks for Baltimore. "This is a team that is as dangerous as any team that we will play," Billick said. "We are on the road, different time zone, it's hot out there and they play very well at home. We will not buy into that perspective."

QUICK HITS: Baltimore ranks ninth in the league in total defense, 13th against the run and 10th against the pass. The Ravens are 21st in total offense with the top-rated rushing attack and the No. 32 passing offense. … Arizona ranks 29th in total offense with the No. 30 rushing offense and No. 17 passing game. The Cardinals have the No. 21 defense, 11th against the run and are 26th against the pass. …The Cardinals' massive offensive line, including 365-pound guard Leonard Davis, was overwhelmed at times by a much smaller Dallas defensive front as Jeff Blake was sacked twice for safeties. The former Baltimore starting quarterback repeatedly scolded his blockers as he left the field. … Arizona middle linebacker Ronald McKinnon broke the jaw of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten on Sunday.

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