Ravens have to account for Jaguars' tandem

OWINGS MILLS - Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor has quite a history against the Baltimore Ravens despite his team's five consecutive losses. He rushed for 151 yards on 25 carries in the Ravens' 17-10 win over the Jaguars last season. Taylor has already rushed for 505 yards on 124 carries this fall.

Although his career has been beset by injuries, Taylor has been especially productive against Baltimore. In five games, he has carried the football 94 times for 432 yards with 26 catches for 257 yards. "He's a great back," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "All we have to do is look at last year's film to recognize that. Obviously, we can't let that get cranked up again."

Wide receiver Jimmy Smith is back from a four-game drug suspension. In 13 games against Baltimore, he has 88 receptions for 1,407 yards and 10 touchdowns. Expect both Taylor and Smith to touch the football a lot against the Ravens' fifth-ranked defense. "Those are our two studs," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "We will go as far as they will take us. We need big days out of them to have a chance."

INJURY UPDATE: Cornerback Corey Fuller is still listed as doubtful with a groin and hamstring problem, but Billick indicated that he might not be available for Sunday's game. That would mean Gary Baxter would start at cornerback and Will Demps would take Baxter's place at free safety. "It's a little bit better," Billick said of Fuller's status. "It might be smarter to go without him."

Nickel back Tom Knight was upgraded from questionable to probable. He missed last game with a groin pull, but hasn't aggravated the injury. "I think that Tom's going to be fine," Billick said. "Fortunately, we lose one and we pick one up. Gary's versatility, again, is the key for us."

The Ravens list tight end Todd Heap (shoulder), running back Jamal Lewis (shoulder) and linebacker Bart Scott (leg) as probable.

Jacksonville will be without quarterback Mark Brunell (elbow) and placed former Ravens cornerback James Trapp on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

RED-FLAGGED: Despite Billick's vehement complaints regarding the instant replay system, he doesn't plan to stop throwing the red challenge flags. "No, I'm not hesitant in anything," he said. "I've made by views clear on it, but, no, I'm not going to ignore it. I'm going to work within the system that we have." 

QUICK HIT: Jacksonville backup right guard Marques Ogden is the younger brother of Ravens All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden.  "There is nothing better than kicking your brother's butt," Billick said. "Anybody that has a younger brother knows what that's like."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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